"As a documentary filmmaker who has profiled many programs to help young people stop or prevent law-breaking, substance abuse, and anti-social behavior, I am happy to say that the Challenge Day Programs are among the most impressive and effective I've seen. I think every middle, junior, and high school should require Challenge Day for all students and their parents. In terms of enlightening and changing young peoples' thinking and behavior, it just doesn't get much better than Challenge Day."
Arnold Shapiro is a documentary and reality show television producer who has earned 16 Emmys, an Academy Award and more than 100 other honors and awards during his 30-plus year career. Among his most notable productions are the Oscar and Emmy award-winning documentary, Scared Straight!, the CBS series, Rescue 911, which saved the lives of 350 of its viewers; Scared Silent: Exposing & Ending Child Abuse, hosted by Oprah Winfrey, which aired simultaneously on CBS, NBC, PBS, followed by ABC and Teen Files: Surviving High School, hosted by Leeza Gibbons, which documents teens experiencing the Challenge Day Program. Arnold has been president of his own Los Angeles-based production company since 1982. He recently retired and lives with his beloved wife, Karen in Solvang, California.