Teen Events & Programs
Loudoun Battle of the Bands
Loudoun’s Battle of the Bands is a joint venture among PRCS, Loudoun Youth Inc. and the Loudoun County Youth Advisory Council (YAC). The decade-long competition supports YAC’s mission of for teens, by teens. It also provides a free platform for teen musicians to play for a live audience with professional sound mixing and constructive criticism by a panel of industry professionals serving as judges.
During the first two battles, artists will be competing for first place, second place, fan favorite and soloist. The four winners from each night will compete at the final battle. Prizes are awarded to the winning acts.
Dates & Locations
- Battle # 1 - January 21, 2022, Franklin Park Arts Center in Purcellville
- Battle # 2 - February 25, 2022 , Franklin Park Arts Center in Purcellville
- Final Battle - April 1, 2022, Tally Ho Theater in Leesburg
- At least 71% of performers in ensemble acts must be in middle or high school.
- At least 25% of performers in ensemble acts must be Loudoun County residents.
- Students younger than 11 or older than 19 will not be permitted to compete.
- Performers may register to compete as a soloists, vocalist, instrumentalist or DJ/producer.
PRCS and Loudoun Youth Inc. follow pandemic guidelines and mandates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Commonwealth of Virginia and Loudoun County. We are currently planning for a live streaming event with limited in-person capacity. This is subject to change based on evolving safety guidelines for participants, audience and staff. Masks must be worn by artists, staff and audience members. Artists playing wind instruments will be allowed to remove their masks before performing.
Forward Turn is a youth-led charitable, grantmaking program that takes a “forward turn” to benefit communities in Fauquier and Loudoun Counties. Forward Turn is a partner with Youth Advisory Council in Loudoun County and funded by the S. Murray and Mary H.C. Rust Student Philanthropy Project endowment of the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties. Forward Turn Youth Advisors consider applications that Strengthen Positive Lifestyles, Create United Communities, and Encourage Community Involvement in Loudoun and Fauquier Counties.
Ideas for grants include initiatives that:
- Address substance abuse and eating disorders in teens
- Tutorial, mentoring, and educational support programs
- Educate teen users about internet safety
- Teach tolerance and anti-bullying to teens
- Improve school attendance, reduce high-school drop out, and improve teen motivation
- Demonstrate road safety and safe driving practices
- Build meaningful links between youth, adults, and/or elderly
- Abate teen pregnancy
- Help with teen hunger, clothing, shelter, and poverty influences
- Bring awareness and helpful programs for teen depression and suicide
- Support programs that protect and preserve our environment
Visit the Community Foundation's Grant Seekers webpage to apply today. The deadline is February 4, 2022, by 5:00 p.m.
Teen Volunteer Program
- Provides an opportunity to complete your community service hours in a dynamic setting
- Volunteer opportunities vary and may include service hours in children’s programs, parks and community centers
- Current volunteer opportunities are for high school teens.
- Check out our latest video.
How to participate
- Submit the PRCS volunteer application..
- Instruct your three references to complete this online reference form.. Do not complete the form yourself.
- Opens a New Window. Email Youth Services to attend volunteer orientation and receive more information. Opens a New Window.
For Parents of Teens
- In order to develop their communication skills, teens are required to complete the application, contact references, make program inquires and handle professional communication on their own.
- To keep parents informed, teens can copy parents on email communications, and our staff will use "reply-all" when responding.
- Opportunities for teens to volunteer and help in the community throughout the county.
- Assessments and long-range planning for 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, publication of comprehensive resource guides and awareness of campaign materials.
- Community education efforts through community groups and schools, including theater productions aimed at AIDS, teen pregnancy prevention, and tobacco use prevention.
PRCS provides diverse and inclusive youth outreach services targeting antisocial behaviors, juvenile delinquency, school drop-out prevention and the promotion of personal responsibility through the cultivation of 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.
Youth Advisory Council
The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is a student-led organization of highly motivated teens who reside in Loudoun County. As a leadership-development, community-service and civic-engagement program, mentoring is provided by PRCS Youth Initiative and Teen Services specialists.
YAC hosts four committees with elected chairs who report to the elected YAC Board members. New members are welcome to join the following committees based on operational needs.
- Programming: Plan, organize and implement events (e.g., Battle of the Bands, LoCo ImprovFest, 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.
- Policy & Activism: Enhances involvement in leadership and community service opportunities throughout the county.
YAC also serves as a recognized medium for presenting ideas and opinions of Loudoun County’s youth to the community and its leaders. Elected YAC Board members sit on the Board of Supervisors-appointed Advisory Commission on Youth, ensuring that Loudoun’s youth voice is heard by 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
- Independence High School: All grades
- Park View High School: Underclassmen
- Potomac Falls High School: All grades
- Stone Bridge High School: All grades
- Tuscarora High School: Underclassmen
- Woodgrove High School: All grades
Underclassmen: Grades 9-10 Upperclassmen: Grades 11-12