Now Accepting Youth Program Applications Through March 4

Dec 17 2012 - 11:45am
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 June 1 - June 15, 2013 and will be made up of approximately 25 student leaders from across Virginia. The cost of the College Leaders Program is $1,800, which includes all room and board.  Scholarships and financial aid are available. Read more at
The High School Leaders Program takes place from June 22 - to July 6, 2013 and will be made up of approximately 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 $1,800 which includes all room, board and three U.Va. college credits.  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 our applications page at
The application deadline will be Monday, March 4 at 5 p.m. but applying early is encouraged!


Featured Alumni

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    Kenneth Alexander

    Political Leaders Program

    Class of 2002

    Kenny served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 2002-2012. In September 2012 he was elected to the Senate of Virginia representing the 5th District in Norfolk and Chesapeake.