Georgia Close Up

Basic Information

Address: Atlanta, GA
Phone Number: 4048342044
Director: Ron Thomas

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Additional Information

Causes Served: Students in the Greater Atlanta area
Clearances Required: No
Background Check: No
Population Served: students
Ages for Volunteer: 18-
Hours of Service: as much as you care to give
Minimum Hours Required: 4
Days of Service: February 20th and 21st March 5th, 6th, and 7th March 14th March 15th
Mission Statement:

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.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

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.

Program History:

For the last 30 years, Georgia Close Up has conducted over 65 local programs on topics ranging from state legislation to public health or the environment. More than 7,200 students, teachers, parents and senior citizens have participated in our local education programs. With a small grant from the Close Up Foundation, community support, and a host of volunteers, Close Up has been able to bring speakers such as Former President and Governor Jimmy Carter to our conferences. Other guest speakers who have participated in Georgia Close Up programs include Former Ambassador and Mayor Andrew Young, Former Governors Zell Miller and Roy Barnes, Secretary of State Cathy Cox, Lieutenant Governor Mark Taylor, Former Congressman Ben Jones, Former Texas Governor Ann Richards, civil rights leaders Julian Bond and Vernon Jordan, as well as countless state representatives, dignitaries, officials, experts and specialists who have addressed participants on different issues throughout the years.


We provide Middle Schoolers and High Schoolers the opportunity to learn policy through our interactive programs. At these programs they will discuss legislation with our program instructors and get the opportunity to speak with Legislators and senators from both parties.

Additional Information:

 We are looking for Program Instructors for all of our programs. Our programs will be held near the Georgia State Capital making it ideal for any students with in the area. The program instructors will lead the students through policy based discussion. Not only will you get to make an impact on young people but you are enviably changing the shape of your community forever/