What does it mean to volunteer at a Challenge Day?
Challenge Days are usually held at schools, and serve up to 100 students and 25-30 adults (at least 1 adult for every 4 students). Adults are school staff, administrators, teachers, parents and even interested community members and outside volunteers. We call these adults "Adult Participants" and they participate fully in the program along with the students. This means the volunteer will be willing to play, to listen and be willing to share about themselves. While we understand this can sometimes be scary even for adults we only ask that you share what you are comfortable with. We would never ask anyone to share anything they did not want to. We also ask volunteers to arrive 30 minutes early for a morning meeting before the Challenge Day starts, commit to participate in the entire day, and stay 30 minutes after the day ends for a wrap-up meeting. This is explained further below.
Many schools are open to having community members and outside volunteers come and be part of their Challenge Day.
Frequently Asked Questions
No, you do not need any special training to be an Adult Participant. We send two trained Challenge Day Leaders to each Challenge Day. Challenge Day Leaders lead the Challenge Day for students and adults. We ask volunteers to arrive 30 minutes early for a morning meeting before the Challenge Day starts, commit to participate in the entire day, and stay 30 minutes after the day ends for a wrap-up meeting.
During the morning meeting, one of the Leaders will explain your role and exactly what to expect. During the wrap-up meeting the other Leader will receive your feedback and make sure that any student that needs follow-up will receive it. Your biggest objective in the day is to participate fully and to listen.
You will experience Challenge Day along with all of the other participants. Adult Participants are part of the workshop day. By being there, you are letting students know that there are caring adults in their community who are willing to be real with them.
Please see Program Details. Clients repeat the program year-after-year because it achieves outcomes rarely seen in more costly and resource-intensive school programs.
Normally, Challenge Days run the length of that particular school's regular day, e.g. 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. In this example, you would be asked to arrive no later than 7:30 a.m., and stay until 3:30 p.m., to accommodate the Adult Participant meetings before and after the Challenge Day program.
Over the years, volunteers have shared inspiring stories with us about their Challenge Day experience. You can find numerous testimonials on our Facebook page.