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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Recruit for our programs

Know someone who would be a good candidate for a Sorensen program? Tell us about them!

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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 2019: Day 3

Reported by: Katherine Walter, Hermitage High School and Anne Boniface, Bishop O'Connell

HSLP 2019: Day 2

Reported by: Adam Ashley, Falls Church High School and Grant Wernick, Trinity School at Meadow View

HSLP 2019: Day 1

Reported by: Tarina Ahuja, The Madeira School and Mari Woodworth, Fredericksburg Academy

CLCC Extended Deadline (CLCC meeting June 12-14)

ANNOUNCING AN EXTENDED APPLICATION DEADLINE!

We have extended the deadline to apply to the 2019 College Leaders Career Conference! We will now be accepting applications until midnight on Wednesday, May 15th.

We understand that this is a busy time of year for college students. From final exams, projects, papers, and graduation, we want to make sure any student interested in applying to the 2019 CLCC has enough time to complete their application!

Sorensen Announces 2019 CTP Participants

The Sorensen Institute is excited to announce the members of our 2019 Candidate Training Program. The CTP will meet March 21-24 in Millwood, Virginia, to learn about the fundamentals of running an ethical and winning campaign for public office.

Now Hiring 2019 Youth Program Managers

The Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership is seeking applicants to be Youth Program Managers in the summer of 2019 for its High School Leaders Program.

The two-week residential program takes place at the University of Virginia from July 13-27th.

Looking for more political news and resources?

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).