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Close Up News is a one-stop shop for the latest goings-on at the Foundation. Check this space frequently for stories, updates, and newsletters that highlight our programs and initiatives; the students, teachers, and partners we work with nationwide; and the ways we’re all joining forces to make an impact.

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Crafting a Civic Vision: Close Up Fosters Civic Engagement with Student Symposium and Teacher Conference

Post | February 1, 2024

WASHINGTON—The Close Up Foundation, through its National Network of Schools in Partnership (NNSP) division, brought students and educators to the nation’s capital in January for parallel three-day conferences aimed at forging actionable plans for transforming their schools into civic hubs for community engagement.  Student Symposium: Forging Future Leaders  The Community Impact & Civic Leadership Symposium […]

Close Up and A Starting Point Host Students for White House Q&A

Post | January 31, 2024

WASHINGTON—The Close Up Foundation partnered with A Starting Point (ASP) to bring students from Maryland and Virginia to the White House on January 30 for a wide-ranging discussion with administration officials about youth civic engagement and policy priorities relating to energy, the environment, and the economy. Approximately 60 students and teachers took part in the […]

Close Up and the Arizona Cardinals Kick Off Civics Matters Arizona 2024

Post | January 30, 2024

GLENDALE, Ariz.—Leaders of the Arizona Cardinals, the Close Up Foundation, and Greater Phoenix Leadership (GPL) gathered at State Farm Stadium on January 17 to kick off this year’s Civics Matters Arizona program alongside community partners and elected officials from across the state. Now in its third year, Civics Matters Arizona is an annual civic engagement […]

Broward County high school students embark on Rally to the Tally for new Floridians

Post | November 14, 2023

WEST BROWARD, FLA. (WSVN) – Approximately 300 foreign-born and newly arrived immigrants, Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) high school students, are set to participate in Rally to the Tally for new Floridians starting Tuesday. READ FULL ARTICLE>      

Sinema Meets Arizona High School Students Visiting Nation’s Capitol with Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute

Post | August 16, 2023

WASHINGTON – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema met with Arizona high school students from Xavier College Preparatory and Brophy College Preparatory visiting Washington D.C. as part of the Close Up program, sponsored by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. READ FULL ARTICLE>        

The National Network of Schools in Partnership Merges with the Close Up Foundation

Post | July 12, 2023

Arlington, VA – The Close Up Foundation is pleased to announce that it has merged with the National Network of Schools in Partnership (NNSP), with NNSP becoming a division of Close Up effective July 1, 2023. The new division will be overseen by NNSP’s longtime executive director, Blake Kohn, and the entirety of Close Up will remain under […]

Cardinals Again Emphasize How Civics Matter Through D.C. Trip

Post | June 14, 2023

Franchise teams with Close Up to send high school students on team plane…Johnson’s essay was what got him to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport on Wednesday morning, one of 260 students chosen — based on their essays — to take part in the second annual Civics Matter Arizona trip to Washington D.C. Pairing with the Close […]

Getting up close

Post | April 27, 2023

“I definitely recommend this trip. It is a fun learning experience, and the memories I have made there I will surely never forget…You also get to hear different types of opinions from your group mates on government issues.” – Josie Smith READ FULL ARTICLE>      


I chaperoned Arizona teens on a trip to Washington DC. We could all learn from them.

Post | March 31, 2023

12News travelled alongside a group of Arizona high school students who visited the nation’s capitol to learn necessary skills in government. VIEW FULL VIDEO>      

Close Up Announces Executive Leadership Promotions of Mia Charity and Stephanie Stargell

Post | March 28, 2023

Arlington, VA—The Close Up Foundation is pleased to announce that it has named Mia Charity as its new president and Stephanie Stargell as chief financial and operating officer, effective March 23, 2023. READ FULL PRESS RELEASE >        

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