Breaking The Cycle

=Breaking The Cycle=

Non-Violent Conflict Resolution Through Forgiveness

Background

Breaking The Cycle is a program that was started in 1999, in the wake of the 1999 Columbine High School massacre. Teaching proactive prevention, the assembly program stresses honest communication and forgiveness as a better way of resolving conflicts. Using real-life experiences, rather than theories, Breaking the Cycle assemblies feature several internationally known advocates for peace and reconciliation.

The assemblies are presented to tens of thousands of teens each year, and in 2008 a chapter was started in the UK featuring speakers from the USA and England. It bolsters the efforts of principals, teachers, and law enforcement, to counteract the trends of school violence by addressing its most common roots: bullying, peer pressure, gossip, racism, and other forms of intolerance. By addressing these problematic roots of school violence, assemblies organized by Breaking the Cycle generate self-respect and respect for others – both keys to school safety – and strengthen positive links between [http://www.breakingthecycle.com/schools?theme=btc_school school employees] , parents, [http://www.breakingthecycle.com/students?theme=btc_student students] and local [http://www.breakingthecycle.com/law-enforcement-participation law enforcement] officers.

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Other

As part of the program, free books on over-coming fear and prejudice, nurturing forgiveness, and related themes are offered to participating students at their request. More than 150,000 copies have been distributed to date.

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ources

* [http://www.churchcommunities.com/ Church Communities International]
* [http://www.breakingthecycle.com Breaking The Cycle]
* [http://www.myspace.com/strongyouth S.T.R.O.N.G YOUTH]

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External Links

* [http://www.breakingthecycle.com Breaking The Cycle]
* [http://www.plough.com Plough Books]


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