The Close Up Foundation brings citizens from throughout the nation and around the world to Washington, D.C., for a firsthand look at the federal government and the development of public policy. A nonprofit, nonpartisan civic education organization, Close Up connects individuals of all ages to their communities and institutions through challenging education programs and products. By building partnerships with the education community, the private and philanthropic sectors, and all branches and levels of government, Close Up makes civic participation a dynamic and meaningful experience. Since its founding in 1970, Close Up has remained focused on the values of citizenship and the importance of an educated electorate, aware that democracy is a constantly renewing experience that must be taught and shared with each new generation. It has continued a strong organizational determination to make the democratic process available to students from every background, and places special emphasis on outreach to disadvantaged young people, with fellowship programs for low-income students, minority students, migrant students, recent immigrants, American Indians, Alaska Natives, the hearing and visually impaired, and other students with special needs.
Mr. Timothy S. Davis
civic participation, education, service, current events, curricular materials, teacher training, leadership
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1330 Braddock Place Suite 400
Alexandria, VA 22314 USA
Education N.E.C. (B99)
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Since 1971, more than 650,000 students, educators, and other adults have participated in Close Up's weeklong government studies programs in the nation's capital. Each year, more than 20,000 students, teachers, and other adults take part in Close Up's programs in Washington, D.C., while thousands more across the country participate in Close Up state and local government studies programs. In addition to its flagship program for high school students (Close Up Washington) and its separate professional development program for educators accompanying their students (Close Up Program for Teachers), the Foundation also conducts weeklong Washington, D.C., programs for middle school students (Close Up Capital Experience); immigrant students (Close Up Program for New Americans); and, in partnership with Elderhostel, older Americans (Close Up Lifelong Learning Series). In recent years, Close Up has designed and implemented the Great American Cities Program, a weeklong program in Washington, D.C. for tenth- and eleventh-grade youth and their teachers from major urban school districts. The Close Up Capital Connection program for teachers and students from the District of Columbia Public High Schools serves as a model for other school districts participating in this urban initiative. Close Up's outreach extends far beyond Washington, D.C., touching millions of lives through state and local programs, classroom-based academic and service-learning activities, and award-winning academic publications and documentaries. The Foundation produces national television programming on C-SPAN in partnership with The Freedom Forum and Newseum, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and The Center on Congress at Indiana University. The C-SPAN network currently reaches some 90 million households. Close Up also conducts First Vote, a classroom-based voter education, registration, and citizenship program for high school students. More information on Close Up programs can be found on its Web site (www.closeup.org).
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Mr. Timothy S. Davis
Timothy S. Davis, President and Chief Executive Officer, assumed his position on July 1, 2005, following the retirement of Stephen A. Janger, the founder of Close UMr. Davis served as Senior Vice President, Corporate and Government Affairs, for American Express Company; was a partner in the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld; and worked in several capacities in the Carter Administration. He holds a B.A. in political science from Northwestern University and a J.D. from American University.
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