Empowering Female Voices

A Civic Engagement Program for Girls


In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, the election of the nation’s first female vice president, and a record number of women in Congress in 2021, Close Up is proud to offer Empowering Female Voices.  In partnership with the Hockaday Institute for Social Impact, girls from schools nationwide will participate in a series of six online civic engagement workshops to discuss the issues that matter most to them, develop empathy for the perspectives of others, and build the skills and confidence needed to empower a generation of female change-makers.


Through a series of six online discussions designed and facilitated by Close Up instructors, students will engage with girls nationwide for weekly sessions. Students will participate in sessions on political values, learn and deliberate about critical policy issues shaping the nation, and consider ways to activate members of their communities to take action on the issues that matter most to them.

Our curriculum specialists will also provide teachers with a virtual professional development training session and ready-to-use classroom resources to support continued student discussion and understanding of pressing issues.




The program is intended for girls in grades 9-12 and can be integrated into a current government or civics course, advisory program, club, or leadership development opportunity like student council. During this time of social distancing, the series can also replace a capstone project, experiential learning trip, or community service opportunity.

Dates: High School National Program – Empowering Female Voices: President’s First 100 Days

  • Program Sessions:  Every Monday and Thursday, January 25 – February 11, 2021, from 6:00-7:15pm (EST) / 3:00-4:15pm (PST)
  • National Civic Action Symposium: On February 18, all girls who participate in Empowering Female Voices: President’s First 100 Days will be invited to share selected policy proposals with a panel of female politicians and changemakers for feedback and advice.

Each school will be combined other schools nationwide for their discussion sessions.



  • Individual Student (for 1-14 students): $175 per student
  • Classroom or Student Group (15-25 students): $3,500 per classroom/student group

For questions about scholarship opportunities, or if your school/group is interested in customizing dates for an entire grade, a course, or a specific group such as student government or a club, please email programsupport@closeup.org.  


Participation in a Close Up program requires parent or guardian approval for any participants under 18 years of age. 




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