Education & Outreach

We believe education is key to preventing domestic and dating violence. Our comprehensive programs provide schools and youth agencies with the tools they need to help young people: 

  • Define healthy, unhealthy and abusive behaviors.
  • Maintain healthy relationships.
  • Learn about their legal rights.
  • Report abuse.

Add policy improvements to your prevention programming  and you’ll have a comprehensive response to dating abuse that encourages students to stay safe and report abuse. It’ll improve school climate, attendance and academic achievement!

Activating Youth Leadership

Young people speaking out on their own behalf is critical to long-term reduction in violence. Our Speak.Act.Change Youth Advocacy Kit and the 2013 Start Talking curriculum give young people the tools to directly change their schools and communities. We also mentor the Loveisrespect National Youth Advisory Board, 24 young people from around the country uniting to promote healthy relationships. These programs are:

  • Service-learning based.
  • Focused on digital abuse, pop culture and media literacy.
  • Flexible in the level of youth engagement.
  • Directly impacting protective factors and developmental assets.

Public Campaigns

Break the Cycle is committed to raising awareness in every home, school, youth group, gym, mall and college campus. Currently, we sponsor the following campaigns:

  • The hub for all things related February’s awareness month.
  • Hear My Voice: The only national education campaign for LGBTQ youth.
  • Start Talking: Our new four-state campaign with Blue Cross Blue Shield.

In-person Education

In support of our home bases in Los Angeles and the District of Columbia, Break the Cycle works with schools and youth organizations to implement classroom presentations, assemblies and youth leadership trainings.

We’re also available to provide training to large youth organizations, leadership conferences and youth summits. In past years, we’ve worked with the Girl Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs, City Year, Youth Service America and the National Association of Student Councils.