Student Leadership Institute
SLI is a five day residential advance training program where we prepare our campus leaders for our education and advocacy efforts throughout the year. We equip students with the information, tools, and leadership skills to make a difference in their communities now and in the future.
Highlights of the program include dinners with senior college administrators and elected state officials, a trip to Busch Gardens, and completing your SLI Project.
In 2013 we had speakers from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, Kemper Consulting, the Judy Ford Wason Center for Public Policy, legislative liaisons from Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Tech and William & Mary, as well as Virginia State Senators and Delegates.
Our curriculum gives our members the tools to execute an entire year of VA21 activities and become the engine of our Student Leadership Committee. SLI focuses on:
- Educating students about Virginia and the higher education system.
- Giving students the tools to interact with legislators to communicate solutions.
- Helping our leaders develop their campus chapters so that they can successfully enact statewide Virginia21 campaigns.
PROGRAM DURATION, LOCATION, AND COST
Duration: July 30th – August 3rd, 2014.
Location: Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia.
Cost: Tuition for SLI is $200 and covers room and board, meals, and five days of training. It does not food and entertainment at our team building trip to Busch Gardens.
Scholarships: There are a number of scholarships available. You can apply for a scholarship in the application.
Why should I apply?
Want to know why to apply? Read the testimonials from our 2013 graduating class:
“I went into SLI not really knowing what to expect. I began my affiliation with Virginia21 with the belief that college students can actually make a difference in the Commonwealth, and at SLI we learned about the steps to actually accomplishing that.” – SLI Graduate Will Morgan-Palmer
“I was excited to find out there was such a great support system within the Virignia21 student leadership and was glad to be able to become friends with many of them. It’s a passionately motivated group that works very hard for three days shaping the initiative of Virginia21’s upcoming year.” – SLI Graduate Karen Tirelis