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.
About Last Year’s Competition:
Step Up 2014 took place on April 1 with 200 middle and high school students in 46 teams presenting their project activities and results.
WELL DONE to ALL the participants for making a difference in our lives!
The Step Up Loudoun Youth 2014 Winners:
1st Place, $1000, Special Needs Dream, Madeline O’Neill, Dominion High School;
2nd Place, $500 Happiness: Don’t Drink and Drive, Alexander Bharami, Anthony Bartolomei, Heather Green, Zohair Zafdar, McKenzie Swain, Cedra Brown, Dominion High School;
3rd Place, $250, (three-way tie, $250 to all three), Midnight Agent, Alex Chang, Arvind and Ayushmaan Ganotra, Stone Hill Middle School; Expect Respect, Potomac Falls High School PEER; Buckle Up Challenge, Kathy Godinez, Gaby Jordan, Heritage 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.
2014 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 Youth Competition
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