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April 19, 2011

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April 19, 2011

Breaking the Cycle has helped countless youth throughout the District of Columbia. This program has served as integral resource to many DC youth from college prep programs to college fee waivers the Breaking the Cycle team is awesome and is willing to help any youth willing to further their education.

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I have seen a number of students successfully complete programs through Breaking the Cycle. Students who receive the resources provided from BTC seem more prepared.

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I would add more staff because there are an overwhelming amount of youth who Breaking the Cycle serves in the District.

April 14, 2011

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April 14, 2011

Breaking the Cycle was founded by a bright group of students and a motivated, caring, proactive young professional who all knew that DC teens had so much to offer the world, but needed the right resources, mentors, opportunities, and support to make that happen. They have worked tirelessy since then to make a difference in each and every life that they touch. This is an innovative, positive, and life-changing group, led by a dedicated public health and educational professional, that is changing lives left and right!

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Getting to know many of the youth who go through the program and seeing the positive changes in their lives as a result of this program.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would help them find more sustainable funding to expand and help even more youth.

April 13, 2011

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April 13, 2011

Breaking the Cycle is an amazing organization that effectively addresses the needs of DC youth. Since it is run by youth the program is able to provide the necessary resources, support, and motivation to foster DC youth both academically and socially. I have already seen so many successes through Breaking the Cycle and look forward to seeing its growth in the future.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Getting to know the youth who have been involved in Breaking the Cycle and seeing their success in education and in their community.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Promote this organization throughout the greater community so more students will realize the resources available.

April 13, 2011

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April 13, 2011

BTC was formed by four friends, myself and our mentor Nisha Sachdev. We were all juniors and seniors in high school seeking further assistance to help with our post secondary education. We decided to come up with a program that will help youth, like us, to get the motivation, skills, and tools needed to better ourselves for the life after high school. We came up with the name Breaking the Cycle and the goal is to encourage, support, and provide opportunities for youth to positively develop and "break the cycle" of events that have occurred in their lives. Thanks to BTC, I am now a college graduate and seeking to help and motivate the next youth in need.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being involved at the highest level

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

include programs within BTC where youth can come to express themselves, through music, arts, and other creative outlets.

April 13, 2011

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April 13, 2011

I find that Breaking the Cycle provides a unique opportunity for students and mentors to engage in positive and motivating experiences.

Beyond basic tutoring, BTC inspires at risk youth to explore higher education and career opportunities in a supportive and caring environment.


Over the past two years, I've witnessed students within the organization excel by being the first in their families to graduate high school/college and receive jobs. Most importantly, I've seen senior members of the organization act as leaders and role models to further promote positive decision making among youth.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Witnessing youth members actively make positive decisions such as attend summer school, apply to colleges and volunteer in their communities.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand the organization's reach and apply successful strategies to other areas with at risk youth such as New York City.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Introduced me to new friends and made me want to spend more time volunteering.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Motivates me to help others.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

April 13, 2011

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April 13, 2011

Breaking the Cycle has provided invaluable support to the youth of DC who need it the most. Its wonderful leaders inspire the community to take action in order to make a better futures possible for at risk youth. This organization is dedicated to fostering positive development, and is truly "breaking the cycle".

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Washington DC

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

get more people involved!

April 12, 2011

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April 12, 2011

Breaking the Cycle has provided me with a unique perspective into the challenges faced by many DC school children. The experience has helped me grow as a person and allowed me to profoundly affect the kids we tutored. The program is well run and makes the experience fun.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The academic growth of the children.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have more events geared for the volunteers.

April 12, 2011

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April 12, 2011

Breaking the Cycle is a great program. The staff are a great group of people and always willing to help. BTC host events in local neighborhoods to get more children involved. I love this organization and every thing that is it stands for which is, helping children and teen's through unification of their communities

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In the upward bound program where many of the students that are involved in breaking the cycle are encouraged to sign up for when they enter high school

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would have more events to get more children and teens involved.

April 12, 2011

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April 12, 2011

I started out teaching Spanish in the Upward Bound program at the George Washington University Medical Center. Convinced that youth lack the knowledge of the opportunities available to them, I took on the task of mentoring the senior students through their senior year. By the end of the school year, the five seniors successfully applied and enrolled in universities throughout the country. The initial success showed that once the necessary services and opportunities were made readily available to the students, they took full advantage of them and re-directed their paths to ensure positive outcomes with their lives. Most surprising—and rewarding—was the fact that the students whose lives had indeed changed wanted to share their positive experiences with other students to help them secure their futures as well.

In 2005, the five students and I formed “Breaking the Cycle,” an organization which engages these “mentored” students, as well as other high school students, to make and follow positive decisions in. It was amazing to see these youth take on leadership roles in the community . Breaking the Cycle has since been established as a non-profit organization and has helped over 100 youth.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the kids.... http://breakingthecycledc.org/aboutus/oursuccess.html

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

open it to kids all over the country.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

September 29, 2009

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September 29, 2009

Breaking the Cycle has worked with several of the students from my school. Without exception they have made a significant difference in the lives of our children.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the lives of children and adolescents in inner-city Washington, DC. I believe they could change the destructive aspects of the inner-city culture that prevail in DC.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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