CHAMPIONS OF FORGIVENESS
Rich & Yvonne St. John Dutra
Challenge Day is a revolutionary middle and high school program that breaks the barriers of bullying, teasing, prejudice, isolation and loneliness experienced by so many students today. With a shared vision that every child could someday live in a world where they feel safe, loved and celebrated, Rich and Yvonne St. John-Dutra combined their collective passion and experience to co-found the Challenge Day Program in 1987.
Their work has now positively affected the lives of hundreds of thousands of youth and adults in 28 different states and 2 Canadian provinces. Working for over 24 years with teens and adults in a variety of settings, they have been instrumental in designing and implementing over 17 different nationally recognized prevention and intervention programs for teenagers. Their work has been chronicled in the New York Times best seller, Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul, and in the Emmy award-winning documentary, Teen Files: Surviving High School.
HEROES of Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Peace
The designation of "Hero of Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Peace" is bestowed upon those who have courageously and dramatically stepped forward to demonstrate and exemplify the concept of forgiveness, reconciliation and peace.
These are not necessarily famous people. They are often ordinary people who have chosen to express profound and genuine forgiveness in their personal lives. These people have experienced a transformation as a result of their act or acts of forgiveness and demonstrate how this change continues to manifest over time. Their stories can inspire and motivate ordinary people to act in a similar manner.
CHAMPIONS of Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Peace
The "Champions of Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Peace" designation is bestowed upon those whose professional work inspires and leads the way by defining, applying and spreading the concept of forgiveness reconciliation and peace.