Our Mission


BreakDown Tucson’s desire is to serve the community by being a resource to schools and at community events. Our purpose is to empower teens to make positive choices regarding relationships and sex, as well as promote the value of human life by educating youth about the effects of drugs, alcohol, bullying, self harm, suicide and more. We present this through a variety of formats providing candid, holistic, preventative risk avoidance health education.

BreakDown Tucson is dedicated to reversing damaging cultural health epidemics affecting our youth by encouraging them to not only reduce risk to their lives but to avoid it all together in order to experience optimal health for a lifetime.

 

The Need


Everyday teens are bombarded with harmful messages and inaccurate information, they are engaged in risky behavior that can have life altering effects on their health and can even lead to death.

According to a 2013 study by the Centers for Disease Control, 66% of high school students nationwide have drank alcohol, and in Arizona 43% used marijuana, and 45% have had sexual intercourse. There were approx. 757,000 pregnancies among 15-19 year old women and 9.1 million cases of sexually transmitted infections among people 15-24 years old. 36% of students in Arizona have consistently felt hopeless or sad and 19% have seriously considered attempting suicide.  We need your help to inspire HOPE and a sense of VALUE in students, here, in our community.

https://nccd.cdc.gov/youthonline/App/Results.aspx?LID=AZB

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/pdf/ss/ss6304.pdf

 

Meeting the Need


BreakDown Tucson provides students with tools, facts and resources that equip them to handle some of the extremely difficult situations that teens face on a daily basis. We do this with our high energy, peer-to-peer presentations that integrate real-life situations with current music, dance, drama, multi-media and motivational speakers. The material is honest, relevant and hard hitting. Students are inspired to step up and make a difference in their own lives, and the lives of their peers.

 

Our History


Since 2001 BreakDown Tucson has been a program of Hands of Hope, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit faith based organization. Since then we have performed in middle schools and high schools throughout the Tucson area reaching teens through our impactful, unique performances. Consisting of high school and college students who have decided to take a stand and live a life of integrity by making positive life choices BreakDown Tucson strives to be an example in the community. Our performance reaches thousands of students each month during the school year as well as reaching teens in churches, youth groups and community organizations throughout the calendar year.

 

Our Performances


Using popular music and hip hop dance, our amazing dance team sets the atmosphere by capturing the audience with professionally choreographed moves. Our drama team takes the audience on an emotional roller coaster ride using story lines based on real life situations, concluding with a challenge for teens to live life without regrets. Motivational speakers serve as a reality check to live life at a higher standard. Video segments of young people sharing their real life stories, encourage the audience to explore their own hearts. The videos are real people who have experienced negative consequences but then changed their lives for the better.  Students are engaged, educated, and entertained. Our teens deserve to have a strong message of self-control, hope, life and freedom.

 

 

 

 

 

The Bottom Line


  • Our message is about HOPE
    Hope that young people always have positive choices.
    Hope that it is never too late to start over.
    Hope that the good choices they are making will eventually pay off.
    Hope that they can reach their goals and dreams by choosing wisely today.
    Hope that they have people who care about their lives and futures.

 

  • Our message is about LIFE
    We want teens to feel valuable, worthy of respect and deserving of dignity.

 

  • And our message is about FREEDOM
    Freedom for young people to follow their dreams and live life without regret.

 

 

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