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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.

“Forgiving someone is not excusing their actions, it’s freeing yourself from the burden of anger and resentment.”

—Yasmin Mogahed


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

March 1, 2024

Salesian High School


Eldred Jr Sr High School

On April 11 we were in Eldred NY, at Eldred Junior Senior High School. Chief Williams, Hashim Garrett, and Jim Whittel told their stories to the students.

"I found myself being angry at the world and not caring about myself. I was in a dark space. You are in an environment where people care about you. Don't keep things bottled up like I did." —Hashim Garrett


Kingston High School

Breaking the Cycle presented an assembly at Kingston High School on April 9, 2024. Sergio Argueta and Randi Keldar told 400 10th grade students their stories, and shared coping strategies for student conflicts.

I watched my parents suffer. When people struggle with these things they don't know how how they got in or how to get out. He did rehab but never really recovered. We all have to go through something...You can't run away from your problems. —Randi Kelder


Union Hill Middle School

Breaking the Cycle was at Union City NJ on Tuesday, March 26th. Pat & AnnMarie D'Aliso and Sergio Argueta discussed solutions for youth conflicts, mental health awareness, and suicide prevention.


PS 346 Abe Stark School

March 22, we were at PS 346 Abe Stark School in Brooklyn. Isa Islam and Sergio Argueta spoke with 250 4th-5th grade students.

"The breakdown of family is serious but everything you put your mind to, you can achieve. Do not forget how absolutely incredible you are. Some of you will be running this building. We are all destined for greatness. It's our community and if you don't take care of it who will?" —Sergio Argueta


Nutley High School

Wednesday March 20, Breaking the Cycle was at Nutley High School in Nutley, NJ. Pat & AnnMarie D'Aliso told the story of their son's suicide at age sixteen, and talked about suicide awareness and prevention. Charlie Williams, former Chief of Police of Cornwall-on-Hudson, recounted how he freed himself from the depression and social issues that resulted from his childhood raised by an alcoholic mother.

There were two assemblies, the first for 600 9-10th grade students, and the second for 600 11-12th grade students.