Breaking the Cycle is a non-profit founded in 2005 by four DC high school students and an adult advisor to provide DC youth opportunities that help students discover the skills of dedication, leadership, and motivation.
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.
Youth today face many problems and Breaking the Cycle is here to support and provide opportunities to alleviate them. Did you know:
Almost 13 million children in America live in poverty - 5.5 million in extreme poverty - 4.2 million children under the age of five live in poverty.
35.3 percent of black children, 28.0 percent of Latino children and 10.8 percent of white, non-Latino children live in poverty.
Only 11 percent of black, 15 percent of Latino and 41 percent of white eighth graders perform at grade level in math.
Each year 800,000 children spend time in foster care.
On any given night, 200,000 children are homeless - one out every four of the homeless population.
Every 36 seconds a child is abused or neglected - almost 900,000 children each year.
Black males ages 15-19 are about eight times as likely as white males to be gun homicide victims.
Although they represent 39 percent of the US juvenile population, minority youth represent 60 percent of committed juveniles.
A black boy born in 2001 has a 1 in 3 chance of going to prison in his lifetime; a Latino boy has a 1 in 6 chance.
Black juveniles are about four times as likely as their white peers to be incarcerated.
Black youths are almost five times as likely and Latino youths about twice as likely to be incarcerated as white youths of drug offenses.