MTV: If You Really Knew Me
Air Date July 20 to October 12, 2010
In high school, there are the students who rule the school -- like jocks, cheerleaders, and the popular kids -- and the ones who get picked on -- like nerds, emos, and outcasts. That's just high school, right? But what if you could change that?
MTV's If You Really Knew Me features Challenge Day programs at 12 diverse high schools throughout the U.S. Each episode captures the perspective of a group of young people as they navigate through high school and their Challenge Day experience.
Oprah's High School Challenge
Air Date: November 9, 2006
In the extraordinary episode that ignited an international movement to bring Challenge Day to more schools, Oprah Show correspondent Lisa Ling took cameras inside Monroe High School in Michigan and participated in the Challenge Day program.
If you knew me, you would know... Watch Lisa Ling embrace Challenge Day and encourage students to complete this statement in front of a small group of classmates. In this powerful exercise, Monroe High students and their assistant principal open up about their individual struggles with racism, sexuality, family, friends, and academics. Amid the tears, watch the high school students' transformations as they break down the barriers.
In an emotional moment, Oprah brings the students, administrators, and Challenge Day founders Yvonne and Rich Dutra-St. John into the studio to talk about their experience and sees how remarkably the experience transformed racism at the school and showed that "real change and connection is possible." Oprah says, "I just want to say this is how we change the world—one person at a time."
With Oprah, Lisa Ling admits she was cynical about the idea. "I thought, 'Challenge Day? We're going to do something called Challenge Day?' And I kept thinking about when I was in high school and I was cynical and I thought everything was stupid," she says. "But I've got to tell you...something happened at school that day that was really remarkable."
Ten years later, Chris and Dorian are still being the change:
Oprah: Where Are They Now? caught up with Chris and Dorian recently, nearly a decade since their high school breakthrough. Both expressed that the lessons of Challenge Day have remained with them over the years.