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2023 American Samoa Youth Summit

The Close Up Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Insular Affairs, and the American Samoa Department of Education brings together selected students from every high school in American Samoa to the 2023 American Samoa Youth Summit.

The Close Up Summit Program is an immersive educational experience that empowers students by providing a deep understanding of American democracy and civic engagement. Through classroom instruction, real-world experiences, and meetings with influential leaders, participants gain knowledge and insights into government, politics, and public policy. The program emphasizes critical thinking, respectful dialogue, and active citizenship, equipping students with the skills and motivation to become informed and engaged citizens in their communities and beyond.


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