Thanks to a grant from the Nevada Department of Education, Mineral County High School will hold a Challenge Day on Thursday, June 1. Challenge Days are powerful, high-energy programs in which youth and adult participants are guided through a series of experiential learning processes. The overall goals of the program are to increase personal power and self-esteem, to shift dangerous peer pressure to positive peer support and to eliminate the acceptability of teasing, violence and all forms of oppression.

The last Challenge Day held in Mineral County was in 2009 and students still recall it as one of the best days of their lives. The Challenge Day program is designed to unite the members of the school/community and to empower them to carry the themes of the program back to the school population. Challenge Days also successfully addresses issues of violence; teasing; social oppression; racism; harassment; conflict management; suicide; peer pressure; alcohol and drugs.

The program welcomes parents/guardians, teachers, administrators, police officers, elected officials, community members and any other interested adults. This allows youth to see another side of these adults in addition to their assigned community roles. Please notify the School Coordinator Kathy Trujillo if you know of any adults who would like to be a part of the Challenge Day program or if you would like to participate yourself. Adult participants are crucial to the success of the day.

A meeting with all adults will be held for at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the program to let them know what is needed and to answer your questions. No prior training is necessary other than the morning check-in meeting.

The Challenge Day staff closely monitors the program and the program Leaders will give all instructions throughout the day. You must be able to remain on site and participate fully for the entire program, including 30 minutes after the program at the end of the day for a post-Challenge Day debriefing.

Please contact Kathy Trujillo, Safe Schools Professional at Hawthorne Junior High School/Mineral County High School at 945-3332 extension 16 or Jeri Lopez at 945-5410 to volunteer or if you have any questions. They hope you will be able to join them for this wonderful experience.