Creating a world where every person feels safe, loved and celebrated since 1987
Founded in 1987 by Rich and Yvonne St. John-Dutra, Challenge Day started as a Bay Area organization. Now Challenge Day serves over 49 U.S. states, Canada, Belgium, and the Netherlands, Challenge Day is on a mission to create a world where every person in our communities feels safe, loved and celebrated.
The memories across thirty-five years of work are thick, and they go back to the very beginning. “I still remember the first Challenge Day we did,” says Yvonne, “and watching the magic unfolding, seeing the walls come down.
First in-person Challenge Day program after Covid Shutdown
May 27, 2020, hosted our first ever Virtual Graduation Challenge Day
First Military Challenge Day – Peterson Airforce Base, Colorado Springs, CO 11/4/2019
Over de Streep – Dutch Television Program
If you really Knew me MTV Series
First corporate programs held at Coca-Cola
Oprah's High School Challenge
Teen Files: Surviving High School
Challenge Day Begins
Celebrating Our Founders
To talk with founder s Yvonne and Rich about the history of Challenge Day is to take a journey across thirty-five years, one that begins with a shared conviction. “We believe everyone does the best they can, and that’s the place we meet them,” says Yvonne. “It’s where Challenge Day started, and it’s what the program still seeks to draw out from people: The best you have to offer.”