Challenge Denver was founded in 2007 by concerned parents and community members to address the urgent need for innovative and effective social emotional programming in Denver-metro area middle and high schools given the strong correlation between acquisition of social emotional skills and academic and life success.


Our strategic programming scope and sequence begins with a grade-wide Challenge Day. This 6.5 hour, high-energy learning experience builds trust between students and adult role models, allows space for students to share their life experiences and trauma, connects students to critical mental health resources, and builds long-term social emotional skills to ensure success in school and in life.


Our work with school partners continues throughout the year with a series of follow-up programs, including a student-led "Be the Change" leadership team, Social Emotional Learning Theory Overview for teachers, Restorative Justice Collaborative Series for staff and students, and Peer Mediation training.

Please see our “Programs” page for more details!