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Amy Hjerstedt

at a voter registration event at her community’s Mosque

VAPLP is the training to go to to learn and grow leadership skills, network and build independent political power. This project is a serious program, organized with thoughtful curriculums that challenge students who want to truly make an impact for the greater good in Virginia politics and public policy.
— Amy Hjerstedt, VAPLP Cohort 5
I would and have recommended the program to other progressive leaders in Virginia. I have become a much stronger organizer due to the leadership and mentorship from so many influential individuals who have paved the way for myself and others. I am more determined to give a great return on their investment in me by going out and being the change that needs to happen. Knowing I have a group of people behind me pushing, challenging, and motivating me to be better is completely invaluable. Thank you more than I could ever say. I will just show it by leading.
— Monica Hutchinson, New Virginia Majority, VAPLP Cohort 5
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Kenneth Gilliam

This is a great program. It plays a key role in helping to diversify the leadership of the Commonwealth.
— Kenneth Gilliam, The Commonwealth Institute, VAPLP Cohort 5
Thank you so much for your great work! VAPLP is the best training program I have ever attended. Not only the contents of the training, but also the people I met in the program. I already started to using the knowledge to organize some events in the community. I will continue to do so. The cohort 3 is a big family, we will help and support each other forever! Thank you all for helping me being a better person!
— Becky Wang, Member of SEIU Virginia 512, Cohort 3
The VAPLP program far exceeded my expectations. Even though I was already in a leadership position as the president of the Fairfax NAACP, I never really gave much real thought to broadening my horizons beyond that role. After all, I only had a few years of advocacy under my belt at the time, and know very little beyond what was going on beyond the county borders. So I was honestly still a little unsure of myself. But the VAPLP gave me a ton of confidence, and it wasn’t just about the knowledge gained, but because I knew that I was surrounded by a network of passionate supporters who would have my back. I left the program a changed person that knew that the sky was the limit.
— Kofi Annan, President of Fairfax NAACP, Cohort 3
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Kofi Annan

Speaking at the VAPLP Cohort 5 Graduation