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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 Our leadership development programs focus on Virginia residents interested in becoming active in public service.

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HSLP 2018: Day 8

Reported By: Emily Carder, Douglas S. Freeman High School and Adam Sachs, Maggie Walker Governor's School

HSLP 2018: Day 7

Reported By: Declan Boyle- Kettle Run High School, Sabria Kazmi- Thomas Jefferson High School, and
Davis Scott- Saint Andrew’s School

HSLP 2018: Day 6

Reported by: Andreas Borgh Potomac Falls High School and Pooja Tanjore, Rock Ridge High School

HSLP 2018: Day 5

Early this morning, the Sorensen High School Leaders Program boarded a charter bus to go to Rockingham County, home of the Cub Run Dairy Farm. There, we toured the advanced facilities and learned about the intricate process of milking their herd of 600+ cows...

HSLP 2018: Day 4

...Today was a day of firsts. The first time we had multiple speakers. The first time we broke up into groups to draft a project. And the first time we truly took advantage of this opportunity to make connections with the other participants. It was a day filled with new knowledge that allowed us to formulate a more view of the Virginia political system...

HSLP 2018: Day 3

Today, the Sorensen HSLP participated in its first classroom experience. We started the day with an insightful session led by an enthusiastic Lauren Gilbert. Ms. Gilbert jumped right into the topic of ethics in politics by challenging the students to think of the ideals of the state, characteristics of an ideal leader, and the public perception of politics...