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CHALLENGE DAY

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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.

Results: Our work has reached over 15 million people

Target demographics: the next generation learn social and emotional learning and empathy

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 75000 people

Geographic areas served: education

Programs: What is Challenge Day: Challenge Day is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that helps people learn to connect through powerful, life-changing programs in their schools & communities. Using highly interactive and energetic activities, our programs provide teens and adults with tools to break down the walls of separation and isolation and replace them with compassion. We inspire people to live, study, and work in an environment of acceptance, love, and respect. Our Vision: A world where every child feels safe, loved and celebrated. Our Mission: To provide youth and their communities with experiential workshops and programs that improve school and community climate, positively influence student achievement, strengthen cross-cultural connections, and reduce conflict and bullying. How many people reached: Challenge Day has a signature anti-bullying program in schools, which has served over 1.5 million people in 2,200 schools in 10 countries around the world. Our program has been featured on MTV & The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Christine Klaassen-St P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Challenge Day brought transformational change to our school and community!

2 Joann Purificato W.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with this organization and have had them at my school every year for over ten years now. The planning process is well organized, each of our leaders over the years have been amazing, and our students, staff and community LOVE the experience! I highly recommend bringing them to your school!

2 Leesh De L.

Advisor

Rating: 5

As a public school counselor, I have brought Challenge Day to my district for the last 10 years. Each year our entire sophomore class participates in what has become a right of passage. The day is filled with opportunities to connect our community through tears and joy. Each year this experience proves to be life changing for both our students and staff. This program supports our district’s mission of enhancing the emotional well-being and social emotional literacy of all members of our school community.

2 Scott S.6

Client Served

Rating: 5

This was a excellent experience for our school each time we did it. The effects it had on our students and community were lasting.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Trish was amazing! She connected and related with our students on a whole new level.

2 Adam S.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this program for over eight years. Each year, I coordinate Challenge Day at the school I work at. I can say with confidence that for as long as I can, I will continue to fight to bring this program to schools. People often look at the cost and say, “But it is so much.” Try it once, and you will never have that thought again. There is no one who can change lives quite like they can. Every year I am amazed by the impact, and I know what to expect every year! This group is incredible.

2 Inge A.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Working with and for the Challenge Day organisation fromout Amsterdam- Europe has totally changed my view on everything. Having experienced this workshop many times I am convinced this is exactly what is missing in our schoolsystem, often also in our upbringing and in our societies. Worldwide! This very effective 6.5 hour day teaches us all that we need to know about dealing with our emotions in a healthy way, dealing with life and all that happens in it (things within our controll and out of our controll) , it teaches tolerance, understanding, it corrects our believe systems and makes us think more and better. The playful way and the way every individual gets a chance to be involved and to be seen, is the only way to get real with eachother. And this is so so needed! I have seen it being succesfull at schools but also at organisations with adult groups. I am proud to say we even worked it intensely - and still are - with professional athletes and the Police. It is amazing how a few hours being together like this, brings such light into peoples souls. The insights of such a day are of incredible value. It changes peoples perspectives completely and by that it also changes their behaviour. But then from the core, not because people are told to. This is the only way to get people to be emotionally healthy individuals and get them to start making better choices for themselves, their family or social groups. I believe even as citizens of a nation. - Inge Aerts, Challenge Day coordinator from Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Europe

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am proud of having worked on Challenge Day events in schools in my community for almost ten years. I have participated in 31 Challenge Day events, and have been able to see how humans are transformed when they feel safe enough to speak their truth. Through countless boxes of Kleenex - young people and adults find out that they have more in common than they realized...it helps us find our shared humanity. For teens, the world can be a confusing and complicated place - it is powerful to try being completely your real self - just for a day. I have asked young people to complete a short survey when they leave Challenge Day - here is my favorite quote from a survey that inspires me to keep trying “Spread the word, scream it from the rooftops, change is coming. We just have to believe we can do it.”

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Challenge Day is the real deal. I haven't seen any other program that works as effectively as this one.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The 2018-2019 school year will bring Challenge day to our school for the 6th consecutive year. We are a committed, dedicated Challenge Day school. Challenge Day has become an important part of our 9th grade program. I highly recommend Challenge Day to any school looking to enhance their social-emotional program and a way to help "bring together" a grade. Each year the program has helped our Freshman class to be more cohesive and supportive of one another. It has also made a huge positive impact on our staff.

2 Taline A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Truly an amazing experience. This allows for young teens to learn emotional intelligence and connect to their peers in a life-changing and powerful way

2 mrmikejsteele

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Challenge Day is unrivaled in its power and ability to transform lives. Challenge Day runs programs for students that help them open up, connecting young people with their community and inspiring them to notice issues, choose to confront them, and act in pursuit of change for the better. The program is professional and polished, and the fantastic leaders who facilitate command the crowd, producing everything from spontaneous dancing to somber reflective sharing. I have been attending and coordinating Challenge Day events at my high school for seven years and those events each year resonatethroughout the rest. I sincerely believe there is no program better for helping students confront the perils of bullying, mental health crises, and the emotional turbulence that they are always living in. Challenge Day’s work is invaluable to the schools and communities it serves, and I know that my involvement with the program has helped me grow and become a better teacher, advocate, and man.

1 Sevan A.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Challenge Day is hands down the most powerful workshop a community can experience.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

3

Volunteer

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.

4 S.Etcheson

Volunteer

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