Leadership Initiative Receives $1 Million Grant From Congress
Dec. 2, 1999 -- The University of Virginia's
Center for Governmental
Studies will receive a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department
of Education for the center 's Youth Leadership Initiative,
an innovative program aimed at reviving young people's interest
in the political process. Recent approval of the grant by Congress
and a previous $500,000, two-year grant from the Virginia General
Assembly will help the program reach students throughout Virginia
and the nation.
Center for Governmental Studies is grateful to the members of the
Virginia congressional delegation for their commitment to education
and to the young citizens of this Commonwealth and nation," said
Ken Stroupe, director of the Youth Leadership Initiative. "Throughout
our nation's history our elected officials have looked to our schools
and young people as a source of inspiration for the continued health
and success of our unique form of self-government. This funding
is an important first step toward our goal of offering the Youth
Leadership Initiative to every school in America."
Initiative was created to fight the rising tide of apathy and cynicism
toward politics and government, not only in Virginia but nationwide.
The program's goal is to rekindle citizen interest and participation
in the American electoral process.
student-hosted candidate debates, an online mock election, public
town hall meetings, symposia and public service projects, the Youth
Leadership Initiative engages the community in the American electoral
process by educating the public and encouraging greater participation
in the political process. With its rigorous academic curriculum
linked to the Virginia Standards of Learning, the Initiative offers
a unique citizenship education program that has been recognized
for its success in educating students and the general public on
matters ofpublic policy and electoral politics.
funding will enable the Youth Leadership Initiative to offer its
programming to public and private middle and high school students
in grades 6 through 12. Currently operating in Virginia schools
in the counties of Albemarle, Page, Shenandoah, Henrico and the
city of Charlottesville, the program will be available to schools
throughout the Commonwealth for the academic year 2000-01 and nationally
is the Robert Kent Gooch Professor of Government and Foreign Affairs
at U.Va. A political commentator as well as an academic, Sabato
has written 19 books including "Dirty Little Secrets: The Persistence
of Corruption in American Politics" and "Feeding Frenzy: How Attack
Journalism Has Transformed American Politics." He is also the author
of the seven-volume "Virginia Votes" series chronicling all state
elections, as well as many articles on national and state politics.
served for four years as press secretary and communications director
for former Virginia Gov. George Allen. Before that he served then-Congressman
Allen as press secretary on Capitol Hill. A graduate of Bridgewater
College, Stroupe is currently studying for a master's degree in
American government at U.Va
more information, call Ken Stroupe at (804) 243-8468.
Charlotte Crystal, (804) 924-6858