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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.

Anger begets more anger, and forgiveness and love lead to more forgiveness and love.



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

NJ High School Students



Newburgh Free Academy West

We're going back to Newburgh Free Academy West tomorrow, September 29. Randi Kelder and Pat & AnnMarie D'Aliso will speak to 120 High School Students about having a positive attitude in a negative world. This photo is from when Breaking the Cycle was there last, in April of 2019.


Valley Central High School

This photo is from the Breaking the Cycle assembly at Valley Central High School in Montgomery New York. On September 20, Pat & AnnMarie D'Aliso and Chief Charles Williams spoke to 600 freshmen and sophomores about strategies for reducing anxiety and stress, as well as conflict resolution.


Newburgh Free Academy North

Breaking the Cycle's Pat & AnnMarie D'Aliso and Randi Kelder told their stories to 250 ninth graders on Friday September 16 to kick off the new school year. Matteo Doddo, Co-Principal, organized this assembly on violence and drug issues facing the students.


Epic North High School

200 students from South Richmond Hill, New York, attended a Breaking the Cycle Assembly on June 2, featuring Pat & AnnMarie D'Aliso and Hashim Garrett. Our speakers addressed suicide prevention, conflict resolution and cyberbullying.


Catherine & Count Basie Middle School 72

Pat & AnnMarie D'Aliso, Patti Ann McDonald and Hashim Garrett spoke to 200 6-8th grade students in Jamaica, NY on Tuesday May 10.  They addressed problems the students are facing, such as fighting, bullying and teasing.

The presentation and testimonies were absolutely valuable to our students and staff. —Catherine Johnson, Educational Assistant