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Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Educational Services, Youth Community Service Clubs, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Challenge day's mission is to provide youth and their communities with experiential workshops and programs that improve school and community climate, positively influence student acheivement, strengthen cross cultural connections, and reduce conflict and bullying.

Programs: Challenge day's mission is to provide youth and their communities with experiential workshops and programs that demonstrate the possibility of love and connection through the celebration of diversity, truth and full expression. As an educational non-profit, challenge day's vision is that every child lives in a world where they feel safe, loved, and celebrated. Challenge day has been featured on the oprah tv show, in a tom brokaw 2010 documentary bridging the divide and in a 12-episode mtv 2010 program if you really knew me. In 2013-14, challenge day served 85,000 teens and 20,000 adult facilitators during 850 workshop days. In fact, since 1987, we have presented the program to more than 1 million teenagers. Based on our internal survey data, more than 50% of the students and faculty we serve are minorities including, american indian (5%), african american (14%), latin american (15%), chinese (2%), japanese (2%), filipino (1. 5%), korean (. 5%), pacific islander (1. 5%), other race or ethnicity (10. 5%) and caucasian (48%). We serve males (49%) and females (51%). Challenge day has been serving pre-teens and teenagers in public and private schools around the world since 1987 when it was created by its founders yvonne and rich dutra st. John. The organization serves teenagers from every gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religious background, and socioeconomic level. Its programs are presented in 49 states in the united states and five international communities including the czech republic, japan, canada, and germany, australia and the netherlands. The program has proven results which demonstrate that schools that participate in the programs see a reduction in violence, bullying, and substance abuse including tobacco, drug and alcohol use. The number of incidents of violence also decreases for schools that participate in challenge days and the follow-up program. As a one-day experiential workshop designed for 100 students, challenge day's goal is to build connection and empathy. Evidence-based research has shown that challenge day helps remove impediments to student success by developing leadership in high school students through its workshops, including intellectual flexibility, emotional control, self-confidence and social competence. After our programs, the support network of teachers and administrators can expect the youth participants to:-increase their skills in noticing oppression and isolation-practice safe and effective intervention tools in the midst of conflict-perform acts of change in their schools and communitiesat a challenge day, leaders invite youth to make at least one conscious, positive contribution (also known as an act of change) each day in their communities and schools. The acts of change youth most often did after a challenge day are as follows:-helped peers and family-connected and reached out to peers-gave hugs and expressed love-resolved conflict-took care of self

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

An amazing organization I've had the honor of working with.



Rating: 5

Volunteered as an adult facilitator at the Challenge Day event for young kids.

Also participated in their adult workshops.

Both were life changing. The work with the young people was eye opening to see how much these kids go through and I was also able to release some old stories.

The work with adults in the personal growth workshops have altered the course of my life. I have had so many profound breakthroughs in my life. They have helped me move beyond my past and take actions for my life.

The work of Challenge Day is incredible. They offer life-changing programs to build compassion and empathy, provide tools for better live - interpersonal skills, communication tools and ways of seeing that we are more alike than different.

The organization also walks the walk in that they practice what they talk about.

2 S.Etcheson


Rating: 5

I participated as an adult facilitator at a Challenge Day in Corcord, CA and was completely blown away. I was inspired by the challenge days leaders and amazed by the courage and compassion of the high school students. To see these young adults reveal deeply personal issues to their peers and embrace and support one another, is an experience I will never forget. I look forward to participating in more challenge days and helping this organization accomplish it's mission