Yvonne Dutra-St. John


Yvonne Dutra-St. John is a co-founder of Challenge Day. Working with teens and adults, for over 26 years in a variety of settings, Yvonne has been instrumental in designing and implementing over 17 different nationally recognized prevention and intervention programs for teenagers.

Yvonne’s earliest experiences varied from doing classroom presentations and school assemblies, to media programs on gender roles and eating disorders. She later focused her attention on working with at risk youth, addiction and social oppression issues.

A gifted speaker, program designer, trainer, and educator, Yvonne has received many honors and won numerous awards for her work with teens and families. In 2003, Yvonne was selected to receive the Contra Costa County Woman of The Year Award. In August 2005, Yvonne and her husband, Rich, were recognized as “Champions of Forgiveness” by the World Wide Forgiveness Alliance.

As parents of four daughters, Yvonne and Rich co-founded the award winning Challenge Day Program in 1987. In addition to leading Challenge Day Programs, Challenger Trainings, Mentorship Programs, Next Step and Living the Change Community Workshops, Yvonne is currently serving as a Challenge Day Leader and a lifetime Board member.