Transform the Student Experience

Well-Being, Engagement, and Belonging for All Students

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Challenge Success is a non-profit affiliated with the Stanford University Graduate School of Education. We partner with school communities to elevate student voice and implement research-based, equity-centered strategies that improve well-being, engagement, and belonging.

GROUNDED IN 19 YEARS OF RESEARCH AND EXPERIENCE PARTNERING WITH OVER 750 SCHOOLS
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THE PROBLEM

The well-being of our youth is on the line

Far too many students are struggling with their well-being and experience a lack of belonging and engagement with school. Our surveys with over 100,000 high school students reveal:

  • 90% are sleep deprived
  • 75% report exhaustion, difficulty sleeping, and headaches because of stress
  • 63% report workload is a major sources of stress
  • Nearly 50% put forth effort but rarely or never find school interesting or enjoyable 
  • Nearly 30% report that almost none of their homework is useful to their learning
  • Only 42% feel they can really be themselves at their schools
  • Only 40% feel like a part of the school community
i wish my teachers knew how stressed, tired, and overworked i am

THE SOLUTION

Transform educational systems to value each student for their unique identities, assets, and individual definitions of success

Students shouldn’t have to choose between doing well and being well.

Success is measured over the course of a lifetime, not at the end of a semester.”

At Challenge Success, we partner with school communities to implement research-based, equity-centered strategies that:

Change happens when we elevate student voices and work together. Listening to our youth has never been more important.

Real, lasting change requires the whole school community — educators, families, and students — to both identify challenges and drive solutions. Learn more or contact us.

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Schools

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Parents

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Students

The effect of society’s high expectations and pressures on my generation is scary. Kids are depressed, anxious, sleep deprived, and in some cases suicidal. Even kids with the best grades engage in this kind of unhealthy behavior. Get involved with Challenge Success so we can all fight for this change together.”

STUDENT

“Challenge Success acted as a breath of fresh air within our extremely narrowly focused school environment. The program helped to build in play time, downtime, and family time that every student needs in order to find the necessary balance.”

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT

Our school is finally moving forward in improving student health, wellbeing, and balance all because of Challenge Success. This could not have been accomplished without their support, resources, and hands-on coaching. We could not recommend them enough for all schools.”

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR