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 non-partisan mission is to strengthen and enhance the quality of governance at all levels throughout Virginia.

Political Leaders Program

The Sorensen Institute's flagship program focuses on residents of Virginia interested in becoming more active in public service.

Candidate Training Program

The Candidate Training Program provides an intensive, four-days focused on the fundamentals of a winning campaign for office.

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Emerging Leaders Program

Emerging Leaders specializes in younger leaders who have worked in state government and aim to increase their public service involvement.

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High School Leaders Program

The High School Leaders Program offers concentrated study in Virginia politics for high school students from across the state.

Meet Sorensen Alumni

The Sorensen Institute is proud to have more than 2,000 graduates of our various programs. 

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We are not always accepting applications but you can find out specifics about each program on their respective application forms.

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Don't Hesitate to Apply!

Our programs are in high demand and applications are closed as classes fill up. To find out more about individual programs read through the information pages and applications for each class.