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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 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.

A day in which I have not said to someone “I love you,” or “thank you,” or “forgive me” is a lost day.

—Alice von Hildebrand
(11 March 1923 – 14 January 2022)


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.


A Gym Teacher's Response

After watching a Breaking the Cycle assembly on forgiveness, this teacher says it impacted students like few other presentations.

Responses from Elizabeth NJ High Schools

—Streamed January 11, 2022


Elizabeth NJ High Schools

On Tuesday January 11, 2022,  Pat & AnnMarie D'Aliso told 2500 High School students about their son Pat's suicide in an online assembly for 3 Schools in Elizabeth NJ. Our speakers addressed being kind to one another, self-respect, respecting others, mental health awareness, and bullying.

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NYPD Appreciation

On Monday December 13 Breaking the Cycle delivered Christmas cookies to every floor of #onepoliceplaza of the #NYPD.  We met many grateful officers, thanked them for what they do and had brief chats about our work and plans for the new year.


Elizabeth NJ Middle Schools

On Tuesday December 7th Pat & AnnMarie D'Aliso and Charles Williams spoke to 3850 6th to 8th grade students in an online assembly for 19 Elizabeth New Jersey Middle Schools. During the assembly 134 questions from students came in for our speakers signaling the student's interest and engagement.


Valley Central Middle School

Pat & AnneMarie D'Aliso and Randi Kelder spoke to 150 6-8th grade students in the cafetorium at Valley Central Middle School in Montgomery, NY, Tuesday, November 30th, and another 830 students watched the assembly online.

"Thank you so much for coordinating such a wonderful opportunity for our students.  It was a terrific experience and I was so proud of how well our students responded to the speakers.  We truly appreciate all of you and the work that you do for the community." — Alicia Gannello, Assistant Principal


Fostering Forgiveness

Hashim Garret was the third in the BTC series of talks at St. Mary & St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church of Manhattan November 8, at 7:30. After a short intro he spoke to the 70-80 young adults and answered questions until 9:30pm.  He stressed that forgiveness was for himself for peace and freeing, is a journey and needs to be done over and over.  

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