IMPACT: Creating Youth Advocates

High School Programs



Now more than ever, young people want to play a pivotal role in addressing inequities in the United States and developing solutions. During the 2022-2023 school year, Close Up and the National Network of Schools in Partnership are offering several opportunities to bring together high school students from across the country to build the tools and knowledge to engage with systemic issues and become catalysts for effective change in their communities. Throughout these programs, students will deliberate about pressing national issues, explore the political and structural barriers to equity, deepen their understanding of existing campaigns for change, and work together to create meaningful solutions. 

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FALL - Deliberating Systemic Issues (Virtual)


How can you engage on controversial issues that matter to you and build empathy for diverse ideas and perspectives? 

Through this series of six online sessions facilitated by Close Up instructors, high school students will develop a deeper understanding of complex policy challenges facing the nation, connect those issues to longstanding values and tensions, and gain a rich understanding of the value of deliberation in a democracy. Students will examine major policy issues, evaluate proposals that represent a range of viewpoints, and consider, as a group, how to best address these issues. After developing a better understanding of their own values and priorities, students will participate in a training to develop the facilitation skills to lead controversial issue discussions in their own school communities. 

Dates & Pricing: 

Every Tuesday & Thursday after school | October 11-27, 2022 | 8:00-9:15pm (EST) / 5:00-6:15pm (PST)
All sessions will take place on Zoom.

  • Cohort of 6 Students: $1,800
  • Individual Student Tuition: $300 


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


WINTER - Community Impact Symposium: Race, Justice, and Equity (Washington, DC)


How can you create positive, systemic change in your school or local community? 

During this three-day Community Impact Symposium in Washington, DC, high school students from across the country will consider how to create positive, systemic change in their school or local community. Students will better understand the political and structural barriers to equity in our systems of education, health, or justice; identify various approaches taken at the local, state, and national levels; and work in school-based teams to create a vision statement that incorporates their personal experiences and tangible action steps. The symposium will culminate with each school team sharing their vision with relevant administrators and community engagement experts at the 2023 NNSP Conference! 

Dates & Pricing: 

Saturday, January 28 – Monday, January 30, 2023, in Washington, DC 

  • NNSP and Close Up Member Tuition: $975 per student
  • Non-Member Tuition: $1,100 per student
  • Friday Early Arrival Option: $210 per student

This in-person program is exclusively for students in grades 9-12, and is open to individual students as well as a school cohort.  Please note that all participants (or their cohorts) are responsible for booking their own transportation to and from Washington, DC.

INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS: Interested students, who are not associated with a school group, should contact us at programsupport@closeup.org for next steps.


Space is limited. Please register by December 1, 2022 to confirm your participation.

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


SUMMER - National Youth Impact Summit (Washington, DC)


The National Youth Impact Summit equips students with the tools and knowledge to become catalysts for change in their communities. Students will network with diverse peers nationwide, hear inspiring stories from young activists on strategies and models of advocacy and activism, and deepen their understanding of issues and root causes in their communities. They will work in national teams to create meaningful solutions, craft policy proposals, and present their proposals to decision-makers on Capitol Hill.

Summer 2023 – Details coming soon! 

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


If you require financial assistance, or if your school/group is interested in customizing a program for an entire grade or course, please contact us at programsupport@closeup.org. 





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