What Is the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership?

Through a variety of programs, the Sorensen Institute has a proven track record of bringing together diverse, bipartisan groups with an interest in bettering their communities.

By promoting effective leadership, working together, building trust, ethics, and mastery of public policy issues, Sorensen plays an important role in shaping a positive political discussion, greater understanding among Virginia's regions, and successful results in Virginia's governments and communities. These efforts strengthen the quality of governance and community service at all levels and help restore public confidence in our political system.

Many graduates of Sorensen program have later been elected to office or appointed to key state and local positions in government, served in leadership positions in the private sector or non-profit organizations, and created positive impacts in their communities.

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HSLP 2017, Session B: Day 5

Reported by Chase Smith (Freeman High School)

Today we spent the first half of our day in McGaheysville at Cub Run Dairy, a major dairy farm in Virginia. With a guided tour from Mr. Gerald Heatwole, the owner of the farm, we learned about the production of milk for Krogers' shelves all across the Commonwealth.

To start, we witnessed a veterinarian do an ultrasound on a cow that was pregnant with twins! The fetal cows were no bigger than two centimeters each, but had beating hearts!

HSLP 2017, Session B: Day 4

Reported by: Sinead Nardi-White (Nelson County High School) and Lucas Johnson (Monticello High School)

Following a night of extensive reading, we all woke up and headed to class at around 9 a.m. Our quick walk across the parking lot turned into a scorching caravan of sleep deprived students brimming with intellectual conversation.

HSLP 2017, Session B: Day 2

Reported by: Eleni Fafoutis (Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School) & William Rodriguez (Saint Christopher’s School)

HSLP 2017, Session B: Day 1

Reported by: Avery Warmack (Woodberry Forest School) & Parker Watts (James River High School)

Today was the first day of the Sorenson Institute's High School Leaders Program. After meeting Ms. Gilbert and the Youth Program Managers who will be assisting her, we moved into our rooms in Bice Hall from noon to 2 p.m. After the sign-in process was complete, Sean and John, two of our Youth Program Managers, took us on a brief tour of UVA's grounds, including our classroom, the Rotunda, and the Corner (the main shopping district near UVA).