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2013 Youth Programs 
Application Deadline Approaching-- March 4th!
The Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership is a non-partisan organization dedicated to improving political leadership throughout Virginia.

The Sorensen Institute's College Leaders Programs and High School Leaders Program offer advanced, concentrated study in state and local politics, gaining hands-on training in politics, acquiring the information necessary to discuss Virginia politics and the skills to make a difference.

Students in the Sorensen Institute programs engage in substantive debate about challenges facing the Commonwealth.  Students in both programs have the opportunity to learn key advocacy skills such as lobbying, fundraising, opinion writing, media and more.   Students interact with Virginia's current public, private, and nonprofit leaders. Past speakers have included U.S. Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner, Governor Bob McDonnell, Governor Tim Kaine, members of the General Assembly, Congressional leaders and other policy makers from around Virginia.

The College Leaders Program will take place from June 1 to June 15, 2013 in Charlottesville and will be made up of approximately 25 student leaders from across the state. The cost of the College Leaders Program is $1,800, which includes all room and board, and scholarships and financial aid are available. Students also have the option of receiving three college credits for their work for an additional fee paid to U.Va.  Read more at:  

The two-week residential High School Leaders Program will take place in Charlottesville from Saturday, June 22 to Saturday, July 6 and will be made up of approximately 30 student leaders from across the state. The cost of the High School Leaders Program is $1800, which includes room, board, all meals, program costs, and three University of Virginia college credits.  Find out more about the HSLP by visiting 

Applicant pools from both programs are evaluated to create a highly qualified and diverse class. Participants will be chosen from among all academic majors, fields of study, and backgrounds. Some scholarships for program tuition are available and potential applicants are strongly urged to apply regardless of financial concerns. 

Questions can be directed to Lauren Gilbert, Youth Program and Recruitment Coordinator, at

To learn more about the programs or to apply please visit

* The application deadline for both programs is Monday, March 4th at 5:00 p.m. *