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.  For details on the Step Up Loudoun Youth Competition :

Registration is now closed. For registration questions or changes, please email Michelle Jones, Program Coordinator, at:


1st place: $1,000
2nd place: $750
3rd place: $500
4th – 10th: $100

Mark your calendars now for the competition:

  • March 28, 2017, Step Up Loudoun Youth Competition, Round 1:  Trailside Middle School, 20325 Claiborne Pkwy, Ashburn, VA 20147; Check-in 5pm, Competition 6pm     Public is invited!
  • April 5, 2017 at 6PM, Round 2, Finals and Awards Ceremony, The Club at One Loudoun, 44605 Russell Branch Pkwy, Ashburn, VA 20147. Finals are open to the public.   Public is invited!

Teams – review your orientation details here:  2017 SULYC Orientation 1.24.17

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, Loudoun County Public Schools, and the Morven Park Center for Civic Impact.  Step Up is sponsored by YouthQuest Foundation.


Well Done to ALL who participated in the 2016 event. Loudoun Youth, Inc. narrowed down a field of 59 teams to the Top 10 teams in the 2016 Step Up Loudoun Youth Competition:

Breaking Your Silence – Empowering survivors of sexual assault. Briar Woods High School.

Clean Kits Collecting hygiene and sanitary products for homeless women. John Champe High School.

Electronic Binder Reducing the load of carrying homework and binders. J. Michael Lunsford Middle School.

Geared Up Increasing accessibility of robotics by sharing our working $10, customizable, standards-aligned, Craft-A-Bot robotics kit with students everywhere! Stone Hill Middle School.

Look Up! Encouraging people to step away from their electronic devices and take a more proactive role in their community. Blue Ridge Middle School.

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 and Stone Hill Middle School.

Saving Loudoun’s Littles – One Car Seat at a Time – Bringing car seat safety inspections back to Loudoun County. Smart’s Mill Middle School.

Stem 3G Raising awareness for the gender gap in STEM related occupations while boosting young girls self-esteem. John Champe High School.

Sticks and Stones Bullying intervention. Briar Woods High School

We’re All Humans Suicide Prevention In Loudoun County/ Mental Health Awareness. Woodgrove High School.

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.

2016 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.