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.
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!
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.
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 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.
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".
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.
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
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.
Review from Guidestar
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.