Breaking the Cycle's main goals are to:

  • Counteract youth violence
  • Address bullying, peer pressure and racism
  • Promote self-respect and respect for others
  • Build links between educators, parents, students and law enforcement

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Since 1999, Breaking the Cycle has brought a message of Nonviolent Conflict Resolution through Forgiveness to hundreds of thousands of students across the United States and abroad.

Breaking the Cycle's approach is simple: Our speakers tell personal stories of life experiences that demonstrate the positive effects of choosing forgiveness in the face of conflict. Their message emphasizes self-respect and the unique value of each individual. If time allows, the presentation ends with a Q&A session and an opportunity for students and staff to speak with the presenters.

Provided free of charge, books on over-coming fear and prejudice, nurturing forgiveness, and related themes are offered to participating students at their request. More than 400,000 copies have been distributed to date. See our resources page for teaching materials.

Breaking the Cycle fulfills requirements placed on New York schools by the state’s S.A.V.E. legislation to instruct the entire student body in nonviolent conflict resolution. And recently, our speakers received the Pride of Ulster Award, the highest honor bestowed by that county.