*data from www.challengeday.org
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.
“Attending Challenge Day I learned that there are ways to help make things better for teens. A way for them to see each other on a different level, empathize with peers, to recognize their own behavior that contributes to hurting others,lessen bullying, to teach them how to be kinder and more understanding. Teens learn better coping skills and learn they are not alone in the difficulties. Challenge Day also helps to identify teens who may need extra help in a variety of ways. In addition adults learn a new perspective on what teens are facing day in and day out. A new view for adults on how to be supportive and get a clearer understanding of what it is like to be a teen today. Things are so different.
There hasn’t been a more powerful tool that I have seen, attended, or read about that has a bigger impact and ability to make a change than Challenge Day. Challenge Day is the key to making our schools exceed expectations and be what we all need them to be. Challenge Day in my opinion should be mandatory for all schools, it helps everyone to be better and understand!” Jennifer Hoffman
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See KGW article about Emilio Inc’s efforts to raise money for Challenge Day!https://www.kgw.com/article/news/local/reynolds-school-shooting-victims-legacy-helps-needy-students/283-9a5ad131-4822-4644-b3ed-c9a1f39b96bb
Challenge Day offers immediate results in just one day. Our experience-based learning process is more effective than longer programs requiring more school resources.
Challenge Days are holistic and experiential programs. Instead of talking at people, our programs engage them in exercises that provoke deep internal insights and empathy for others.
Our carefully crafted and scripted exercises create a genuine connection between people and promote the experience of belonging. We often hear: “It was the best day of my life!”
Challenge Day improves social and emotional health thereby reducing behavioral problems and increasing academic outcomes.