Active Citizenship


Never has there been a more important time for young people to connect across distance and divides, engage with diverse perspectives, and understand pressing global issues. During the 2021-2022 school year, Close Up and the National Network of Schools in Partnership will bring together middle school students from around the country to build inclusive communities, develop the skills needed for active citizenship, and learn from the stories, the successes, and the setbacks of other young change-makers.  


About Close Up
About National Network of Schools in Partnership

Civic Leaders Program (6th and 7th Grade) 


The Civic Leaders program helps middle school students build the foundational skills for active and engaged citizenship and consider how people make an impact by examining case studies of young activists who have affected change in their communities. Through this series of four online workshops, students will learn that there are many pathways to change, and consider what strategies they might use to address an issue they care about in their own local community. 

Dates & Pricing 

Tuesdays & Thursdays after school | January 25 – February 3, 2022 | 6:15-7:15pm (EST) / 3:15-4:15pm (PST) 

  • Cohort of 6 Students: $1200 (Close Up & NNSP Member Price)
  • Individual Student: $250 

This program session is exclusively for students in 6th and 7th grade. You may nominate six students to represent your school as civic leaders. 

Close Up and NNSP are deeply committed to equity and inclusion. If you require financial assistance, please contact Close Up at


Space is limited. Please register by December 15, 2021 to confirm your participation.  

National Youth Summit (Rising 8th and 9th graders) 


The four-day Youth Summit in Washington, DC, equips students with the tools and knowledge they need to become catalysts for change. Students will network with diverse peers nationwide, hear inspiring stories from young activists about models of advocacy and activism, enhance their understanding of community issues and root causes, evaluate proposals that represent a range of viewpoints, and consider, as a group, how to best address those issues. 

In order to be eligible for the National Youth Summit in Washington, DC, students must attend at least one of the online sessions and be a rising 8th or rising 9th grader. 

Summer 2022 – Details coming soon! 

If you have any questions, or if your school/group is interested in customizing a program for an entire grade or course, please contact us at

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

Past Programs


The Civic Ambassadors program is a special opportunity to nominate six 8th grade students to represent your school in an examination of today’s most pressing issues with other students from across the country. Through this series of six online civic engagement workshops, students will build relationships, connect their experiences and personal stories to ongoing political debates and policy deliberations, and return back home to share what they have learned as civic ambassadors of their school communities. 





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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.