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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Recruit for our programs

Know someone who would be a good candidate for a Sorensen program? Tell us about them!

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Leadership Award Nominations

This award will be presented annually to the individuals who model the spirit and mission of Sorensen through the trust, civility and respect they have consistently shown toward others. They create sustainable efforts toward the betterment of a more decent and tolerant civic life and culture for the people of the Commonwealth. 

HSLP 2019: Day 9

Reported by: Lauren Francis, Yorktown High School, and P.T. Meadors, Lakeland High School

HSLP 2019: Day 8

Reported by: Annie Eng, Smithfield High School, Miles Heffernan, George Mason High School, and Faadil Mohammed, Osbourn Park High School

HSLP 2019: Day 7

Reported by: Jacob Ellis, Princess Anne High School and Daniel Moss, Trinity School at Meadow View

HSLP 2019: Day 6

Reported by: Elizabeth Paul, Oakton High School and Hayden Dean, Rye Cove High School

HSLP 2019: Day 5

Aryanna Curry, Stonebridge School and Ben Skromne, Thomas Jefferson High School

HSLP 2019: Day 4

Written by: Jonah Clatterbuck, Madison County High School AND Brendan Smith, Poquoson High School 

Looking for more political news and resources?

Check out the Sorensen political links page to discover new insights into politics in Virginia. We seek out new informational resources  and frequently update the page with new links so bookmark it for later (or set it as your homepage if you like).