Witness the nation's future unfold with Close Up! Join us for our 6-day/5-night Election Week program where you will meet new friends from across the country and experience the excitement of the 2018 midterm elections!

Critical to shaping politics and policy for years to come, the midterm elections are one of the most thrilling events in our nation’s capital. Come to DC and experience the energy first-hand! Join others who are interested in learning more about the electoral process and the importance of becoming educated about issues that matter to them.

As part of our Election Week program, you will participate in a series of activities, seminars, and Washington site visits to help you understand your unique role in our democracy. Similar to our flagship program, Close Up’s Election Week will give you the opportunity to meet face-to-face with your Congressional delegation on Capitol Hill, and other Washington insiders who influence our American political system.

In the spirit of election, you and your new friends will also participate in an exclusive election issues seminar and a ‘hot topics’ debate that focuses on the divisive issues of the current election cycle, such as gerrymandering, youth voting, and PACs. All of this builds up to the excitement of election night where you will enjoy a special dinner and watch the voting results live!

Don’t miss out on this historic experience - enroll today!

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"Your program was amazingly well organized and everything was so well thought out and implemented. I couldn't even describe in words the impact this trip had on our students on a personal level and at looking differently at the world and it's opportunities."

   – Thomas, Teacher, NY
Educating for democracy since 1971
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