Loudoun Youth ‘Step Up’ to Solve Local Problems

Local teens have big ideas for how to improve their community, and hundreds of them submitted their ideas to Loudoun Youth Inc.’s sixth annual Step Up Loudoun Youth Competition.

Last week, representatives from Loudoun Youth heard pitches from 59 teams of teens and narrowed down the field to 10 teams.

The top 10 teams in alphabetical order are:

  • Breaking Your Silence (Briar Woods High School), which empowers and provides a voice to survivors of sexual assault;
  • Clean Kits Collecting (John Champe High School), which provides hygiene and sanitary products for homeless women in Loudoun County;
  • Electronic Binder (J. Michael Lunsford Middle School), which aims to create an electronic binder that would eliminate much of the weight students carry in their backpacks;
  • Geared Up! (Ashburn Robotics), which designed a $10 Craft-A-Bot robotics kit to give more students around the world access to robotics.
  • Look Up! (Blue Ridge Middle School), which encourages people to step away from their electronic devices and have a more proactive role in their community;
  • PASTA (Stone Bridge, Rock Ridge and Broad Run high schools and Stone Hill Middle School), which gives students the opportunity to work together to help those in need;
  • Saving Loudoun’s Littles – One Car Seat at a Time (Smart’s Mill Middle School), which aims to bring car seat safety inspections back to Loudoun County through increasing the number of safety inspectors, scheduling more frequent events and education;
  • Stem 3G (John Champe High School), which raises awareness of the gender gap in STEM-related occupations;
  • Sticks and Stones (Briar Woods High School), which focuses on bullying intervention;
  • We’re All Humans (Woodgrove High School), which works to prevent suicide and address mental illness in Loudoun County by providing multiple avenues for at-risk individuals to seek help.

These teams will present their projects to a panel of judges Wednesday. It will take place at 6 p.m. at The Club at One Loudoun, 44605 Russell Branch Parkway in Ashburn.

The public is invited to attend. The first-place finisher will receive a $1,000 award, second place $750, third place $500 and teams that place fourth through 10th will each receive $250.

Loudoun Youth Inc., Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services present the Step Up Loudoun Youth Competition annually in partnership with the Youth Advisory Council and Loudoun County Public Schools. Loudoun Youth offered a special thank you to the YouthQuest Foundation for providing funding for the competition since 2012.

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