This year, I will be sponsoring my fifth annual Young Leaders Program newly renamed as The Amundson Institute. Former Delegate Kris Amundson began this program in partnership with Cox Communications as an opportunity for selected high school juniors and seniors who demonstrate high potential in leadership to learn about legislative and public service careers through a job shadow experience.

The primary event will take place in Richmond during the legislative session. Students will come to Richmond for 2 days (February 1-2) and observe the General Assembly at work. They will also meet with leaders in state government. The program is an excellent chance for students to learn how state government works first-hand.

Each student will also complete a project, focusing on an aspect of the Commonwealth's government that they choose. After the legislative session, students will present their projects and we may even find a way to make the projects available to the community. Cox Communications may interview students about their experience.

2011 Young Leaders Photo

The program will be open to juniors and seniors who live in (or attend a school in) the 44th District. We will be working with several sponsors so that there will be no cost for the students.

Delegate Amundson created this program in 2000 and many Mount Vernon area high school students have participated. In the past we have had a fantastic group of students and I'm looking forward to meeting more of the 44th District's high school leaders.

Application forms are available online here.

If you'd like a hard copy, please contact my office at 571.249.44TH(4484). All applications must be turned in by December 31.