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Breaking the Cycle of Violence

Through Forgiveness

Breaking the Cycle presents award-winning assemblies that feature personal stories of overcoming conflict through forgiveness. Our assemblies, whether in-person or live online, support your schools' social-emotional learning goals – and can come at no cost to your school, although donations are welcome. Our speakers present examples of core competencies such as  social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision making from their own lives, which readily elicit discussion opportunities in the classroom.

For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver.  

—Martin Luther King Jr.


Social-emotional learning

A panel of dynamic speakers present solutions to:

  • Counteract school violence, bullying and racism
  • Recognize depression and suicide
  • Promote self-respect and respect for others

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What is Breaking the Cycle?

Let our speakers help your students develop the foundational emotional skills needed to resolve conflict and build healthy relationships in today's challenging social environment.


How We Got Started

Colleen McVey of CFN Live interviews Heinrich Arnold, son of the founder of Breaking the Cycle, who speaks of his father's legacy.

Responses from

Paterson NJ School #8



Paterson NJ School #8

On May 23, Breaking the Cycle held an assembly for 250 5th-8th grade students at Paterson NJ School #8. Pat & AnnMarie D'Aliso and Hashim Garrett addressed solutions for coping with bullying, gang violence and addictions.

I could tell by the silence that the message from all parties had a strong impact on both staff and students. There were many silent connections made during the speech. The experiences shared by the speakers reflect the times we live in and the challenges many of us are facing.  —Bill Lami, Teacher


Paterson NJ School #13

May 17 Breaking the Cycle was at School #13 in Paterson NJ, speaking to 210 5th-8th grade students. Hashim Garrett and  AnnMarie D'Aliso discussed mental health, depression, and suicide prevention.


Academy of Medical Technology

Breaking the Cycle was at the Academy of Medical Technology in Queens NY on May 11, holding an assembly for 300 6th-8th grade students. AMT is a combined middle and high school that focuses on preparing students for careers in the health field. What an opportunity to express that forgiveness is a step on the way to health, both physical and mental.


Ellenville High School

On April 26 Breaking the Cycle was in Ellenville NY, presenting two assemblies, one for the 10 -12th grades, and one for the 7th - 9th grades. Pat & AnnMarie D'Aliso spoke on suicide prevention, and Chief Charlie Williams told his story of being bullied in school, and how to take steps to recovery.


Marlboro NY High School

Breaking the Cycle was at Marlboro High School on Wednesday April 12. We have done five assemblies in Marlboro over the years. Here's a picture of AnnMarie D'Aliso and Hashim Garrett interacting with students after the 2015 assembly. AnnMarie and her husband Pat as well as Hashim spoke to the students this year.

"There's nothing more compelling than hearing people's direct experiences." —Ulster County Executive Jen Metzger