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ChallengeU’s Mission

To offer personalized support services to vulnerable youth, enabling them to change their life trajectory.

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ChallengeU’s Purpose

To provide high school dropout recovery in partnership with public school systems.

We Believe That Every Student Deserves to Have a Bright Future!

ChallengeU has developed a dropout recovery program in partnership with school systems to identify, re-enroll, and graduate students who had previously dropped out of high school. We believe that every student deserves a second chance. We believe that education is important. We believe that every student should be able to pursue a promising career and life full of opportunities.

We realize that each school system does its best to guide its students towards graduation. Unfortunately, due to a variety of life circumstances, some students drop out of school before graduating.

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Our Story

ChallengeU USA was created in 2018 as a dropout recovery program. We were truly inspired by the success of our Canadian operation, which has re-enrolled more than 24,000 dropouts in school systems in Canada since 2016.

We achieved these amazing results after launching a massive “Get Back to School” cross-channel campaign aimed at high school dropouts. The shining star of our campaign was the UFC fighting legend Georges St-Pierre, who challenged former NHL celebrity Steve Bégin to go back to school and earn his high school diploma with the ChallengeU program.

Failure is not an option

-Steve Bégin

The media followed Steve through his school recovery for one year until he graduated through ChallengeU. He received his diploma from the Commissioner of Education and was celebrated at an NHL game in front of 21,000 fans.

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News report CBC news by Stu Cowan about
Steve Bégin's graduation with ChallengeU

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In 2018, we adapted the Canadian ChallengeU program to be the most effective dropout recovery solution in the United States. Thanks to the trust and leadership of Dr. Marcus Newsome, Superintendent in Virginia, ChallengeU was able to launch a pilot project in the Petersburg School Division in 2018‒2019. Our project was a resounding success, with over 85% of students graduating in the first cohort.

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News report by CBS 6, Vernon Freeman
Jr. Shelby Brown about ChallengeU success

Leadership Team

With a total of over 85 years of combined experience, ChallengeU’s leadership team will support school systems and students through our proven dropout recovery program to change the life trajectory of vulnerable youth.

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Nicolas P. Arsenault

CEO and Philanthropist

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Mark J. Pasier

Senior Executive

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Joël Chartier

CTO

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Nadia Khelili

Finance Director

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Martin Geissmann

Director of Student Admissions

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Marie-Pier Fournier

Student Experience Analyst

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Elizabeth Garrison

Hawaii Partnership Manager

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Bria Jacobs

Lead Graduation Coach

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LaFon W. Pleasants

Administrative Assistant/HR Coordinator