Students ‘Step Up’ to Solve Community Problems

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

Last week, representatives from Loudoun Youth heard pitches from 80 teams of teens and narrowed down the field to 10 groups.

The top 10 teams in alphabetical order are:

  • Clean Up Beaverdam Creek Reservoir (Rock Ridge High School): an ongoing effort to clean up and raise awareness of Beaverdam Reservoir;
  • Be Me For a Day (Broad Run High School): creates “a day in the life” videos to assist high school students and adults in choosing a profession;
  • Call of Security (Rock Ridge High School): develops a free machine to combat cyber threats;
  • Clean Kits (John Champe High School): collects hygiene and sanitary products for homeless women in Loudoun County;
  • Environment Rescuers (Rock Ridge High School): educates and raises money to understand the water crisis around the world and make long-lasting changes;
  • Every Voice Heard (Harper Park Middle School): creates a website to address depression and suicide, where individuals can share their stories;
  • Loudoun Purity (Eagle Ridge and Stone Hill middle schools): raises money through a 3K run for hygiene kits for the residents of the Leesburg Homeless Shelter;
  • Personal Teach (Stone Hill Middle School): a program that helps students combat low academic proficiency;
  • Put It Down! (Eagle Ridge, Mercer and Stone Hill middle schools): raises awareness about the dangers of distracted driving;
  • UnSalted (Riverside High School): creates an app that provides tools to help high school students cope with and decrease stress.

These teams will present their projects to a panel of judges Wednesday 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 $100.

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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