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Close Up Foundation is the official education partner of A Starting Point (ASP).

ASP and Close Up Foundation have launched a nationwide civic engagement initiative to:

  • Enhance resources available to schools during this unprecedented time of virtual learning;
  • Help educate the next generation of Americans on the most pressing issues of our time;
  • Bring lawmakers inside the classroom to deepen students’ understanding of U.S. government and politics;
  • Inspire active and informed participation in our democracy;
  • Create cross-cultural and interactive learning opportunities between different schools, communities, and states on issues surrounding government and politics.

To learn more about Close Up’s travel programs, resources, and civic education opportunities contact us today!


We are excited to announce ASP Chat, a new video series featuring conversations with U.S. lawmakers including questions from Close Up students that premiered in conjunction with the Democratic and Republican National Conventions! Each evening after the convention, ASP interviewed a lawmaker and include questions from Close Up students and can be streamed on the ASP website.

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Close Up & ASP in the News

August 20, 2020 - Gray Television Washington News Bureau
August 14, 2020 - NBC TODAY
July 28, 2020 - ABC News Live
July 23, 2020 - Cheddar Politics
July 15, 2020 - ABC World News and America This Morning