What Is the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership?

Through a variety of programs - for high school and college leaders to first-time political candidates and influential business and community leaders - the Sorensen Institute has established itself as a powerful and effective force for restoring public confidence in our political system. 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.

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Meet the esteemed alumni who completed our program and continued on to improve their communities.

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HSLP 2016: Day 10 - Monday, July 18

High School Leaders Program, Class of 2016
Day 10: Monday, July 18, 2016
Reported by: Evelyn Saunders, Maggie Walker Governor's School and Pablo Gomez Garcia, James River High School
 
Today, like many other days, was a busy one for the 2016 Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership High School Leaders Program (HSLP). This was our last day doing seminar-style discussion in the classroom with Mr. Marc Johnson. Tomorrow, we look forward to completing the Budget Game with Mr.

HSLP 2016: Day 9 - Sunday, July 17

High School Leaders Program, Class of 2016
Day 9: Sunday, July 17, 2016
Reported by: Michael Pang, Godwin High School and Claudia Gohn, Madison County High School
 
It was a very laid back, yet studious, day today in Bice House. After a long day participating in the General Assembly Simulation yesterday, everyone was able to sleep in this morning and wake up to a delicious brunch at 11:00 AM provided by Jason’s Deli.

HSLP 2016: Day 8 - Saturday, July 16

High School Leaders Program, Class of 2016
Day 8: Saturday, July 16, 2016
Reported by: Sunita Ganesh, Maggie Walker Governor's School and Trevor Monk, Eastside High School
 
After almost half of the program over, the stakes were high on the morning of the 16th. For the past eight days, we had been observing, reliving, studying, and lobbying to become emulations of our respective state senators.

HSLP 2016: Day 6 - Thursday, July 14

High School Leaders Program, Class of 2016
Day 6: Thursday, July 14, 2016
Reported by: Susanna Maize, Jamestown High School and Olivia Even-Vaca, Marshall High School
 
It was very refreshing to sleep in this morning after getting up so early yesterday. After heading over to our classroom, we began class by reflecting on the knowledge that we took away from yesterday’s field trip to the dairy farm and Staunton.
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