"Keystone Alum, Helping Young People Discover Democracy"
As a political science major at Keystone College, Adam Davis dreamed about using his knowledge and skills to make a difference in people’s lives. Now, as an instructor at the Close-Up Foundation in Washington, D.C., the 2010 Keystone graduate is getting his chance to do exactly that.
The Close-Up Foundation is a non-profit organization which partners with high schools around the country to bring students to the nation’s capital for a first-hand experience in civic engagement.
By getting a week-long, personal look at democracy in action, the Foundation encourages young people from different backgrounds to exercise the rights and accept the responsibilities that come with living in the United States. Adam conducts a variety of educational programs with the high school students to help drive that point home.
“I absolutely love being a part of this organization. I like helping young people learn more about their country and realize the importance of living in a democracy.”
Adam first learned about the Foundation during his senior year at Keystone from Political Science Professor Jeff Brauer, who once worked there as well. He applied for the job and was accepted not long after graduation. While he eventually plans to attend law school, Adams knows he’s on the right track for a great career.
“I think my education at Keystone helped inspire me. I was able to find my voice and realize what I wanted to do with my life. Now, I’m helping young people find their voices as well. For me, that’s a very satisfying way to live my life.”
Photo: Adam Davis (right) and Keystone Professor Jeff Brauer at the Martin Luther King Memorial in Washington, D.C.