New York City
March 2003

Close Up Foundation & Smithsonian Announce New Summer HS Program in Washington, D.C.

The Close Up Foundation and the Smithsonian Institution announced a new educational travel program for high school students. Destination DC: Culture, Politics, and History is a seven-day program in Washington DC that will be held July 7-13, 2003.

Destination DC is the only Smithsonian-sponsored travel program for students and will focus on topics such as the portrayal of Americaís past, policy-making in action, characteristics of national leaders, and citizenís rights in a participatory democracy. Activities afford behind-the-scene explanations during private tours of the Smithsonian museums and attendance of committee meetings on Capitol Hill.

Led by trained Program Instructors, participants will join in small group discussions about domestic and international issues. While expanding on ideas about democracy, students will develop communication, cooperation, and judgment skills. Through their partnership on Destination DC, the Close Up Foundation and the Smithsonian Institution hope to give students a fully comprehensive view of the history, present reality, and possible future of democracy in the United States.

Close Up Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan civic education organization. Through its government study visit programs, award winning publications, video productions, and national television programming on C-SPAN, the Close Up message of citizen participation reaches millions annually.#

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