It all started as an idea.
“So it’s really bigger than I ever could have imagined,” says Brionna Greer, Founder.
Brionna Greer was still a student when she decided to take matters into her own hands.
“I created the program because there was a lot of violence in the community and we also had a high rate of young adults going to jail,” says Greer.
In 2019, the association “Breaking the Cycle” was officially founded.
“I wanted to create the organization to keep the kids cool,” says Greer. “By that I mean focusing on higher education, the workforce and also being a home away from home.”
Serving as a mentorship program in Owensboro, the group meets every other Tuesday.
Semesters are divided by the school calendar each fall and spring.
There are currently 17 children involved, all between the ages of 10 and 17.
“The best part of this program is taking what we’ve learned and passing it on to those who follow us,” said J’Nayah Hall, vice president.
The goal is to make students aware of the opportunities that come their way as they grow.
“When children are actively involved in our program, they know the risks,” says Greer. “We try to let them know that when you’re playing a sport or you’re in school, you can’t hang out with different people who are going in a different direction than you are, because when you do, you might lose. everything you’ve worked so hard for.”
Beyond their education, students can also learn other vital skills.
“We always have sessions, whether it’s talking about mental health, credit, budgeting, school, applying for a job, visiting college, anything under the sun,” says Hall.
Students graduating from the program have gone so far as to attend Ivy League schools.
The next semester begins in August, and organizers say they’re always on the lookout for mentors who encourage success and students who seek it.
“The best part about the program and what comes with it is that it’s possible,” says Hall. “And it’s as simple as that.”