Challenge Day Dates 2018Posted by Lisa Steiner on 10/9/2018
Challenge Days 2018 are December 12th and 13th. Be sure to sign up on the North web store.
What is Challenge Day?Posted by Andrew Taylor on 4/20/2017Challenge Day's mission is to provide youth and their communities with experiential workshops and programs that demonstrate the possibility of love and connection through the celebration of diversity, truth and full expression.
Our 6 1/2-hour Challenge Day program is designed for 100 students. The program is created to build connection and empathy, and to fulfill the vision that every child lives in a world where they feel safe, loved, and celebrated. Challenge Day is more than a one-day program. It is the spark that ignites a movement of compassion and positive change, known as the Be the Change movement.
Challenge Day is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides powerful one-day programs as a service to junior high schools, middle schools, and high schools with students in grades 7-12. Challenge Day also serves other organizations and companies.Challenge Day successfully addresses some common issues seen at most schools during our school programs including cliques, gossip, rumors, negative judgments, teasing, harassment, isolation, stereotypes, intolerance, racism, sexism, bullying, violence, homophobia, hopelessness, apathy, and hidden pressures to to create an image, achieve or live up to the expectations of others. At the end of every Challenge Day program, all participants that fully participate will:Never again be able to say they didn't know that negative judgments, thoughtless jokes, rumors, or oppressive behaviors, comments or violence hurts people.Be challenged to adopt our three step formula for creating positive change:
Be challenged to celebrate the diversity of ALL people.Be encouraged to "drop the waterline" and to share and express their true selves (instead of hiding who they are to fit in at school or in their community)Be provided with tools and alternatives for the healthy self expression while also being challenged to let go of self limiting thoughts, beliefs, and/or emotions.Be challenged to live in a life in service to others.
- NOTICE – Wake up! Notice what's happening.
- CHOOSE – Dream It! Create a vision for what you DO want your life to look like.
- ACT – Do Something! Have the courage and commitment it takes to be the change.
Challenge Day programs are the catalyst for creating positive change in schools and communities. We believe each school can be an expert in knowing and understanding the needs of their students and for this reason, we ask schools and their communities to help sustain the changes made during the Challenge Day programs.
At Challenge Day, we invite youth make at least one conscious, positive contribution (also known as an act of change) each day in their communities and schools. The acts of change youth most often did after a Challenge Day are as follows:
- Helped peers and family
- Connected and reached out to peers
- Gave hugs and expressed love
- Participated in community service
- Resolved conflict
- Took care of self
Challenge Day has served hundreds of thousands of youth around the world, helping schools create positive and permanent changes in how relationships and communities are built and sustained. We invite you to join us in the work of Challenge Day and to Be the Change!