Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

The Washington, D.C. Experience


The Close Up Washington, D.C. experience is an eight-month journey into civic education highlighted with a trip to Washington, D.C. in late June. This experience is sponsored by the Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative® (CGLI). Close Up provides an opportunity for students to be able to engage with fellow high school peers from around the country and the world, while learning about our government and democracy during a week-long civic engagement trip.

Since 1971, the Close Up Foundation has provided exciting, hands-on programs for students and teachers in Washington, D.C. Using the city as a living classroom, students are given access to the people, processes, and places that make the nation’s capital so unique. The CGLI is thrilled to offer this program to our students!

Participants in this program commit to eight months of social change. The highlight of the program is learning in the classroom. The classroom in this case is the foundation of democracy; our nation’s capitol. Our youth will visit everything from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial to the Smithsonian American History Museum, to the Embassy of Saudi Arabia -- and much more, all while interacting with fellow peers.

The learning experience will be one our youth will not soon forget; even when being bused from their hotel to numerous destinations, they were excited to engage in pop quizzes along the way and keen to demonstrate their newfound knowledge about the rich history of our nation.

Contact Us

Experiences like this cannot be made without the support from the community. If you would like to sponsor a student, please contact our director at (716) 852-2857 ext. 231.

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