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Georgia Close Up's mission is to encourage informed active citizen participation in the democratic process and for young people, teachers, and citizens of all ages to gain a practical understanding of how public policy affects their lives and how they can affect public policy. Georgia Close Up is committed to developing new and better ways for young people to become effective participants by providing a balanced perspective on issues.
Georgia Close Up is a nonpartisan, nonprofit educational organization, which
encourages responsible participation in the democratic process through
educational programs in government and citizenship. Georgia Close Up is
committed to developing new and better ways for young people, teachers, and
citizens of all ages to gain a practical understanding of public policy. They
learn how this affects their lives and in turn how they can effect change.
Georgia Close Up was designed by local teachers and community leaders to focus
on state and local issues, as well as national issues that have local impact. It
is funded by the national Close Up Foundation, program fees from participants,
and such community corporate sponsors as The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
and RJR Nabisco, Inc.
The Close Up Foundation, the national foundation, is in its third decade of
involving high school students in the democratic process. Since 1971, the
Foundation has brought more than 500,000 participants to Washington, D.C. for
the unique experience of studying government on location. Through its nationwide
programs and activities, Close Up strives to help people understand the
responsibilities and opportunities of citizenship in the United States.
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