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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. 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.

He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself; for every man has need to be forgiven.
— Thomas Fuller


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
Port Jervis Middle School


Cornwall Central High School

On Tuesday October 12th Breaking the Cycle came to Cornwall Central High School in New Windsor NY. Pat & AnnMarie D'Aliso and Charles Williams spoke to 525 11th and 12th grade students on Coping/Resiliency.


Port Jervis Middle School

On September 28th, 2021, Pat and Annemarie D'Aliso and Randi Kelder spoke on suicide prevention, bullying and drug abuse to 200 8th grade students at Port Jervis Middle School, Port Jervis NY.

"I thought the assembly was very powerful and informative,  I feel as though a lot of students were moved by the speeches and maybe re-thought some life choices that they had made and changed how they will do things or word things in the future."

—Middle School Student, Port Jervis, NY


Fr. Mychal Judge 911 Memorial Walk

On September 5, 2021, Breaking the Cycle participated in the annual Father Mychal Judge Walk of Remembrance that honors the memory of those who made the Supreme Sacrifice on that day nearly 20 years ago. Fr. Chris Keenan read the prayer that Fr Mychal used the day before he died.


SNYP JOA Conference

Breaking the Cycle presented on Wednesday, September 1st at the 2021 State of New York Police Juvenile Officers and School Resource Officers Training Conference,  Fort William Henry Conference Center, Lake George, NY. The SNYP JOA is a training and advocacy organization comprised primarily of police officers and other professionals specialized in the field of juvenile justice and prevention.

"In my 16 years in law enforcement, I have never attended such a moving training. The stories and the personal forgiveness each speaker had to go through to move on in their life moved me beyond words. It even helped me personally in forgiving and living life without carrying that burden."  — Officer Phil Brooks, Fallsburg Jr/Sr High School