Customize a Virtual Program



Our virtual programs are designed to be flexible, making them easily adaptable to any schedule or learning goals. All programs are facilitated by Close Up instructors, who are experts in leading student discussions, building inclusive communities, and connecting students with the world around them.

Select from one of our pre-designed programs or collaborate with our team to shape the program. Here are a few examples of how schools have partnered with Close Up to create meaningful virtual opportunities:

  • Capstone Project Week (J-Term for 100 9th Graders): Building off of our IMPACT action-civics curriculum, this week-long community engagement program gives students an opportunity to work in teams to address a pressing national issue and design an action plan. Check out projects from past IMPACT programs!
  • 8th Grade Class (Re-imagining a DC trip): This program gave middle school students a chance to investigate key election issues, participate in a legislative simulation, and speak with their Member of Congress or Congressional staff. Check out a sample schedule!
  • Empowering Female Voices (9th and 10th grade DEI program at an all-girls school): Students worked to build an inclusive community, participated in sessions on political values, learned and deliberated about critical policy issues, and considered ways to take-action on the issues that matter most to them. Check out our Empowering Female Voices: President’s First 100 Days curriculum.
  • Community Engagement Beyond Election Day (Network of Schools): This three-day program brought 11th grade students from a network of schools together to build on the unprecedented interest, personal investment, and civic engagement the 2020 election created among young people.
  • Mentor Training (Program for 9th and 12th grade): This fall, Close Up prepared high school senior mentors to facilitate important discussions with freshman and build community throughout the school year.

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Community Engagement Experience

Impact is a unique and engaging virtual program designed to help middle and high school students develop the skills necessary to pursue a passion, tackle a community need, and form a network with young leaders from across the U.S. Learn More >

Student Voices

Debate and Discuss Current Issues

Student Voices is a virtual program where students will interact with their peers nationwide and learn about current issues. Learn More >

Empowering Girls' Voices

100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment

Empowering Girls’ Voices is a program that brings together students from schools nationwide to help them develop empathy for other perspectives, gain skills, and build confidence. Learn More >

Inspiring Civic Action

Confront Challenges Facing Our Democracy

Inspiring Civic Action is a virtual program where students can share their political values, deliberate critical policy issues, and build a virtual community. Learn More >

Stanford and Close Up Courses

Learning Deliberative Democracy

Stanford and Close Up courses allow students and educators to engage in meaningful discussions, and address real-world issues through deliberative polling. Learn More >

Custom Virtual Programs

Looking for meaningful ways to engage your students virtually, build community, or reimagine service-learning opportunities? Learn More >

Over 93% of students said Close Up’s virtual programs…

helped them understand the importance of using their voice to make change in their communities.