12 Days of Giving – Day 5 – Break the Cycle

Jamie Gall, of Minnesota Girl transplanted into LA, shares her favorite charity.

I was first introduced to Break the Cycle by an event I was invited to called, “Cooking for Love.”  This event was phenomenal in that it brought some of the top chefs from the Los Angeles area together.  As people donated to the cause they were able to try a variety of samples of food and wine.  It made for a wonderful evening learning about Break the Cycle while also being surrounded by friends.

But what is Break the Cycle?  It is an organization that promotes healthy relationships for teens.  Their motto of, “Everyone deserves a safe and healthy relationship.”  It specifically focuses upon ending dating violence within teens.

Did you know that 1 in 3 teens will experience some kind of abuse in their dating relationships and two thirds of those teens will never report it to anyone?  Break the Cycle empowers teens to recognize dating violence, and gives them the tools needed to end it before it even begins. They have a variety of programs that they do including going into schools and talking about dating violence.  The also do a variety of trainings working with college campuses and even law enforcement officials.  And of course, they have an entire program designated towards Public Policy in which they work to bring laws into effect that will help keep teens and young adults safe and healthy.

For more information on Break the Cycle, you can check out their website here: http://www.breakthecycle.org/

They are open to donations and also volunteers!  It is a great organization looking to improve the lives of teens and young adults everywhere.

For me, I just love that there is an organization out there educating the world on dating violence especially in teens.  It is something that happens more often than we like to admit.  The more education we can give teens and young adults, the better.  Low self-esteem starts young, and if we can continue to support the young ones into becoming more confident human beings, and show them what a healthy relationship looks like, they can continue to keep that spark going.

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