Will Challenge Day bring up feelings and emotions?
Young people in our schools face negative judgments, bullying, teasing, racism, violence, loneliness and separation; some have faced trauma in their lives, and some feel empowered and positive about their experience. Challenge Day creates the emotional safety for people to express their real feelings. Students typically leave the program inspired to seek ways to help create a positive school environment. In addition to feeling inspired, some students may need additional support. To support these youth, we work carefully and confidentially to identify them and get them the follow-up counseling support they deserve.
How do I fund my school's Challenge Day?
Once a student’s social and emotional needs are met, their behavior and engagement improves, grades go up, and their overall life satisfaction improves. That’s why more than 90% of Challenge Days are funded from school resources. Local community foundations, civic groups such as Rotary, Kiwanis and Lions groups, police departments, businesses, service clubs, school safety funds, drug use prevention funds, and private donors have all provided funding for Challenge Days. Better yet, they can experience the immediate impact of their donation by participating in the program. See our Funding Handbook under Resources for more fundraising ideas.