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The Step Up Loudoun Youth Competition

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.  

youthquest-logo-smallThe Step Up Loudoun Youth Competition is presented by Loudoun Youth Inc and Loudoun County PRCS with support from LCPS and the Youth Advisory Council.     Step Up is sponsored by YouthQuest Foundation.         PRCS[1]

Get involved now with Step Up Loudoun Youth 2015!   Self-esteem…Suicide Prevention…Environment….Health…Substance Abuse YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

See the INFO VIDEO for 2014-15. Review the Orientation presentation 2015 for competition details, tips and advice.

Working as a team or individual, identify an issue and do something about it. Display your implemented project at Step Up Loudoun Youth Competition on March 19, 2015 and you could win: 
1st place: $1,000
2nd place: $500
3rd place: $250
plus other cash awards and recognition
Step Up Loudoun Youth is open to all Loudoun middle and high school students. Team members do not have to attend the same school. Community groups and clubs are welcome.

Important Dates, Times and Locations:

  • January 13, 6:30 PM, Orientation Session, PRCS Multi-Purpose Room, 20145 Ashbrook Place, Ashburn, VA
  • January 22, 6:30 PM Final Orientation Session, Gum Springs Library
  • March 12: Deadline, All teams must complete a CONFIRMATION SURVEY before competition.
  • March 19, 5:30 – 9:30 PM, Presentation and Judging, LCPS Admin Building, 21000 Education Court, Ashburn, VA
  • March 26, 6:00 PM, Awards Presentation and and Reception, 5 Wirt Street SE, Leesburg, VA

For registered teams: For changes to your project or your team, or questions about the competition, email MMoore@loudounyouth.org.

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!

1st Special Needs DreamThe 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), 2nd HappinessMidnight 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

  • bullying
  • cyber-bullying
  • internet safety
  • teen dating
  • sex
  • teen pregnancy
  • homelessness
  • poverty
  • academic pressure
  • self esteem
  • nutrition/obesity
  • stress
  • depression
  • suicide
  • drugs/alcohol
  • drunk driving
  • patriotism
  • littering
  • 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.