We are committed to building compassion & hope in our communities.
Through innovative programs and approaches, we help youth and adults unlearn harmful habits, discover strengths in vulnerability, and experience the social and emotional rewards of full expression through the lens of compassion, connection, and diversity.
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Give a boost to connection
Challenge Day is a nonprofit organization celebrating its 35th anniversary and is committed to building empathy and compassion.
With an all-inclusive, results-driven approach, Challenge Day serves independent and public schools, workplaces, and community centers.
Yvonne and Rich St. John-Dutra
Close the Gap Campaign
The global COVID-19 pandemic opened new gaps experienced most acutely by the very people for whom Challenge Day was created 35 years ago: our youth. The data are in. Young people are struggling with stress from isolation, academic setbacks, loss, feeling disconnected from peers, and family disruptions caused by unemployment, illness and grief.
This school year alone, the demand for Challenge Day programs is up over 38% from the previous year in 20 states. Our ambition is to bring Challenge Day to more schools across the country. We need your help to close the gap to increase our capacity, expand our training, and extend our reach.
How people are connecting
Here are, in their own words, how Challenge Day is meeting the needs of communities.