What Is the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership?

Through a variety of programs - for high school and college leaders to first-time political candidates and influential business and community leaders - the Sorensen Institute has established itself as a powerful and effective force for restoring public confidence in our political system. At the heart of every Sorensen program are three central themes: ethics in public service, the power of bipartisanship, and a concentrated study of public policy issues.

Meet Sorensen Alumni

Meet the esteemed alumni who completed our program and continued on to improve their communities.

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Explore our Programs

 Our leadership development programs focus on Virginia residents interested in becoming active in public service.

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Sorensen seeks Executive Director

The University of Virginia invites applications and nominations for the position of Executive Director of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership. The closing date is Aug. 31, 2016.

HSLP 2016: Day 13 - Thursday, July 21

High School Leaders Program, Class of 2016
Day 13: Thursday, July 21
Reported by: Chris Hopkins, James W. Robinson Jr. Secondary School, and David Wilbourne, Princess Anne High School

HSLP 2016: Day 12 - Wednesday, July 20

High School Leaders Program, Class of 2016
Day 12: Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Reported by: Oliver Simon, Princess Anne High School and Sasha Grossman, Oakton High School
 
Today the Sorensen HSLP spent the day touring and meeting with various individuals affiliated with the General Assembly in Richmond, Virginia. Upon arrival to the General Assembly at approximately 9:00 am we were revived by a much needed fresh supply of Sugar Shack Doughnuts.

HSLP 2016: Day 10 - Monday, July 18

High School Leaders Program, Class of 2016
Day 10: Monday, July 18, 2016
Reported by: Evelyn Saunders, Maggie Walker Governor's School and Pablo Gomez Garcia, James River High School
 
Today, like many other days, was a busy one for the 2016 Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership High School Leaders Program (HSLP). This was our last day doing seminar-style discussion in the classroom with Mr. Marc Johnson. Tomorrow, we look forward to completing the Budget Game with Mr.