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.
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.
Enhance your classroom!
Close Up’s digital resource libraries and professional development workshops give educators the tools to facilitate learning, debate, and discussion while bringing their classroom to life.
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!
I’m all pumped up from the program! …
I plan to speak to everyone about the experience for students here. The curricular component has been rigorous and productive.
Close Up is a positive experience for students…
seeing themselves as having the power to influence the democratic process.
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.