Challenge Day: Transforming the Attitudes of our Youths

Chanelle is a 14 year old from Jacksonville, Fl. She enjoys playing in marching band, bike riding, and wants to major in film and script-writing because she loves TV production.
“If you really knew me…”

Most of us know it as one of MTV’s newest reality series that focuses on youths, cliques, and bullying in high schools; but Challenge Day is much more than just a television show. Earlier in the year, my school sponsored a “Challenge Week” that was really an eye opening experience for me, and a lot of other students.

Challenge Day is a program that was designed to bring people together and to help bridge the gap caused by discrimination, rumors, and violence. The program was set up in such a way that no one felt they were being judged, and it was really a safe haven to be emotional and open up to people you normally wouldn’t feel comfortable with. After all, that’s what it was about, getting out of your comfort zone.

When Challenge Day started you could almost feel the tension and nervousness floating through the air. The good thing about it was that the Challenge Day leaders wouldn’t let you hover around people you already knew or were familiar with. It was a good thing they did, it really helped us get to know new people and make new friends. Some of us even got to know people we weren’t particularly “friendly” with and reconcile. The workshop was really fun and you got to do and say a lot of things you wouldn’t be able to in regular school hallway. There were times when it became really emotional for all of us, especially when things began to get personal. It made a lot of us realize that you shouldn’t treat a person badly because you could have absolutely no idea about what’s going on in their home life.

Even now that challenge day is over, we are still considerate of others and I’m happy to say that I haven’t seen much bullying since it has ended. Of course there are still those that haven’t changed, but for the ones that have gotten a new perspective, we make sure that we try to keep a positive balance. We all work together to “Be The Change” and it has really transformed the way we all live.

If you’re facing these types of problems like bullying in your community, consider having a Challenge Day workshop in your town or school. For more information, you can check out the Challenge Day program website (http://www.challengeday.org/challenge-day-program.php). They have information on booking, pricing and costs, how the program works, and even some episodes of MTV’s If You Really Knew Me to show the program in action.

2 thoughts on “Challenge Day: Transforming the Attitudes of our Youths”

  1. I am a college freshman who watches “If You Really Knew Me” when I have time. I am a big advocate of Challenge Day and think it is a valiant effort to make a change among young people. It is a beautiful experience. I wish my high school had done it.

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