Each year, Georgia Close Up has two special conferences focusing on legislation at the state level for middle and high school students at the Georgia State Capitol. Some of our objectives are to heighten political and social awareness among our participants, fill a need for law and civic education outside the classroom, and reinforce the idea that individuals can make a difference in our community through civic activism. During these one day and two-day conferences, Georgia Close Up's team of trained program instructors and site coordinators provide intensive discussions on legislation as it relates to young people. Students have the chance to meet with their state legislative representatives, tour the Capital, and find out how the legislative process works. During the conference, real legislative bills are debated and voted on. The results are forwarded with accompanying letter from the students to each state senator and representative. In the words of Georgia Close Up’s Chairperson, Ron Thomas, “The program is designed to put students in the drivers seat, down in the trenches of state government activities. When participants walk away, they are never the same."