Challenge Day (www.challengeday.org) was founded in 1987 by Yvonne and Rich Dutra-St. John, who were motivated by memories of their own experiences of being teased and bullied in school. He is a former teacher, licensed family therapist and youth drug intervention counselor. She has helped to design and implement over 17 different nationally recognized prevention and intervention programs for teenagers.
From its headquarters in Concord, CA, last year the program saw 705 Challenge Days in 390 schools in the US, Sweden, Canada, The Netherlands and Belgium. Since its inception, Challenge Day has reached more than 1.5 million teens across the world and received numerous awards for this life changing work.
The other members of the local CD steering committee are: Dick Chady, an experienced journalist and public relations professional; Tych Cowdin, a student support specialist at Chatham Middle School in Siler City; Alice Gold, a former secondary school teacher; Charlotte Leidy, a retired Navy officer now volunteering; and Diane Price, a longtime IT manager.