For millions of teens, bullying, violence, and emotional trauma and alienation are part of a typical school day. These problems reduce learning, increase discipline problems and suspensions, and can result in physical harm and even death. Challenge Day's powerful, hands-on workshops for middle and high school students, teachers, and parents help overcome differences and build kinder and more inclusive school communities. In her 2006 episode about Challenge Day, Oprah Winfrey said, “I’m not kidding when I say this is how we change the world.”
Challenge Day takes place in about 800 schools each year throughout the U.S., in much of Canada, the Netherlands, and several other countries each year, and has reached more than one million kids and adults. In addition to being featured on Oprah, Challenge Day is the centerpiece of the 12-episode 2010 MTV series If You Really Knew Me. The acclaimed Dutch documentary, Over de Streep (Cross the Line), is now in its third season and features filming of six Challenge Days each year.
Personal growth workshops for adults and older teens are facilitated by Challenge Day Founders Rich and Yvonne Dutra-St. John. The workshops offer an immersion into Challenge Day’s inspirational philosophies and a range of beneficial tools, including powerful team building strategies, effective communication, and practices to aid in emotional growth. They provide diverse groups of people with an undeniable first-hand experience of group support and interpersonal connection.