Summer Leadership Institute
July 24th-28th, 2019 | Christopher Newport University
Our future depends on young people being civically engaged. The Summer Leadership Institute (SLI) creates leaders by equipping college students with the knowledge and skills to be effective advocates for our generation.
WHAT IS IT?
SLI is a five-day advanced training academy where student learn the practical application of advocacy by learning from experts in policy, leadership, strategic communications, organizing, and governance. Students take what they learn to craft an advocacy project addressing real issues facing young people today. The results of this project typically influence the advocacy direction of Virginia21 in the subsequent academic year!
What does it cost? SLI is $150/student for public school members with up to $100 of financial aid being available. Private students are encouraged to apply but should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on cost. The cost of SLI includes program materials, room, and board. Travel is not included but we work with our students to coordinate ride-sharing if possible.
Who is eligible? SLI is open to all rising freshmen - rising seniors at Virginia's four-year, public institutions.
WHAT WILL I GAIN FROM SLI?
SLI teaches leadership through a host of interactions with people who are experts at what they do. You'll gain hands-on communications skills from media specialists, learn the tips and tricks of how lobbyists influence legislation, and engage with public officials to gain inside knowledge on what it's like to govern. All sessions are interactive and include practical training simulations that empowers participants with new knowledge and skills.
Some highlights include:
Sessions are taught by experts in their respective fields and combined with other workshops and panel discussions to create a summit of engagement. We bring talented Virginians to you to prepare you to be the leader Virginia needs you to be.
WHY SHOULD I APPLY?
SLI instills leadership skills and practical knowledge that can be applied on campus and beyond. Here's what some graduates have to say about their experience:
“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.”
– Will Morgan-Palmer, SLI Class of 2013
“Through SLI, I learned how to lobby, how to organize, and how to channel my passion into an effective, compelling message. This program showed me how to use my leadership for the greater good and fight for those who haven't had the same opportunities.”
-Zoe Craig, SLI class of 2016