Who We Are EXPLORE yesterday Close Up is more than a tour – we are the ultimate real-world experience. Since 1971, we have brought over 900,000 students and teachers to our nation’s capital and beyond to show them first- hand the power of the political process and how it relates to them. Using America’s most notable cities as living classrooms, students make personal connections with the people, institutions, and iconic sites that embody our nation’s pastandpresent.Throughmeaningful conversations with students from across the country, our programs help young people find their unique voice. The empowerment of youth and the issues they care about are at the core of what we do. We believe that informed citizens create a stronger democracy, so it’s our mission to provide young people with the skills they will need to be actively engaged citizens for a lifetime. Not only will students have a fun and inspirational experience, they will also come back as leaders in their community!