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.


We partner with the National Domestic Violence Hotline to provide the ultimate source of support to help young people prevent and end dating abuse -- 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.

National Youth Advisory Board

Through loveisrespect, Break the Cycle helps to inspire and be inspired by our National Youth Advisory Board (NYAB), comprised of 24 dedicated and energetic young people taking decisive actions to end dating abuse. These passionate members are committed to building and promoting a culture healthy relationships.


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). 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.