Our Signature Program! Ignite School Connectedness
Imagine a school where everyone feels safe, loved and celebrated. Imagine enemies finding common ground and making peace; friends healing past hurts and making amends; people igniting their passion for service and leadership; adults and youth working together to create a school where everyone is included and thrives. This is Challenge Day.
- 5.5 Hours
- 2 Program Facilitators
- 100 Students (max)
- 25 Adult Participants
PRIMARY SEL COMPETENCIES:
- Social Awareness
- Relationship Skills
- Self Management
- Responsible Decision Making
"I hosted Challenge Days in 4 different school districts, 7 high schools and 3 middles schools. I saw positive changes in all the schools. Fortuna High School and Eureka High School had Challenge Day on multiple years. Fortuna High School had it 4 years in a row as part of the Freshman class initiation into high school.
The school made a culture change. ... There were so many good things that happened after Challenge Day. This program is one of the best programs there is to help a school change their culture of violence, gangs, racism, and bullying. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to give a testimonial."
Deputy Probation Officer II, Riverside County, California
Our signature day-long Challenge Day is an experiential social and emotional learning program for grades 7-12 and offers schools and youth organizations an opportunity to ignite a shift toward greater school connectedness, empathy, and inclusivity.
Programs are typically held in gyms or large assembly rooms, feature music and interactive exercises, and are led by two energetic, relatable and highly trained facilitators.
The program goes beyond traditional anti-bullying efforts, building empathy and inspiring a school-wide movement of compassion and positive change. We address some common issues seen in most schools including:
- negative judgments
- apathy, and
- hidden pressures to create an image, achieve or live up to the expectations of others.
We recommend doing Challenge Day for a full class. Over the years the whole school will cycle through. Otherwise we will coach you in choosing students across a wide spectrum to include influencers in different cliques to have the widest effect.
"There are many programs available which tell kids how and why bullying hurts. The genius of Challenge Day is the simple way in which the activities show kids that lesson. The students see others who have experienced many of the same obstacles they have faced. They see peers who experienced even greater challenges."