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 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.

HSLP 2016: Day 5 - Wednesday, July 13

High School Leaders Program, Class of 2016
Day 5: Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Reported by: Katherine Detter, McLean High School and Lara Maluf-Mas, Monticello High School
Today the Sorensen Institute HSLP took a trip to Cave View Farms and met with Gerald Garber,

HSLP 2016: Day 4 - Tuesday, July 12

High School Leaders Program, Class of 2016
Day 4: Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Reported by: Kameron Choe, South Lakes High School and Mynome Lorde, Manchester High School

HSLP 2016: Day 3 - Monday, July 11

High School Leaders Program, Class of 2016
Day 3: Monday, July 11, 2016
Reported by: Wells Carson, Patrick Henry High School and Carter Light, George Washington High School

Day three of the 2016 Sorensen Institute High School Leaders Program (HSLP) was the first day in the classroom, which brought a new set of exper

HSLP 2016: Day 2 - Sunday, July 10

High School Leaders Program, Class of 2016
Day 2: Sunday, July 10th, 2016
Reported by: Jacob Lewis, Sherando High School and Thomas Best, Douglas S. Freeman High School

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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).