PODCAST: Carnegie Foundation Recognizes Sorensen Youth Programs

Dec 19 2007 - 11:28pm

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has released a new book—Educating for Democracy: Preparing Undergraduates for Responsible Political Engagement—which will be of great interest to Sorensen alumni and friends. This ground-breaking publication reports the results of a national study of "educational practices at the college level that prepare students for responsible democratic participation."

The Sorensen Institute's Youth Programs are featured quite prominently in the report and described as among the most effective in the nation. In its search for best practices in the education of young people about democracy, the Carnegie Foundation has identified the Sorensen Institute as demonstrating an exemplary approach worthy of emulation. When it comes to giving young people the skills and motivation to become politically engaged, the Sorensen Institute has become something of a national model.

"This is truly exciting news," said Marc Johnson, Director of Sorensen's Youth Programs and himself a graduate of the College Leaders Program Class of 2003. "It is a tremendous honor to have this recognition and validation from the Carnegie Foundation. At its core, the results of the study confirm something that what we already know: Sorensen alumni are some of the most politically engaged and active citizens in the Commonwealth. They understand and take very seriously the responsibilities of citizenship in a free society. Graduates of the Sorensen Institute are not content to sit on the sidelines. These are people that step forward and demonstrate great commitment and leadership when it comes to civic life. We are very proud of them."

PODCAST: Marc Johnson and Greg Werkheiser, a member of the Sorensen Institute's State Advisory Board, were guests on "Charlottesville—Right Now! with Coy Barefoot" this afternoon to discuss the Carnegie Study.




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    Doug Smith

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    Class of 2005

    Doug serves as the Executive Director of the Center for the Constitution at James Madison's Montpelier. He is the former Executive Director the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, based in Richmond.