National Youth Impact Summit

Summer 2024 details coming soon!



With young people inspiring and mobilizing political movements across the globe, Close Up’s National Youth Impact Summit—developed in partnership with Stanford’s Deliberative Democracy Lab and the National Network of Schools in Partnership (NNSP)—will provide you with the tools, knowledge, and experience you need to become a powerful advocate and leader.

This immersive, week-long, summer program will give you an unrivaled opportunity to meet and deliberate with other passionate high school students. Together you’ll develop a deep understanding of pressing national issues, deliberate to form lasting solutions, create a cohesive agenda for action, and learn how to effectively advocate for your proposals in front of public officials. Moving beyond political labels, you’ll come away from your experience with a nationwide network of fellow leaders, ready to make change at home.

Applications available March 2024


A Typical Day on Program

Student Speaking Close Up Shadow


You’ll be immersed in the real world of decision-making, deliberation, and advocacy work with a diverse group of students from across the United States. You’ll hear directly from policy experts, advocacy organizations, and policymakers from both sides of the aisle; examine the complexities of policy issues that matter to you; and practice crafting persuasive arguments to support various positions. 

  • 8:00–9:00am: Breakfast 
  • 9:00am–12:00pm: Morning Workshops 
  • 12:00–1:30pm: Lunch 
  • 1:30–3:30pm: Afternoon Workshops 
  • 4:00–5:30pm: Guest Speakers and Off-Site Visits 
  • 6:00–7:30pm: Dinner 
  • 7:30–11:00pm: Social Activities 

Each weekday, workshops will include a mix of lectures, discussions, hands-on activities, and group work. After dinner, you’ll have a chance to participate in social activities and explore Washington, DC, with your peers and Close Up facilitators until curfew at 11:00pm. 



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About Close Up
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About the National Network of Schools in Partnership