Close Up’s Program Instructors are the heart and soul of our programs and ensure students have a safe, rewarding, and fun experience!
They come from some of the nation’s top universities as well as from distinguished programs such as the Peace Corps, Teach for America, and AmeriCorps. Hailing from all over the country, our instructors have a wide range of expertise and work experience–many of them have taught overseas, interned on Capitol Hill, or hold a master’s degree or teaching diploma.
Our instructors have over 120 hours of curriculum and methodology training and are certified in First Aid and CPR.
Close Up instructors use lesson plans crafted to build students’ skills and dispositions for democratic engagement. In addition, reflecting on the new knowledge and skills that students build during program, they help participants reflect on their own political efficacy and assess their growth as powerful democratic citizens.
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.
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 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 brought me CLOSER to politics…
the entire notion no longer seemed obscure. I became very involved in politics on the local and national level.