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.

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

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Meet Sorensen Alumni

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

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HSLP 2017: Day 4

Reported by Yirehi Del Valle Roman (TC Williams High School) and Catherine Quian (Maggie L. Walker Governor's School)

For class today, each group was responsible for reading about a period of Virginia’s political history. Mr. Walls divided us into six groups, each of which was asked to prepare a presentation covering a specific period in Virginia's political history ranging from the zenith of Harry Byrd's political machine to the climactic 2001 gubernatorial election. Because of the date, we had the unique honor of holding class in the beautiful Rotunda.

HSLP 2017: Day 1

Reported by: Nick Begotka (Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology) and Cameron Smithers (Hanover High School)

Today was our first day at Sorensen! After moving in and meeting our roommates, two of our youth program managers took us on a tour of UVA. The tour was great, save for the fact that there was virtually no shade to protect us from Charlottesville’s scorching summer weather.

Spring Gala Honoring John Hager

 
The Sorensen Institute is pleased to announce that our 16th Annual Spring Gala will honor former Lt. Gov. John Hager for his service to Sorensen and to the Commonwealth. 
 
John is the immediate past Chariman of the Sorensen Institute Statewide Advisory Board. He has served with distinction as the Director of Homeland Security for Virginia, Assistant U.S.

Sorensen to Lead Panel at Tom Tom Festival's Hometown Summit

Tom Walls wilI will be representing the Sorensen Institute during the Hometown Summit this April, where he will moderate a panel on civility in politics and help a national audience learn about Sorensen’s work.

An initiative of Tom Tom Founders Festival, the Hometown Summit is a conference dedicated to fostering innovation in small cities across the United States.

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).