Youth Challenged to Make a Difference

Step Up Loudoun is issuing a call to action to Loudoun middle and high school students.

The organization is holding sixth annual competition that challenges youth to identify an issue that matters to them, and to create and implement a plan of action.

Individuals or teams can participate. The competition is not limited to public school students and those in private schools or who are home-schooled are invited to participate.     Written proposals identifying the issue and an action plan must be submitted to by Dec. 18. The top winner of the competition will receive $1,000, and a total of more than $2,500 in cash prizes will be awarded.

Entrants will present their projects March 29. Interested students can get more information about the Step Up Loudoun competition from their school counselor’s office or by emailing Marianne Moore at

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