Youth Leadership & Education

Youth Leadership

Break the Cycle motivates and supports young people to speak out about dating violence in their schools and communities. We also encourage everyone who works with young adults and teens to create safe environments that protect students and youth out of school.

Let's Be Real 

A movement by young people for young people about relationships, Let's Be Real is a nationwide online and offline movement that starts the conversations about relationships. We focus on REAL, honest, conversations that are led by young people through in-person disscussions, blogging, social media, and events. If you are under 24 years old, join here


Our comprehensive programs provide schools, youth organizations, and agencies with the resources necessary to help young people navigate healthy, unhealthy and abusive relationship behaviors, as well as educate them on their legal rights.

Start Talking

Launched in 2012 thanks to Blue Shield Blue Cross, the Start Talking campaign began as a four-state initiative in Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas that taught a comprehensive curriculum to prevent dating abuse. The program has now gone national! Teens, parents, teachers and health care workers can receive tools and resources they need to promote healthy relationships, learn the signs of unhealthy relationships and find out what to do if they or someone they know experience dating violence. To learn more about bringing the program to your school or community, please contact us at

Love is Not Abuse

Break the Cycle is the force behind Love is Not Abuse, which was originally founded by the amazing Fifth and Pacific (formerly Liz Claiborne, currently Kate Spade & Company.). We offer two free curricula, one focused on high school and the other on college students. This literature based program can be used by English teachers to help educate their students on dating abuse.

Respect WORKS!

Our national, best-practices school program uses a four-step model approach to end dating violence in schools. In partnership with Hazelden Publishing, this innovative and all-inclusive plan encourages improving policy and engaging peer leaders.

Peer Education

Our Peer Education program trains volunteers to conduct classroom presentations using our curriculum on dating violence and healthy relationships to young people ages 12 to 24 in Los Angeles County and the metro Washington D.C. area. Find out how you could become a Peer Educator. Contact if you would like to apply.


We provide a wide range of resources for students and educators alike to give young people the tools to directly change their schools and communities, including handouts, posters, palm cards and beyond, like our Love Is Not Abuse curricula for high school and college students.


We are a preferred partner of the National Domestic Violence Hotline and loveisrespect. Through this program, help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, onlinevia phone at 1-866-331-9474 and text by texting "loveis" to 22522.