Breaking the Cycle

Rating: 5 stars   12 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth

Location: 1631 4TH St Nw Washington DC 20001 USA

Mission: The mission of Breaking the Cycle is to encourage, support, and provide opportunities for youth to positively develop and "break the cycle" of events that have occurred in their lives.
Results: http://breakingthecycledc.org/aboutus/oursuccess.html
Target demographics: DC youth
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

being involved at the highest level

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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

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

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

open it to kids all over the country.

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

Breaking the cycle is a great organization that gets really involved in the community. BTC has made a great impact on the community by holding different functions like award shows, basketball games with the community and many more fun events that help promote youth awareness. Breaking the Cycle has opened my mind up to the community and makes me feel like I am really giving back to all the youth growing up in the community.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

How we give back to the community and in a fun way. We promote so many things that leave a big impact on some of the youth we talk to every day. As a college student I encourage that we promote the college opportunity as much as we can.

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

If this organization had 10 million dollars. We would be able to touch a lot more youth and encourage and give them hope about the future. We would have more resources to fund many of the community projects like a youth book drive that promotes reading

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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