Close Up programs are unlike any other!
Using DC as a living classroom, students make personal connections with the people and institutions that embody our nation’s past and present.
With the help of our Program Instructors, students learn more about history and government while considering a variety of viewpoints. Close Up’s once-in-a-lifetime opportunities are designed to inspire and empower students to become active participants in our democracy.
Develop the skills for a lifetime of active citizenship.
Our specialized curriculum uses the principles of cooperative learning and experiential, issue-centered education to inspire and empower students. We focus on:
Looking for an innovative virtual program for students?
Led by Close Up Instructors, our virtual experiences help students reach outside of their homes, their schools, and their communities to broaden their perspectives.Close Up engages young people in issue discussions to encourage them create concrete plans for community action, and expose them to new people, opinions, and world-views in a balanced way.
Close Up is a positive experience for students…
seeing themselves as having the power to influence the democratic process.
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 plan to introduce Close Up’s professional development to the teachers I work with…
and use this as a part of my school’s requirement that students take action on issues of local, national, and international importance.
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.