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?

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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 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:

Understanding Virginia state government and how you can influence it

Understanding Virginia state government and how you can influence it

The art of organizing to effect change in your community

The art of organizing to effect change in your community

Navigating the political process through the lens of an advocate

Navigating the political process through the lens of an advocate

Developing a compelling message through strategic communications

Developing a compelling message through strategic communications

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?

 
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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

 

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“Through SLI, I learned how to lobby, how to organize, and how to channel my passion into an effective, compelling message. This program show 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


Application deadline is may 10th. Apply Today to Become the leader Virginia Needs you to Be.

Please send questions to Kate Slayton at kate@virginia21.org.