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. Step Up Loudoun Youth is a collaboration between Loudoun Youth Inc., Loudoun County PRCS, the Advisory Commission on Youth, Leadership Loudoun and Loudoun County Public Schools.
Step Up 2013 was a huge success!
WELL DONE to all the participants for making a difference in our lives!
The Step Up Loudoun Youth Winners 2013:
1st Place, $1000, Learning Instantly, Anoop Hariharan, J. Michael Lunsford Middle School
2nd Place, $500 Mission Possible: Knock Out Bullying,Aashish Batheja, Robin Jiang, Raghav Saravanan, Harish Sundar, J. Michael Lunsford Middle School
3rd Place, $250,Share A Smile, Courtney Latourrette, Kristen Langley, Brian Mitchell, Courtney Davis, Torie Alfonso ,Briar Woods High School
ALL Step Up participants are not only the leaders of the future, but young leaders of today. See a complete list HERE. For more information and photos on Step Up Loudoun Youth, visit the event website or find us on Facebook.
History and Description
The program was started in 2004 as a way for youth to speak out about issues they observed in their schools and communties.Over the years, it has evolved to allow youth an opportunity not only to speak out but also to do something to have an impact on the issues they find pressing.
Starting in November, program coordinators visit local middle and high schools to promote the competition to guidance counselors, teachers and students. Applications outlining proposed plans are due in early January. Then, from January through the beginning of March, youth are tasked with implementing their plans. They are provided with guidance through self-selected or assigned advisors, periodic meetings and a Facebook page. At the end of the competition period, youth showcase their projects to each other, judges and the local community. All projects are recognized in some way, but the top three win cash prizes.
2013 Issues Identified by Youth
- internet safety
- teen dating
- teen pregnancy
- academic pressure
- self esteem
- drunk driving
- endangered species
Help us recognize and support the incredible youth of Step Up Loudoun
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