Break the Cycle is pleased to publish our 2007 Annual Report, documenting the year's accomplishments and milestones. Completing a new strategic plan in 2007, we identified and made strides towards accomplishing the six goals most important to furthering our mission:
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Break the Cycle has launched several initiatives to celebrate.
Through our campaign Speak.Act.Change, we are calling on high school students nationwide to secure their schools and their futures.
This month, we also published the graphic novel He Loves Me... He Loves Me Not/Me ama... no me ama, to help Latino teens learn more about dating violence and the resources available.
This year's Savor the Season was a huge success! The event raised more funds than ever before to support Break the Cycle’s life-saving work with youth.
Guests enjoyed food and beverages from some of Los Angeles’ top culinary talents and also sampled decadent chocolates, champagne, and much more!
We thank everyone who helped with or attended the event and look forward to seeing you at Savor the Season 2009!
-Published on September 22, 2008
Domestic violence is not a personal issue – it's a community problem. A recent study shows that if one student is experiencing domestic violence, test scores drop for the entire class. The study, commissioned by University of California - Irvine, showed the decrease occurs evenly, regardless of race or economic status.
Together, we can end this damaging phenomenon. Learn how you can get involved in the movement against domestic violence.
-Published on September 12, 2008
At 17, Kristen got a new boyfriend. Things were great, until he started getting violent at the end of 12th grade. After newly two years of cycling through his abusive behavior, Kristen decided to end their relationship. Little did she know, the worst was still to come.
Her long-term boyfriend shot at her and a friend, hitting one of them in the arm. He then held the gun to Kristen’s temple before killing himself. Rocked by the violence and her own feelings of guilt, Kristen took a long time to heal.
Break the Cycle was thrilled to attend Mary Kay’s annual sales-force conference in Dallas. We were greeted by hundreds of Independent Beauty Consultants and were impressed by their compassion, drive and style.
Nearly four years ago, I was promoted into the position of Executive Director at a time of challenging transition for Break the Cycle. During my tenure, we have achieved impressive accomplishments, embarked on major organizational restructuring, and clearly defined Break the Cycle's goals and strategic vision. And I am proud to say we have never strayed from our core mission and values.
After much consideration, I have determined the time has come for me to step down as Break the Cycle’s Executive Director.
As part of a global effort, Mary Kay is donating its profits from the Beauty that Counts™ campaign to change the lives of women and children.
Through the sale of Creme Lipstick in Apple Berry, Mary Kay is sponsoring Break the Cycle's groundbreaking Ending Violence DVD – an interactive domestic violence prevention tool especially designed to educate teens about building healthier, happier relationships.
-Published on May 13, 2008
Break the Cycle’s first online drive, the Brick Campaign, was a huge success! We surpassed our goal, selling out all available bricks. Break the Cycle is proud to unveil the community proclamation of those that stand with us against domestic violence. Each brick contains a personal message of support and hope.
See the bricks now!
On a rainy Saturday earlier this year, Break the Cycle spent the day with the dynamic Los Angeles Youth Leadership Council (LAYLC), presenting workshops on healthy relationships.
A flagship program of the Majestic Realty Foundation, LAYLC is a group of young leaders from throughout Los Angeles. Every year they participate in a weekend camp to hone their skills. Break the Cycle is honored to join in that tradition!