Youth Leadership & Education

Break the Cycle inspires and support young people in speaking out about dating violence in their schools and communities through service-learning. We implore all those involved in education to turn their schools into safe environments that protect students and offer confidential avenues for them to speak out about abuse in their lives. 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.


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, online and via phone and text.

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.

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 teaches a comprehensive curriculum to prevent dating abuse. Teens, parents, teachers and health care workers 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.

Love is Not Abuse

Break the Cycle is the force behind Love is Not Abuse. Love is Not Abuse was originally founded by the amazing Fifth and Pacific (formerly Liz Claiborne). We offer two free curriculum, one focused on high school and the other college students. This literature based curriculum 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 comprehensive 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. Find out how you could become a Peer Educator.


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.