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Step Up Loudoun Youth Competition
encourages middle and high school youth across the county to identify an issue in their school, neighborhood or community, create a plan to address that issue, and implement the plan. The goal is to encourage, support and reward the youth of Loudoun County for making positive changes in their own lives and the lives of others.

The Step Up Loudoun Youth Competition is now Virtual and live!  Teams have been practicing their presentations while also practicing acceptable Social Distancing. The health and safety of all participants is everyone’s first concern, please follow all Health Department and CDC guidelines.

Virtual Step Up Loudoun Youth Competition is a three step process. 

1. Create a 3-5 minute video of your presentation. Get your groups together (virtually, keep social distancing!) and create a video presenting your project. The recommended method for this is to use Be.live.  Instructions are provided here on how to use the service.  You can use the 14 day trial and no credit card is required to sign up.

Instructions for Be.live: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1EX4tSJ1uwRHNEW7zTcXqtP7qVwDZKREtbejO9P5_3H4/edit?usp=sharing

Depending on the technological skills of your group, you may also choose to do the following:

  • Have each person record videos independently and have one person edit them together
  • Use a service like Adobe Spark, FlipaClip, or other piece of video software.

You will not be judged on your video editing skills, as long as your idea is conveyed across to the judges.  

2. Uploaded your video to YouTube unlistedInstructions for YouTube:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/11QsD5dalPPRLirXIZt6vGl-xdjfv5aMtW17MbvabMKE/edit?usp=sharing

3. Submit a Google Form containing your group information, the URL of your YouTube video, and the answers to your Impact Survey. Here is the link to the Google Form:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfoYlJnjt3lbtRYRuBsaViVJKRjXw-b1EdcEA9SGDqgRH_GvA/viewform

Forms must be submitted by April 10, 2020 at 11:59PM to be eligible for the competition.

If you have any questions at all, please contact Sheila Dixon at sdixon@loudounyouth.org

Good luck!

Please contact Sheila Dixon at sdixon@loudounyouth.org to discuss how you or your organization can BE part of the 2021 Step Up Loudoun Youth Competition.
Here’s the impact Loudoun Youth participants created in 2019:
  • 211 youth participated in the competition
  • 65 teams shared their projects
  • 8,452 hours were spent on your projects
  • 27,335 people were impacted by your caring ideas
  •  226,091 of economic impact was made to Loudoun County (using the Virginia Value of Volunteer Time)
In 2019:
More than 60 teams of middle and high school students filled the School Board meeting room in Ashburn with their projects, which offered ways to better protect the environment, promote healthy living and help support their neighbors in need.
10 Teams advanced to the Finals:
  • Bridges, by a team from Park View High School
  • COBRA: Cancer Onslaught By Raising Awareness, with team members from the Academy of Science, Briar Woods High School, Rock Ridge High School, Stone Bridge High School and Thomas Jefferson High School
  • From Me To You, by a team from Stone Hill Middle School
  • iloom- Returns to Work, by students from Farmwell Station Middle School and Loudoun Valley High School
  • Resi-lution, by a team from Brambleton Middle School and Rock Ridge High
  • STEM for Scouts, by a student from Stone Bridge High School and the Academy of Engineering and Technology
  •  StudentCounselor by a Brambleton Middle School Student
  • TED-Ed b Loudoun, by students from Champe High School and Rock Ridge High School
  •  The Kindness project by a team from Freedom High School
  • Under Her, created by River Bend Middle School and Potomac Falls High School students