Close Up & ASP

Close Up is the official education partner of A Starting Point! 

Bring elected officials into your school through ASP Homeroom. 

Co-founded by actor and director Chris Evans, Golden Globe- and Emmy-nominated filmmaker and actor Mark Kassen, and media and technology entrepreneur Joe Kiani, A Starting Point (ASP) is a website, app, and media distribution platform that seeks to be a truly unbiased resource for information and civic engagement. By having lawmakers on both sides of the aisle directly answer questions about the policies they create, ASP seeks to demystify politics and create a more informed, empathetic citizenry. 

Together, Close Up and ASP have created ASP Homeroom, a nationwide civic engagement initiative to enhance the resources available to schools, educate students on the most pressing issues of our time, bring lawmakers inside the classroom, and create interactive learning opportunities between different schools and communities. 

Join us for ASP Chats!

Close Up is thrilled to partner with ASP for ASP Chats, a video series of conversations with U.S. lawmakers featuring questions posed by Close Up students. ASP Chats cover the most important, most contested issues in our national conversation and can be streamed on ASP’s website. 

Interested in learning more about Close Up and our civic education programs, curriculum, classroom resources, and professional development? Visit our Current Issues Blog and contact us at info@closeup.org. 


Civic Engagement in Education

Senator Chris Coons (D-DE)
December 2, 2020

Human Rights in China

Congresswoman Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA) & Congressman Michael Waltz (R-FL)
March 31, 2021

Labor Unions

Congresswoman Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA) & Congressman Andy Levin (D-MI)
May 26, 2021

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Close Up & ASP in the News

August 20, 2020 - Gray Television Washington News Bureau
August 14, 2020 - NBC TODAY
July 28, 2020 - ABC News Live
July 23, 2020 - Cheddar Politics
July 15, 2020 - ABC World News and America This Morning