Teen/Youth Events & Development Opportunities
Battle of the Bands
- Loudoun's annual Battle of the Bands provides middle school and high school students a safe place to spend a Friday night.
- It gives local youth bands and soloists a free opportunity to perform in front of their peers and compete for a chance to win the opportunity to play at Leesburg's own Tally Ho.
- This year's prizes include $900 in cash prizes, half and full day studio time, private lessons with professional songwriters, and much more.
Doors open at 6 p.m. for all events
- Battle Number 1: Friday, December 7, 2018 at Cascades Overlook Event Center
- Battle Number 2: Friday, January 25, 2019 at Cascades Overlook Event Center
- Battle Number 3: Friday, February 22, 2019 at Cascades Overlook Event Center
- Final Battle: Friday, March 22, 2019 at Tally Ho
- While registration has closed for for the 2019 competition, check back in the Fall of 2019 for the next year's competition.
- Registration for Loudoun's Battle of the Bands is 100% free for Loudoun teens.
LoCo ImprovFest: Saturday, February 16, 2019
- LoCo ImprovFest is Loudoun's only Teen Improv Comedy & Theatre Festival featuring high school aged performers from Loudoun and the Washington metropolitan area.
- The annual festival features daytime improvisational theatre workshops with professional actors and an a series of evening public performances featuring individual school acts and a mixed showcase of performers.
- Performances are held at Franklin Park Arts Center in Purcellville, VA.
- Previous acts include: Briar Woods High School’s Those Guys, Loudoun Valley High School’s Comedy Cult, Dominion High School’s Blank Slate, McLean Community Center’s Unruly Theatre Project, Broad Run High School’s BRHS Improv, Loudoun County High School’s Improvasaurus, and Potomac Falls High School’s SOFA.
- Mark your calendar and be sure to check back for more information this winter!
Step Up Looudoun
- The Step Up Loudoun Youth Competition encourages middle and high school youth across the county to identify an issue in their school, neighborhood or community, create a plan to address that issue, and implement the plan. The goal is to encourage, support and reward the youth of Loudoun County for making positive changes in their own lives and the lives of others.
- Registration is NOW OPEN, closing on Dec. 21. Orientation sessions will take place on January 16, 17, and 30. Main Competition is on March 28, 2019, and Finals and Awards will be held on April 11, 2019.
- View more information and register for the Step Up Youth Competition. Opens a New Window.
Teen Volunteer Program
- Complete your community service hours in a dynamic setting
- PRCS opportunities vary: volunteer at a children's program, a park, or a community center.
- At the current time, all of our volunteer opportunities are for high school-aged teens.
How to participate
- Complete the following steps:
- Submit the PRCS Volunteer Application online
- Have three references complete the online reference form using this link (do not complete this page yourself).
- Read the PRCS Teen Volunteer Handbook (PDF) Opens a New Window.
- Opens a New Window. Email Youth Services to attend Volunteer Orientation and receive more information Opens a New Window.
For Parents of Teens
- If you have a teen who is interested in volunteering, please have your teen handle all professional communication.
- It is very important that your teen is the one completing the application, contacting references, and handling all communication.
- If you wish to stay in the loop, we recommend that you have your teen CC you on all emails and we will reply-all.
- We kindly request that parents have their children handle all professional communication, including inquiries about the Teen Volunteer Program to build their communication skills.
- Opportunities throughout Loudoun for teens to volunteer and help in the community
- Assessments and long range planning for services to youth and families
- Research, database development, and grant writing to secure funding for direct service agencies
- Development of and participation in private / public collaborative efforts to fill gaps in services.
- Information and referral across department / service lines, publication of comprehensive resource guides to youth services and awareness of campaign materials.
- Community education efforts through community groups and schools such as theater productions aimed at AIDS, teen pregnancy prevention, and tobacco use prevention.
The Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Services provides diverse and inclusive youth outreach services and programs, targeting antisocial behaviors, juvenile delinquency, school drop-out prevention, and the promotion of personal responsibility in youth through the cultivation of their self-esteem and self-image.
Youth outreach includes after-school programs in partnership with community organizations, mentoring programs, Loudoun County Public Schools, Loudoun County Juvenile Court Services, and intervention programs.
For more information, please contact us at 703-777-0343.
Youth Advisory Council
The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is a student led organization of highly motivated teens who reside in Loudoun County Virginia. As a leadership development, community service, and civic engagement program, YAC is mentored by Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services Youth Initiative and Teen Services Specialists.
YAC hosts four committees, each with elected chairs who report to the elected YAC Board Members. New YAC members are welcome to join any of the committees below based on operational needs.
- Programing: Plan, organize, and implement events such as Battle of the Bands, LoCo ImprovFest or Step Up Loudoun.
- Creative: Maintain the YAC website Opens a New Window. and host public speaking events for teens.
- Outreach: Market YAC and events to the community and manage YAC social media Opens a New Window.
- Community Service: Create and find volunteer opportunities for YAC members with the Forward Turn Opens a New Window. and Step Up Opens a New Window. subcommittees.
YAC also serves as an official medium through which the ideas and opinions of Loudoun County's youth demographic may be presented to the community and its leaders. The elected YAC Board Members sit on the Board of Supervisor's Advisory Commission on Youth (ACOY) ensuring that the youth voice is heard by Loudoun's elected officials.
- Briar Woods High School: Underclassmen
- Broad Run High School: All grades
- Dominion High School: All grades
- Freedom High School: All grades
- Heritage High School: All grades
- Loudoun County High School: All grades
- Loudoun Valley High School: All grades
- Homeschool/Private School: All grades
- Park View High School: Underclassmen
- Potomac Falls High School: All grades
- Tuscarora High School: Underclassmen
- Woodgrove High School: All grades
*Underclassmen: 9th & 10th grade, Upperclassmen:11 & 12th grade
For more information about YAC and applying, please contact us.