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.
Our leadership development programs focus on Virginia residents interested in becoming active in public service.
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Meet the esteemed alumni who completed our program and continued on to improve their communities.
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.
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.
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.
You Are Invited!
The Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership
11th Annual Legislative Reception
Monday, Feb. 6
5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Gateway Plaza, 18th Floor
800 East Canal Street, Richmond
RSVP by Feb. 2
The Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership is seeking applicants to be a Youth Program Manager in the summer of 2017 for its two High School Leaders Programs.
Both programs are residential at the University of Virginia. Each program is two weeks, with the HSLP Session A running from July 1-15, and HSLP Session B running from July 22-August 5.
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).