step-up-logoStep 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.

YOU can make a difference! Use your talents, creativity, and teamwork skills to positively influence the lives of others in your community.  The 2018 Step Up Loudoun Youth Competition will take place on April 5 and April 12, 2018. Registration is now open! How do you Step UP?

  • Identify a topic important to you
  • Research the topic to become educated about it
  • Develop and implement an action plan or solution
  • Register by December 15, 2017 for SULYC (Registration is now closed for 2018 Step Up)
  • Attend an Orientation Session in January: 
    • January 16 at DullesSouth, 7pm
    • January 18 at Cascades Library, 7pm
    • January 31 at Rust Library, 7pm
  • Prepare and practice a 5 minute presentation
  • Present your project at the Main Competition on April 5, 2018 at LCPS Admin Building
  • The top 10 teams move into the Finals to determine their cash prizes on April 12, 2018

Click on our SULYC 2018 PowerPoint presentation to learn more about the Step Up Loudoun Youth Competition.  Get a peek at the JUDGES SCORING SHEET to see how they will evaluate projects. 

Step UP Loudoun Youth is open to the public.  Please join us on April 5, 2018 to see and support the work of the young leaders in your community:  LCPS Admin Bldg, 21000 Education Court, Ashburn, 6 pm.  Come see the top ten teams on April 12, at K2M, 600 Hope Parkway SE, Leesburg VA 20175.

Step Up Awards go to the Top Ten Teams:

1st place: $1,000
2nd place: $500
3rd place: $250
4th – 10th: $100

Prize amounts sometimes increase with additional sponsorships


The Step Up Loudoun Youth Competition is presented by Loudoun Youth, Inc., Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services with support from the Youth Advisory Council, and Loudoun County Public Schools. Step Up is sponsored by YouthQuest Foundation.

2017 Top Ten:

  • Clean Up Beaverdam Creek Reservoir (Rock Ridge High School): an ongoing effort to clean up and raise awareness of Beaverdam Reservoir
  • Be Me For a Day (Broad Run High School): creates “a day in the life” videos to assist high school students and adults in choosing a profession
  • *First Place* – Call of Security (Rock Ridge High School): develops a free machine to combat cyber threats
  • *Third Place* – Clean Kits (John Champe High School): collects hygiene and sanitary products for homeless women in Loudoun County
  • Environment Rescuers (Rock Ridge High School): educates and raises money to understand the water crisis around the world and make long-lasting changes
  • Every Voice Heard (Harper Park Middle School): creates a website to address depression and suicide, where individuals can share their stories
  • Loudoun Purity (Eagle Ridge and Stone Hill middle schools): raises money through a 3K run for hygiene kits for the residents of the Leesburg Homeless Shelter
  • Personal Teach (Stone Hill Middle School): a program that helps students combat low academic proficiency
  • *Second Place* – Put It Down! (Eagle Ridge, Mercer and Stone Hill middle schools): raises awareness about the dangers of distracted driving
  • UnSalted (Riverside High School): creates an app that provides tools to help high school students cope with and decrease stress

2016 Winners:

pastaThe first-place, $1,000 prize went to PASTA, an organization that addresses the many issues that kids in our community face by giving kids of all ages meaningful volunteer opportunities.

Stone Bridge, Rock Ridge, Broad Run & Stone Hill Middle School


The second-place, $750 prize went to Breaking your Silence: Empowering survivors of sexual assault.

Briar Woods High School

wahThe third-place, $500 prize went to We’re All Human: Suicide Prevention in Loudoun County/ Mental Health Awareness

Wood grove High School

ALL Step Up participants are not only the leaders of the future, but young leaders of today. For more information and photos on Step Up Loudoun Youth, 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 communities. Over the years, it has evolved to allow youth an opportunity not only to speak out but also to have an impact on the issues they find pressing.

Starting in October, program coordinators visit local middle and high schools to promote the competition to guidance counselors, teachers and students. 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 ten win cash prizes.

2017 Issues Identified by Youth

  • bullying
  • cyber-bullying
  • internet safety
  • teen dating
  • stress management
  • teen pregnancy
  • homelessness
  • poverty
  • academic pressure
  • self esteem
  • nutrition/obesity
  • cancer support
  • depression
  • suicide
  • drugs/alcohol
  • drunk driving
  • patriotism
  • elder support
  • endangered species

Help us recognize and support the incredible youth of Step Up Loudoun Youth Competition

To help Loudoun Youth Inc. continue to bring Step Up and other programs to our youth, learn about our sponsorships.