School programs that inspire change

January 18, 2008 6:35:52 PM PST
Help your child feel safe, loved, and secure. How you can help every child feel safe, loved, and celebrated.

"Challenge Day" leaders Christopher Foster and Sela Gaglia cave us some information on this fun-filled event. Learn what "Challenge Day" is all about.

"Challenge Day" Fundraiser
Date: March 8th
Where: Westin Saint Francis Hotel, San Francisco
Web site:


  • Respect the new partner.
  • Wait to tell the children until the relationship is serious.

About Christopher Foster:
Christopher Foster was born and raised in Southern California, and moved to the Bay Area to attend UC Berkeley. After 3 years of study he received a Bachelors of Arts degree in Mass Communications. Since then, Chris has worked as a video editor for a Bay Area television station.

His spirit, heart, and passion for people is displayed in his work with his church in Berkeley where he serves as Youth Pastor. It is here where Chris implements innovative and creative programming that is designed to reach and impact everyone. He is currently pursuing his Masters Degree at Fuller Theological Seminary. 2006 has been a year filled with heartbreak and devastation. In the midst of this pain, Challenge Day has been vital in my internal development and fortification, proving that my life has been destined to collide with Challenge Day.

About Sela Gaglia:
After receiving her BA in English Sela Gaglia taught English and Social Work at San Diego State University while working on her Masters of Fine Arts.

Spurred by the rash of school shootings in the late 90's, as well as the birth of her first child, Sela left teaching to work for the critically acclaimed program Challenge Day. She has been leading programs and speaking on behalf of Challenge Day since 1999. During her time with the organization they have been featured in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, the subject of an Emmy Award winning documentary and the Oprah Winfrey Show.

Besides being a senior leader for the organization, Sela serves as Director of Circles of Change, currently supporting 35 locally based groups across the US, Canada and the Netherlands to strategically create communities where every child feels safe, loved and celebrated. She is also a core member of Challenge Day's Leader Training Program.

Sela is the mother of three sons. She lives with her family in Emeryville, California.