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Student Leadership Conference July 29-July 31

Civic Engagement - Close-Up Foundation Program

Student Opportunity for Civic Engagement

Deadline: July 15

Grade Levels: 2024-25 – 10th, 11th and 12th

If planning on attending the Student Leadership Conference July 29-July 31, then Stop by the main office to pick up your parent permission form and return it there once completed (See attachment for document).

Complete this interest form/survey:


We are looking for student leaders to join the Close-Up Foundation Program and attend the Student Leadership Conference from Monday, July 29 to Wednesday, July 31, 2024. This program is open to incoming sophomores, juniors, and seniors.


Event Details:

  • Dates: Monday, July 29 to Wednesday, July 31, 2024
  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch will be provided daily along with special promotional giveaways.
  • Transportation: A bus will pick up students from Challenge Early College HS at 8:00 a.m. and return around 4:15-4:30 p.m. (pending traffic). Students must ride the bus and cannot drive themselves.
  • Celebration Day: On Thursday, August 1, there will be a special celebration at Pinstripes Bowling Alley from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


Program Benefits:

  • Leadership opportunities
  • Community service hours
  • Branded merchandise
  • Special recognition

Participating students will become ambassadors at Challenge Early College HS, helping peers understand the importance of voting and civic engagement. This initiative aligns with government class curricula and offers leadership training, fun activities, and recognition. The Close-Up Foundation will present local government operations during the event, with an opportunity for a trip to Washington, DC later in the year.


About the Program:

This Youth Leadership initiative is designed to elevate student voice on civics and voter education. Ambassadors will serve their campus by planning and supporting events meant to encourage their peers to become engaged in the democratic process. High school sophomores, juniors, and seniors in good academic standing with an interest in voter education, civics, government, or related areas are eligible to apply.


For more information, permission slips, and to join, please complete this survey or contact Mr. Eduardo Elizondo, HISD Coordinator with Community Partnerships, at


We look forward to your participation in these exciting opportunities!