Letter: Steve Wolfson, Loudoun Youth Inc.

Editor: Congratulations to all the amazing students that just completed this year’s session of Leadership Loudoun Youth.

Thirty-eight Loudoun County high school students, representing 12 different high schools, participated in one of two, weeklong training events in July and August.

Leadership Loudoun Youth is a week-long leadership program designed to introduce youth to leadership concepts, as well as expose them to local business, government and community leaders. The program is open to all high school students within Loudoun County, private school and homeschool included. Youth spend some time learning leadership skills in a classroom-type setting, but spend the majority of the week visiting community leaders throughout the county. This year’s classes met with: Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chairwomen Phyllis Randall, Virginia State Delegate J. Randall Minchew, School Board members Eric Hornberger and Beth Huck, Clerk of the Circuit Court Gary M. Clemens, and many local entrepreneurs. Their week started with an overnight leadership strategy session on “Setting and Reaching your Goals” and “Leadership & Communication Skills” at Meadowkirk Retreat, and followed with in-depth tours of Western Loudoun’s Rural Economy, including Zephaniah Farm, Wegmeyer Farm and CEA Farm. Additionally, students spent time touring and learning about local businesses such as Raytheon Company, K2M, Redskins Foundation and Amazon Web Services. One afternoon devoted a civics lesson on creating community called “Balancing Act” from Abby Pfisterer, Director of Civics Programs at Moven Park. The week concluded with keynote addresses by Skye Giliad, ProJet Aviation (July) and Ara Bagdasarian, Omnilert (Aug) and a celebratory lunch at the Alamo Drafthouse at One Loudoun, where the students presented their Personal Plan Presentations and received a certificates of completion. On behalf of Loudoun Youth Inc., I would like to congratulate all the students for a job well done, and thank all the local business, government and community leaders in making this year’s sessions so successful.

The mission of Loudoun Youth Inc. is to coordinate community resources to assist in the development of youth programs to create leadership opportunities for young adults. Loudoun Youth supports and develops programs that provide teen’s positive out-of-school activities that help teens become confident, engaged and contributing members and leaders of the community. We focus on providing supportive interactions and positive experiences in safe, nurturing environments while simultaneously developing leadership skills and providing leadership opportunities through these interactions and experiences. Other programs supported by Loudoun Youth Inc. include the Step Up Loudoun Youth Competition, Battle of the Bands, YouthFest, Youth Advisory Council and the Step Up Your Health Challenge. For more information, please visit our website loudounyouth.org, or contact Steve Wolfson at swolfson@loudounyouth.org.

Steve Wolfson, Executive Director

Loudoun Youth Inc.

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