Newsroom Archive for 01/17, 2012


Accepting Youth Program Applications Through March 5th
Jan 17 2012 - 10:39am
The Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership is now accepting applications for the High School and College Leaders Programs. The High School and College Leaders Programs offer advanced, concentrated study in state and local politics, gaining hands-on training in politics, acquiring the information necessary to discuss Virginia politics and the skills to make a difference.
Students in the Sorensen Institute programs engage in substantive debate about challenges facing the Commonwealth. Students have the opportunity to learn key advocacy skills such as lobbying, fundraising, opinion writing, media and more. Students interact with Virginia's current public, private, and nonprofit leaders. Past speakers have included U.S. Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner, Governor Bob McDonnell, Governor Tim Kaine, members of the General Assembly, Congressional leaders and other policy makers from around Virginia. 
The College Leaders Program will take place from May 26 - June 23, 2012 and is made up of 30 student leaders from across Virginia. The cost of the College Leaders Program is $2,250, which includes all room and board, and scholarships and financial aid are available. Read more at
The High School Leaders Program takes place from July 7 - 21, 2012 and is made up 30 student leaders from across the state that are at least rising juniors or 16 years old by the program start date. Students will receive three undergraduate credits from the University of Virginia for their participation. The cost of the High School Leaders Program is $1,625, which includes all room, board and U.Va. tuition, and scholarships and financial aid are available. Read more at
The College and High School Leaders Programs applicant pool is evaluated to create a highly qualified and diverse class. Participants will be chosen from among all academic majors and backgrounds. Scholarships for program tuition are available and potential applicants are strongly urged to apply regardless of financial concerns.
To learn more about the programs or to apply please visit
* The application deadline will be Monday, March 5th at 5:00 p.m.*


Featured Alumni

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    Maribel Ramos

    Political Leaders Program

    Class of 2007

    Maribel serves as a Legislative Assistant in the Washington office of U.S. Senator James Webb of Virginia. She previously served as a Policy Assistant to Governor Tim Kaine.