For the Democracy in Action Institute, Georgetown University is partnering with the Close Up Foundation to provide expert faculty members who will lead students on an experiential journey examining effective and responsible participation in a democracy. Through visits to some of D.C.’s historic memorial sites and political institutions, students will gain a deeper understanding of the legislative process, current political policies and tensions, and approaches to citizen advocacy and activism.
Close Up is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that educates and inspires young people to become informed and engaged citizens. Since 1971, Close Up has partnered with schools and organizations across the country to inform, inspire, and empower young people to exercise the rights and accept the responsibilities of citizens in a democracy. Close Up program instructors will work directly with students in groups of 20–25 to facilitate discussions, lead simulations, and provide historical background knowledge throughout the week. All program instructors have college degrees, more than 120 hours of training in curriculum and methodology, and first aid and CPR training.