Thanks to our generous support of our donors and partners, Close Up is the only civic education program that serves every segment of society, actively seeking to provide opportunities for all students regardless of their socio-economic level or prior academic success.

Below are a few of our key philanthropic partnerships:

Bank of America: The Student Leadership Summit
Bank of America’s Student Leaders Program offers high school students a leadership development program that provides students with valuable perspectives on civic, social and business partnerships as positive forces of change within their communities. Students selected to participate in the Student Leaders Program take part in a summer internship experience at a non-profit in their home community, as well as the Student Leadership Summit, conducted by the Close Up Foundation each July. Together, these activities help students develop important leadership skills and strengthen their commitment to improving their communities.

The Allstate Foundation: Teen Safe Driving Policy Summit
In conjunction with Nation Youth Traffic Safety Month in May, Close Up conducts the Teen Safe Driving Policy Summit to help young people learn about and explore the public policy and driver safety issues affecting young drivers. Participants have the opportunity to meet with officials from the U.S. Department of Transportation, discuss and debate issues with their peers, meet with Members of Congress, and develop community action plans to raise awareness among their peers about safe driving practices.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota & Florida Foundations: Students Building Healthy Communities
In 2010, Blue Cross Blue Shield commissioned a study which found that in major metropolitan areas, inequalities resulting from socioeconomic and environmental factors were preventing disadvantaged communities from being their healthiest. To address the needs of these communities, Close Up conducts the Students Building Healthy Communities program to help high school students gain a better understanding of health-related public policy issues, assess the health of their communities, and develop community action projects intended to improve access to healthy choices in their schools and communities.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute: Young Latino Leaders in Washington
Thanks to the generous support of the State Farm Insurance Company, Close Up is partnering with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) to run the Young Latino Leaders in Washington Program. This program combines Close Up’s core civic education methodology and CHCI’s proven leadership curriculum for Latino youth to give select low-income students the opportunity to participate in a unique civic education experience.

Deloitte Services: Operation Next Generation
Through the Operation Next Generation Program, Deloitte programs scholarships to young people from military families to participate in a Close Up Washington program. Operation Next Generation is a way for youth from these families to learn about the democracy their parents are defending and for which many of them are making personal sacrifices. Another special component of this program will focus on college-readiness training and working with Deloitte volunteers in their local community.

Please click here for a full list of Close Up's philanthropic partners. If you would like to discuss a potential partnership, please contact Close Up’s Development team.


"Close Up has made me more aware of my civic duties. It has made me think more about my role as a citizen of the United States, and it has helped me become more informed about what is going on in our country and abroad."

   – Melanie, Student, LA
Educating for democracy since 1971
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