Challenge Day is program held once a year at Coral Shores High School. Two highly trained leaders from the San Francisco Bay Area come to the school and hold a 6 hour workshop for 100 students from grades 7 through 12. 25 adult volunteers, including parents, teachers and staff, join them.
The goal of the program is to build empathy and connection between students, volunteers and leaders. The vision is to promote a world where the student can feel loved, safe and celebrated. This is accomplished by having the students run through exercises designed to challenge each student to push their own psychic and emotional boundaries. An example of an exercise—once trust is established between the participants—is for a student to stand up and say, “if you really knew me…” and then they reveal something about themselves.
A worldwide movement called “Be The Change” is a big part of Challenge Day; students join because they want to be the change they want to see in the world, echoing the famous quote from Gandhi.
A number of volunteers from Keys to Peace were at Challenge Day in 2014. See the Challenge Day website here: www.challengeday.org.
Challenge Day 2014
For 14 years, Be the Change has brought Challenge Day leaders to Monroe County. This year the program is to be hosted at Key West High School Monday, March 10; Marathon High School Tuesday, March 11; and Coral Shores High School Wednesday, March 12.
Marathon Challenge Day – Tuesday, March 11 at the Marathon High School Auditorium from 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Please RSVP to Katrina Wiatt via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coral Shores High School Challenge Day – Wednesday, March 12 at Coral Shores High School Performing Arts Center (PAC) 7:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Please RSVP with Nancy Lucas at 305-393-6413 or NancyLucas1234@gmail.com.
Be the Change provides this opportunity for caring, responsible adults to support each Challenge Day event in the Keys. To volunteer contact an area coordinator listed above with “Challenge Day” in the subject line. All volunteers must be registered through the Monroe County School District which the coordinator can guide volunteers through.
Be the Change of the Florida Keys, Inc is a grassroots non-profit organization. Our vision is a community where each child in Monroe County has the resources, skills and motivation to survive and thrive in school and in life. For more information about Be the Change of the Florida Keys, Inc. contact BtC Vice President Katrina Wiatt 305-393-3164 or visit http://bethechangeflkeys.com/ or the Be the Change Facebook page.
Challenge Day 2013
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Challenge Day 2013
This past year, on January 17, 2013 at Coral Shores High School, 7:45 AM – 2:30 PM, Challenge Day was held at Coral Shores High School.
Volunteers from Keys to Peace as well as many other organizations joined students for a day that most will not forget.
It was a day full of exercises and experiences designed to build connection and empathy, to test everybody, to reach even the shyest soul as we asked important questions of ourselves and each other, as we delved into the darkest depths, and truly connected—all of us: the staff, the volunteers, the students and the teachers.
Here is the national website: ChallengeDay.org.
Below are photos from that exciting day: