Please sign up to join us Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, January 9, 10 or 11 for this important one-day workshop that promotes compassion, communication and community building among the Class of 2022. It’s a great way for parents of all students to get involved at M-A. This one-day commitment helps our teens break down barriers and create new levels of empathy and respect. It’s a phenomenal experience for the students and for the volunteers, and we are very lucky to offer it at M-A. Come participate in one of the most meaningful volunteer opportunities of the year.

We especially need small group facilitators, from 8:15 am – 3:30 pm. We will need almost 200 adult volunteers, who are critical to the success of this program. You do not need ANY experience to be a small group facilitator. Please consider signing up!

To volunteer, pick the day you prefer and e-mail Sarah Eisner at Please put “Challenge Day Volunteer” in the subject line. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of our students!

What is Challenge Day?

Since 2004 the M-A PTA has sponsored Challenge Day by providing financial support and parent volunteers. The hope for the freshman class day-long event is that the students will not only have bonded as a class, but also that stereotypes will be broken down and common ground established amid diversity, inspiring students to live, study and work in an environment of compassion, acceptance and respect.

The Challenge Day programs have touched the lives of close to a half- million teens and adults nationwide since 1987. In fact, the Challenge Day program was featured on the Oprah show in 2007, in the book Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul, and in the incredible Emmy Award-winning documentary “Teen Files: Surviving High School”. 


Challenge Day is a powerful, high-energy program in which youth and adult participants are guided through a series of experiential learning activities. 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 Challenge Day programs are designed to unite the members of the school and to empower them to carry the themes of the program back to the greater school population. For further information on Challenge Day, visit the Challenge Day web site. 

Freshman Challenge Day Committee Co-Chairs: