The Challenge Program Goal: Reinforce students' academic progress, pride in learning, pride in their heritage and communities, and to enhance each student's potential to graduate from high school, go to college and become active, contributing leaders of their local and global communities as thriving adults.
Challenge program is comprised of two core programming components:
- Challenge Achieve
- Challenge Elite
Challenge Achieve – is an innovative classroom‐based, education program designed to close the educational achievement gap. The program operates within the school's internal system. Program Advocates work closely with the school administration, teaching staff, counselors and social workers to maximize opportunities and academic achievement of students who have been identified as having one, if not all of the following problems: behavioral, academic and/or truancy. The goal is to reinforce students' academic progress, pride in learning, pride in their heritage and communities. It also enhances each student's potential to graduate from high school, and further their education either through college or a trade school so they become active and contributing members in their respective communities. The program serves as a bridge that advocates on behalf of parents/guardians, as well as training them on how to become advocates for their child(ren). It involves the parents/guardians in the students achievement which then promotes positive parent/teacher relationships. The program includes tutoring, reading, writing, cultural awareness, arts, health and nutrition, and "Circle" which teaches youth conflict resolution skills through teamwork and leadership activities.
Challenge Elite – is a program for youth who have achieved certain goals within the Lifestyles FIT and Challenge Achieve and are ready to become peer leaders within the organization and their community. Youth have the opportunity to put to use the leadership skills they have developed within the other programs by being peer mentors to new youth participants. They assist the staff and volunteers on special projects, represent their peers on the Circle of Discipline Board of Directors and attend community/neighborhood meetings regarding youth issues. Many have become spoke-persons for the Circle of Discipline at various events, traveled to national conferences and assisted the Team Manager with the Amateur Boxing team at local, regional and national tournaments. There is additional training provided to advance their leadership development through various workshops and retreats.