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.

Meet Sorensen Alumni

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

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Explore our Programs

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

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Leadership Award Nominations

This award will be presented annually to the individuals who model the spirit and mission of Sorensen through the trust, civility and respect they have consistently shown toward others. They create sustainable efforts toward the betterment of a more decent and tolerant civic life and culture for the people of the Commonwealth. 

HSLP 2016: Day 12 - Wednesday, July 20

High School Leaders Program, Class of 2016
Day 12: Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Reported by: Oliver Simon, Princess Anne High School and Sasha Grossman, Oakton High School
Today the Sorensen HSLP spent the day touring and meeting with various individuals affiliated with the General Assembly in Richmond, Virginia. Upon arrival to the General Assembly at approximately 9:00 am we were revived by a much needed fresh supply of Sugar Shack Doughnuts.

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.
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Check out the Sorensen political links page to discover new insights into politics in Virginia. We seek out new informational resources  and frequently update the page with new links so bookmark it for later (or set it as your homepage if you like).