Since 1971, over 900,000 students and educators have participated in Close Up programs.
Our goals are to inspire students to find their unique voice and to help them develop the skills and awareness they need to be engaged citizens for a lifetime.
Close Up is selected as the official education partner for A Starting Point (ASP)!
This fall, we will launch a nationwide civic engagement initiative to enhance resources available to schools and help educate the next generation on pressing issues in hopes to increase participation in our democracy.
We are excited to announce the launch of ASP Chat, a new video series featuring conversations with U.S. lawmakers including questions from Close Up students that will premier August 17th in conjunction with the Democratic and Republican National Conventions! Each evening after the convention, ASP will interview a lawmaker and include questions from Close Up students and can be streamed live on the ASP website.
Become a part of history with Close Up!
Every four years, the eyes of the nation turn to Washington, DC, for the inauguration of our country’s president. With Close Up, you get the chance to experience the power of our democracy up close through one of our exciting programs:
Experience everything DC has to offer with new friends from across the country. Space is limited, reserve your spot today!
Explore on Student Program!
Make lifelong memories as you come face-to-face with the people and places that shape our nation, and discover how your voice can make an impact on American democracy.
Connect on Teacher Program!
While students participate in hands-on learning experiences in the nation’s capital, teachers can connect with other educators from across the country on our one-of-a-kind Teacher Program in Washington, DC.
Close Up brought me CLOSER to politics…
the entire notion no longer seemed obscure. I became very involved in politics on the local and national level.
I plan to introduce Close Up’s professional development to the teachers I work with…
and use this as a part of my school’s requirement that students take action on issues of local, national, and international importance.
I learned that there’s a huge network of people with the same goals and drive as me…
and that our collaboration really could make a difference. It gave me hope for the future of our communities and our nation!
I’m truly blown away by what Close Up’s been able to accomplish. in the last two weeks during IMPACT 2020…
The material seems very high level, and my daughter’s been very motivated to participate every day. I wanted to be sure to commend the staff on providing such a great experience!