• Home
  • About
  • Contact Us


Schedule an Assembly

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.

“Observe good faith and justice towards all nations; cultivate peace and harmony with all.”

—George Washington, Farewell Address


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

Schedule an Assembly


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

November 2023



Salesian High School

On Friday, March 1st, Pat & AnnMarie D'Aliso and Patti Ann McDonald will speak to 350 9th - 12th grade boys about handling stress and depression.  Non-violent conflict resolution and suicide awareness will be key to overcoming youth challenges.


Tilden Educational Campus

Tilden Educational Campus in Brooklyn NY hosted Breaking the Cycle on February 14. Sergio Argueta and Isa Islam spoke about non-violent conflict resolution and making the right choices to 800 9-12 grade students.

God gave me a front row seat to a reality show. Life looks like a party but when you go to the home of loved ones who are gone you realize it's not...it's reality. The decisions you make every day impact yourselves and the unborn yet to come. Love yourself and care for yourself. You are valuable. —Sergio Argueta


S S Seward Institute

Breaking the Cycle kicked off the new year with an assembly at the S S Seward Institute in Florida, NY on January 11. Hashim Garrett and Chief Williams spoke to 400 6th-12th grade students. This photo of Hashim interacting with students is from the last time we were at Seward in 2016.


Chester Academy

On November 29 Breaking the Cycle was at Chester Academy in Chester, NY. Pat & AnnMarie D'Aliso and Randi Kelder spoke to 400 9-12 grade students.  The students were quiet and respectful as the speakers told their stories.


Birdlebough High School

On November 21 Breaking the Cycle was at the John C Birdlebough High School in Phoenix, NY, waaaay up near Syracuse. Sergio Argueta and Chief Williams addressed 500 9-12 grade students regarding interpersonal relationships and conflict resolution.