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.
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 gave me the chance to have my voice heard, …
…and spend time with kids who had the same interest in our nation as I did, and grow and learn through debate and first-hand experiences. Close Up was amazing. I would go back in a heartbeat!
Close Up made me realize how SIGNIFICANT my thoughts and views are…
Although everyone will not always agree, everyone has a voice and needs to be heard.
Close Up was the GREATEST experience of my life!..
It has inspired me to become a political leader in this great country. I have not only gained an even greater expansion of knowledge in the area of politics, but I have also gained lifelong friends.
Close Up is a positive experience for students…
seeing themselves as having the power to influence the democratic process.