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HOW CHALLENGE DAY WORKS



How Challenge Day Works

A Challenge Day is a 6 1/2 hour experiential program, in which we send two of our highly-trained, passionate Leaders from the San Francisco Bay Area to your school to lead a workshop for 100 students (grades 7-12) and 25 or more adults, including teachers, staff and family members.

step 1
You learn about Challenge Day and present the idea to your school through parents, students, administrators, teachers, faculty or other community members you believe would like to be involved.

step 2
Your school loves the idea and is excited to find out more about our program.

step 3
You share information about our program, and follow the steps found here on our website:
Challenge Day Leader Pam and Participant Workshop leader Pam Dunn speaks to youth at Challenge Day. Photo Credits: Zach Cordner
step 4
Once your school has decided to host a Challenge Day(s), an on-site coordinator is identified, who works hand-in-hand with our team to organize, plan, and build momentum for the day, and sustain the spirit of Challenge Day throughout your school complete and submit our online Program Request (PR) Form.

The Program Request (PR) Form will allow you to request your Challenge Day dates from the office. We are currently scheduling Challenge Days for the next two years. Please fill out the form completely, and use a separate form for each school. This form must be filled out by an administrator/staff member of the school.

Program Request Request your Challenge Day dates from our office. Please fill out the form completely, and use a separate form for each school.

step 5
To maximize sustainability at your school the coordinator helps form or identify a Be the Change Team/leadership team. This team creates an action plan for pre- and post-Challenge Day activities.

Forming a Be the Change Team

Working in a Be the Change Team means the load is easier for everyone! Once you have buy-in from at least two other adults, including a teacher and/or school administrator, download the Be the Change Team Guide (located in Coordinator Resources) and form a Be the Change Team. The "Be the Change Movement" is about creating a culture of acceptance and service on your campus. The "Be the Change Team" is a team or club on campus that promotes these ideals. This does not need to be a whole new club; it could be a club that is already leading activities to create change and connection on campus. Some examples might be a Leadership Club, an Association of Student Body (ASB) Committee or any other group promoting positive change. This team creates an action plan for pre- and post-Challenge Day activities.

To recruit for the team:

  1. Ask at least one school administrator to be a part of the team. He/she will attend meetings and provide approval for school-wide activities.
  2. Show teachers and parents the Challenge Day DVD and recruit their support.
  3. Recruit students from leadership programs, conflict management teams, and from the general population at student assemblies.

step 6
The coordinator will recruit all necessary adult participants (one for every four student participants). They will identify and recruit a counselor to be present in each of the Challenge Days. We require that a counselor or team of counselors to be present to ensure the students will receive the follow up and support they may need.

step 7
If Challenge Days are scheduled for your school, we send two of our highly-trained, passionate Leaders from the San Francisco Bay area to lead your Challenge Day.

step 8
Students and selected adult participants participate in one of the most powerful, life-changing events imaginable: Challenge Day.

step 9
Implement Challenge Day activities. See the Coordinator Resources for more ideas!

step 10
After your Challenge Day, participants are inspired to be the change they wish to see in the world. The possibilities are endless.

All along the way, have fun and make sure that everyone feels safe, loved, and celebrated!


Challenge Day Photo Credits: David Brame / Dynamx Digital

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