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JULY 22-26, 2020

Virginia21 seeks responsible, eager, and confident individuals to apply to our 2020 Summer Leadership Institute! Join a diverse group of Virginia’s young leaders to build your network, develop your leadership identity, and establish your road map for community engagement. Under these historic circumstances, SLI will take place online July 22-26. Students can still expect to receive the same quality programming.

Students will graduate with critical leadership skills and a clear plan for continued growth. Our curriculum promotes civic engagement, coalition building, effective communication, and strong leadership. Courses include the Virginia political landscape, management skills, professional citizen advocacy, and more.

We use a variety of class formats to keep it interesting and engage each student. Students will be assigned a group policy project to apply the concepts they learn through their institute coursework. This project may inform Virginia21's legislative priorities during General Assembly Session in 2021.

Build your skills, confidence, and network with us! Apply below.

Eligible Applicants

Applicants must be aged 18-24, have at least one full academic year remaining prior to graduation, and be enrolled in a Virginia higher education institution. Strong applicants have good civic habits and a passion for the needs of their community. Prior experience is not required!

Students must be available to participate in all aspects of SLI (July 22-26). Each day will have two sessions, each two-hours in length, at 10am-12pm and 2-4pm. Sunday will only have a 10-12pm session. Graduation will take place during the first meeting of the year, which will be determined as this situation unfolds.

Virginia21 accepts up to three students per school.

Applications are due by midnight on May 31, 2020.


The cost of SLI is $250 which includes access to all course materials. Students enrolled at VA21 Member Campuses receive a discounted rate of $125.

VA21 is pleased to offer financial aid and funding support to all accepted students. Last year, the average SLI participant paid only $50 to attend. Students will receive further information upon acceptance but are welcome to send any questions to kate@virginia21.org.

Virginia21

1108 East Main Street, Richmond Virginia

(804) 513-VA21 info@virginia21.org


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