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Alex Beard
Youth Initiative Specialist

20147 Ashbrook Pl
Suite 170
Ashburn, VA 20147
Battle of the Bands
Loudoun's annual Battle of the Bands is designed to provide middle school and high school students a safe place to spend a Friday night, while giving local youth bands and soloists a free opportunity to perform in front of their peers competing 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 more! 

Loudoun's Battle of the Bands 2019 Schedule 
*Doors open at 6:00P for all events*

More information can be found in the Loudoun's Battle of the Bands Performer Expectations document. 

Interested in playing/competing? Registration for Loudoun's Battle of the Bands is now open and is 100% free for Loudoun teens to compete! 

Register here: https://lfportal.loudoun.gov/Forms/bob2019

The deadline to register is November 9, 2018.

Youth Advisory Council

The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is a student led organization comprised 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.

With the core mission of "for teen, by teen programs", YAC has been innovating creative teen programming, providing a safe, fun, and engaging platform for the youth voice to be heard for over thirteen years. With each year YAC's umbrella of creative programs continues to grow, from humble beginnings with Loudoun's Battle of the Bands to a the first annual countywide young adult arts festival, Lights on Loudoun, coming in 2019! 

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. 

Lights on Loudoun/Battle of the Bands: Plans, organizes, and implements Loudoun's Battle of the Bands and Lights on Loudoun. 
Creative: Maintains the YAC youth run website LoudounTeens.org and plans, organizes, and implements public speaking events for teens. 
Outreach: Markets the Youth Advisory Council and its events to the local community and manages the YAC social media accounts. 
Community Service: Plans, organizes, and implements volunteer opportunities for YAC members throughout the academic year. Manages the Forward Turn YAC subcommittee, and Step Up YAC subcommittee. 

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. 

The Youth Advisory Council is an extremely competitive program with limited space based on current district representation. YAC strives to maintain a minimum of four student representatives from each school to ensure that a each district is appropriately represented and that the county's broad spectrum of diversity is recognized. YAC maintains an online application system that is processed on a rolling basis. Students are accepted into the program starting at the end of each summer and meet biweekly (every other week) throughout the academic year.

Applications for the 2018-2019 school year are open on a limited basis. We are currently recruiting students from the following schools listed below. If you do not fit the following school/age demographics listed below we are not accepting applications for your school at this time. (Please note Underclassmen= 9th and 10th grade. Upperclassmen=11th and 12th grade. All grades= 9th-12th grade.)

Actively Recruiting:

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

Applications consist of a student/ applicant form AND a teacher/community leader character reference. Both can be completed via the link below. Please note, without a teacher/community leader character reference your application will not be processed. 

LoCo ImprovFest
LoCo ImprovFest is Loudoun's only Teen Improv Comedy & Theatre Festival featuring high school aged performers from Loudoun and the Washington metropolitan area. The festival is consists of 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 annually 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.

LoCo ImprovFest 2019 has been scheduled for Saturday Feb 16, 2019. Mark your calendar and be sure to check back for more information this winter! 

For more information on LoCo ImprovFest's host venue please visit:www.franklinparkartscenter.org 

Step Up Loudoun Youth Competition 
Step Up Loudoun Youth Competition is a youth-focused event that identifies youth and community priorities, and helps create enthusiasm and momentum towards making Loudoun County "The Best Place to Grow Up".  This event provides opportunities for examining the priorities, influencing the strategies adopted for addressing the priorities, and for participating in the development of action plans.  Step Up encourages active engagement in youth-identified programs and services, and brings the diverse components of the community together, to include public and private schools, government, non-profit, faith-based, community, and business organizations, as well as the youth of Loudoun County. For more information or to register, click here.

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