For Governmental Studies And Sorensen Institute For Political Leadership
Receive Grants Totaling $115,000
13, 2001 -- Two of the University of Virginias
leading government and political organizations, the Center for Governmental
Studies and the Thomas C. Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership,
have received grants from the American National Bank and Trust Company
of Danville totaling $115,000.
Center for Governmental Studies, headed by U.Va. Professor Larry
J. Sabato, received $65,000 for the continuation and expansion of
the Youth Leadership Initiative to middle and high schools in Danville.
The Sorensen Institute, headed by William H. Wood, received $50,000
to develop a specialized pilot program to identify, recruit, and
train emerging community and political leaders in the Danville area.
obviously thrilled with the support from the American National Bank
and Trust Company," said Wood. "In past years, we have
been fortunate to have Danville-area participants in the Institutes
programs, and our goal is to assist other women and men in taking
leadership roles in the city and the region."
Sorensen Institute was established in 1993 by a bipartisan group
of Virginians who believed that not enough people in the state were
entering public life. The mission of the Institute is to give Virginians
the knowledge and skills necessary to be informed and responsible
participants in the political process.
than 250 men and women have taken the Institutes courses,
and more than a third have sought public office, from Congress to
local school boards. Its graduates include the chairwoman of the
Virginia Democratic Party, State Sen. Emily Couric of Charlottesville,
and the chairman of the Virginia Republican Party, Gary Thomson
of Chesterfield County.
grant to the Center for Governmental Studies will help more Danville
schools become involved in the Youth Leadership Initiatives
technological and innovative curriculum.
had tremendous success in the last two years in Danville, thanks
largely in part to the Trusts support," said Sabato "O.T.
Bonner Middle School, in particular, has been a real leader in getting
students involved in the political process. This grant allows us
to build on this foundation and reach as many schools as possible
in the Danville area."
Center for Governmental Studies, established in 1998 by Sabato,
is a non-partisan public-interest institute with a three-part mission
of political research, reform and education. Created to combat
apathy and disinterest, the Center conducts programs that address
current problems facing our political system while educating and
informing citizens on public policy issues that affect our state
and national interests.
Centers signature program, the Youth Leadership Initiative
(YLI), provides a comprehensive citizenship education program with
teacher developed civics-based curricula structured for middle and
high school students all across the nation. Within the classroom,
teachers use YLI social studies course units that have been developed
by classroom teachers to meet each states unique academic
standards of learning. YLI hosts the largest on-line mock election
in the nation, as well as the YLI e-Congress to introduce young
people to the policy-making process.
Joshua Scoot, (804) 243-3540 or Bill Wood, (804) 982-5698