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. Our non-partisan mission is to strengthen and enhance the quality of governance at all levels throughout Virginia.

Candidate Training

Provides an intensive focus on winning campaign fundamentals for those who want to run for office or run a campaign.

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Emerging Leaders

Develops and upgrades skill sets for younger leaders who either work in government or want to increase their public service involvement.

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Political Leaders

This flagship program is for leaders who want a broad-based, in-depth understanding of Virginia's regions, politics, and governance.

High School Leaders

Actively engages high school students from across Virginia in developing leadership skills and learning how to engage in public policy and politics.

22nd Century Scholars

Learn about the 22nd Century Scholars Program, a 5-week virtual internship for UVA students offered in partnership with the UVA Institute of Democracy.

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Program Applications

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22nd Century Scholars Program
Candidate Training Program Tue, March 10, 2020 Wed, June 10, 2020
Emerging Leaders Program Fri, July 17, 2020 Tue, August 18, 2020
High School Leaders Program Tue, November 12, 2019 Tue, November 12, 2019
Political Leaders Program Tue, September 22, 2020 Mon, November 9, 2020