In 2005, Nisha Sachdev spent her weekends teaching Spanish in the Upward Bound program at the George Washington University Medical Center. The five senior high school students she worked with opened her eyes to the issues and lack of resources the DC youth faced.Determined to help them complete high school and attend college the following year she took on the task of mentoring these 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 sheformed “Breaking the Cycle,” an organization which engages these “mentored” students, as well as other high school students, to make and follow positive decisions . It was amazing to see these youth take on leadership roles in the community and to help others . Breaking the Cycle has since been established as a non-profit organization and has helped over 100 youth in DC.
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