Letter: Steve Wolfson, Loudoun Youth Inc.

Editor:   Congratulations to all the amazing students that just completed this year’s session of the Loudoun Youth Leadership Program. Fifty-two Loudoun County high school students, representing 14 different high schools, participated in one of two, weeklong training events in July and August.

LYLP 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 and home school 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, School Board Chairman Jeff Morse, Clerk of the Circuit Court Gary M. Clemens, Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman, and many local business executives and entrepreneurs. Their week started with an overnight leadership retreat at the Freedom Center, north of Leesburg. Teambuilding and communication activities hosted by Empowered Adventures of Middleburg VA started the day, finishing with strategy session on “Setting and Reaching your Goals” and “Leadership & Communication Skills.” In-depth tours of Western Loudoun’s Rural Economy, hosted by the Loudoun County Virginia Economic Development, included stops at Georges Mill Farm Artisan Cheese, Breezy Meadow Farms and CEA Farms. Additionally, students spent time touring and learning about local businesses such as Raytheon Company, Telos, Leesburg Airport, and new this year Fortessa Tableware Solutions in their new One Loudoun headquarters, and REI Systems in Sterling. One afternoon was also devoted a civics lesson on creating community called “Balancing Act” at the Center of Civic Impact at Moven Park. The week concluded with local entrepreneurs sharing their experiences, a keynote address from Kyle Winey author of “HACKiversity: The Secrets to Achieving More by Doing Less in College,” 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, DCUB3D, Youth Advisory Council and the Step Up Your Health Challenge.

For more information, please visit our website loudounyouth.org, or contact me at swolfson@loudounyouth.org.

Steve Wolfson, Executive Director

Loudoun Youth Inc.

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