April 30, 2013
Five Hampden-Sydney students were among the twenty-four Virginia college students recently selected by the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership for the College Leaders Program for 2013 which offers an advanced program on public service and leadership for college students. The program is based on a firm belief that young people not only can make a positive difference in their communities, they should be strongly encouraged to do so. The students chosen have proven themselves to be active and engaged citizens in their communities. From Hampden-Sydney, the group includes:
Christopher Evan Boden, sophomore, Washington, DC
Walker Chase Shipp Grogg, senior, Williamsburg
Maxwell James Maurer, freshman, Oak Hill
William Colman Stevens Packard, junior, Virginia Beach
Richard Michael Pantele, senior, Richmond
The College Leaders Program (CLP) gives students the practical skills and political knowledge to become effective advocates in government and business. It is held each summer for two weeks on grounds at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. The program features a Virginia-focused, multidisciplinary curriculum with three main goals:
· To prepare future leaders for ethical and responsible citizenship and public service in the Commonwealth.
· To connect Virginia's youth leaders from different backgrounds and philosophies with each other and with current leaders in the government, business, and non-profit sectors.
· To energize our democratic system of government by promoting civic engagement among youth leaders.
In 2007 the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching recognized the Sorensen Institute's College Leaders Programs as among the very best in the nation and something of a national model when it comes to giving young people the skills and motivation to become politically engaged in their communities.