Stanford and Close Up’s Public Policy Course

Learning Deliberative Democracy


In partnership with Stanford’s Center for Deliberative Democracy, this virtual summer course will bring students from across the country to work on a real-world deliberative democracy project using Deliberative Polling. Students will discuss and identify the most important issues facing their generation, and develop the skills needed to navigate these conversations in their home communities.

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Learning Deliberative Democracy

In this two-week virtual course, co-led by Stanford and Close Up faculty, students will work directly on a real-world deliberative democracy project using the method of Deliberative Polling. Students will identify the most important issues facing their generation, gain the knowledge and skills needed to lead deliberations in their schools and home communities, and develop resources and events to encourage youth participation in nationwide deliberations.


Dates & Times: Monday, June 28 – Thursday, July 1 & Tuesday, July 6 – Friday, July 9 | 1:00–4:00pm (EST) / 10:00am–1:00pm (PST)

All sessions will be synchronous and take place on Zoom.

Eligibility: High school students ages 15-18, with a defined interest in political science and public policy.

Students must have completed at least one year high school to participate.

Application Process & Tuition: You will need to complete an application and submit a teacher recommendation by May 10.

  • Successful candidates will be notified by May 31, 2021.
  • Tuition: $1,500 per student.


*Close Up and Stanford are committed to equity and inclusion, contact us for financial aid information.

Participation in a Close Up program requires parent or guardian approval for any participants under 18 years of age. 

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