Youth Development

CHALLENGE DAY

Concord, CA   |  www.challengeday.org

Mission

Our interactive bullying and violence prevention program provides youth with tools to tear down walls of separation, and builds a school environment of acceptance, unity, and respect.

Ruling year info

2001

Principal Officer

Dana Callihan

Main address

2520 Stanwell Drive Suite 160

Concord, CA 94520 USA

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EIN

94-3386810

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Youth Community Service Clubs (O51)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Challenge Day

Our 6 1/2-hour Challenge Day program is designed for 100 students. Our program is created to build connection and empathy, and to fulfill our 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.

Population(s) Served
K-12 (5-19 years)
Students
Budget
$2,371,297

Where we work

Awards

Emmy Award 2000

Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

Honorable Mention for Nonprofit Innovation 2006

Peter F. Drucker

Featured on "Oprah’s High School Challenge" 2006

Oprah

Best Edited Reality Series 2011

American Cinema Editors Eddie Award

Feature on Tom Brokaw's BRIDGING THE DIVIDE Documentary 2010

USA's Characters Unite Month

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents (13-19 years),Adults

Related Program

Challenge Day

Context Notes

Estimated total number of middle and high school students and adult volunteers attending Challenge Day workshops in schools during the 2014-15 academic year.

Number of participants who would recommend program to others

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents (13-19 years)

Related Program

Challenge Day

Context Notes

Percent of middle and high school student participants surveyed in 2014-15 who would recommend the Challenge Day program to friends or family.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents (13-19 years),Adults

Related Program

Challenge Day

Context Notes

Estimated total number of adult volunteers participating in Challenge Day workshops in middle and high schools during the 2014-15 academic year.

Number of participants reporting greater issue awareness

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents (13-19 years)

Related Program

Challenge Day

Context Notes

Percent of participating middle and high school students surveyed who report they are more likely to try to understand and accept others, and more aware of bullying impacts because of Challenge Day .

Number of participants reporting change in behavior or cessation of activity

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents (13-19 years)

Related Program

Challenge Day

Context Notes

Percent of participating middle and high school students surveyed who report they are more accepting of other students and more aware their actions affect others because of Challenge Day.

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Challenge Day has a vision that every child lives in a world where they feel safe loved and celebrated. This means a reduction in (1) Interpersonal conflict and disconnection, (2) violence against others, including physical and emotional bullying, (3) self-harm, (4) isolation, alienation, and loneliness, and (5) lack of engagement in school and work. We aim to create schools and communities where:<br/><br/>People experience more caring, loving, and mutually-beneficial environments with positive social connections<br/><br/>Emotional and physical health improves<br/><br/>Educational, work, and life achievement improves

Challenge Day offers transformative experiential workshops that create three key feelings among participants:<br/><br/>Empathy—Take the perspective of and feeling the emotions of other people regardless of their perceived differences<br/><br/>Belongingness—Experience the feeling of being part of a group or community of people and be motivated to form and maintain interpersonal bonds<br/><br/>Connection—Experience the sense of being in beneficial, caring, and loving relationships with others

Challenge Day is a 25 year-old nonprofit social enterprise. We were helping kids fight bullying and emotional alienation long before it became a national issue. 70% of schools return to the program year after year. 95% of teens would recommend the program to friends or family. Research has validated our impact on developing leadership and social and emotional skills in teens.<br/><br/>Challenge Day programs take place in about 500 schools 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 on the ground in schools and communities, and millions more through televised programs. Community Workshops are held in up to 20 communities each year throughout the globe. Challenge Day has been featured on Oprah, in the 2010 Tom Brokaw documentary called Bridging the Divide, and in the 12-episode 2010 MTV series If You Really Knew Me.

Challenge Day measures program outcomes through surveys of participating youth, adults, and educators each year. We have set the following measurable benchmark targets: 90% of surveyed youth and adults will report being more aware of the effects of bullying and aware that their actions affect others, more accepting and supporting of other students, and more likely to help others; and 80% of will report being more accepting of themselves and more likely to work to improve relationships. We have also established three strategic organizational goals: (1) grow the number of clients served; (2) build organizational and financial sustainability; and (2) increase the value of Challenge Day programs and services.

We've achieved our benchmark survey outcomes for the past three years. Because of the recession's impact on education funding, we have not yet attained our goal of growing the number of clients served. We've increased organizational and financial stability by reducing our operating expenses by 15%, developing new program models for clients, and increasing fundraising by 195% over three years.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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CHALLENGE DAY

Board of directors
as of 6/18/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jeff Malone

Center for Seven Lights

Term: 2014 - 2016

Jeff Malone

Center for Seven Lights

Katie Greenman

Nexus Global Youth Summit

Mike Matt

Independent Consultant

Rich Dutra-St. John

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Eric Seiger

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Steven Echtman

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Yvonne St. John-Dutra

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Semira Rahemtulla

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Jeff Gabrielson

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Rachel Sheinbein

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Keywords

school programs, anti-bullying, violence prevention, diversity training, emotional intelligence workshops