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College Leaders Program Participants Present Proposals at UVA

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Some of the nation's potential future leaders presented their ideas at the University of Virginia Friday morning.

The group of 17 students has been working on proposals to deal with some of the real-world problems facing lawmakers today. It's part of the two-week College Leaders Program of UVA's Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership.

The topics range from public safety to education reform. The hope is for some of these proposals to go further than the classroom.

"We've had some instances where these students’ proposals have actually been adopted as bills in the General Assembly and passed into law in Virginia. We're very hopeful that these students will continue to work on their projects at home after they leave us, graduate from our program and pitch them to members of the General Assembly,” said Lauren Gilbert, director of youth programs.

Last year students presented reports on ethical reporting of gifts and bike helmet safety laws among other things.

University of Virginia Press Release

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., June 25, 2014 — For the past two weeks, students enrolled in the College Leaders Program of the University of Virginia’s Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership have been grappling with real-world problems facing today’s policymakers.

On Friday, they will give presentations on their proposals to solve some of these public interest issues– mental health, public safety, transportation safety, and education reform – from10 a.m. until noon in the Great Hall in Garrett Hall. State Del. Ed Scott will be a member of the review panel, as will Generra Peck of McGuireWoods Consulting, David Bailey of David Bailey Associates and Dr. Quentin Kidd of Christopher Newport University. Reporters are invited to attend.

The College Leaders Program started June 14 and will conclude Saturday. There are 17 participants, who are student leaders throughout Virginia, chosen through a detailed application and interview process.

Participants have been instrumental in providing research to members of the General Assembly on ongoing areas of public interest and policy issues, according to Bob Gibson, the institute’s executive director.

Last year, students presented reports on the ethical reporting of gifts, bike helmet safety laws, easing voting for those serving overseas in the military and bipartisan redistricting.

Through a variety of programs –for high school and college leaders to first-time political candidates and influential business and community leaders – the Sorensen Institute has established itself as an effective force for restoring public confidence in our political system. At the heart of its programs are three central themes: ethics in public service, the power of bipartisanship and a concentrated study of public policy issues. Each program provides an opportunity for leaders to develop meaningful relationships with Virginians of differing political viewpoints who hail from every region of the commonwealth.

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