STEP UP Frederick Student Songwriting Contest

by Chords of Courage
STEP UP Frederick Student Songwriting Contest


Chords of Courage uses songwriting as a catalyst for social change. Youth are barraged daily with demoralizing messages. STEP UP Student Songwriting Contest encourages them to write songs about people of great courage. Winning songs are performed at an awards concert and writers galvanize the audience to join them in acts of civic engagement they designed in the spirt of their song. By creating socially conscious programs with youth today, we help create socially conscious citizens for tomorrow.

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We live in a world where news cycles favor the selfish, greedy and violent. Every time we turn on the TV, computer, or radio, the news is filled with stories of violence, pain, political gridlock and constant negativity. Some of the perpetrators are punished; many are rewarded with media coverage, money, video games named after them. Young people feel disconnected and become immune to these negative messages and that is what we fear most for our young people and our society.


This is the 1st songwriting contest of its kind anywhere, enabling us to reach many young people at once. We support and encourage youth to write powerful songs about people of great courage using songwriting as a catalyst for social change. Students present winning songs at a community concert where they take leadership roles to encourage the audience to join them in acts of STEPPING UP! they created to make a difference. This empowers teens to understand the importance of civic engagement.

Long-Term Impact

Between students, teachers, youth leaders, songwriters, musicians, sponsors, partners, the general community, and beneficiaries of the acts of STEPPING UP!, we expect to reach well over 1,000 people in this inaugural project. The main beneficiary will be homeless youth in the county. As both students and the community experience coming together through music and acts of social consciousness, we expect to see more youth become engaged in the community.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).


Organization Information

Chords of Courage

Location: Washington, DC - USA
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @chordsofcourage
Chords of Courage
Caron Dale
Project Leader:
Caron Dale
Washington, DC United States

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