With our local implementing partners in almost 20 countries, dance4life works to involve as many young people as possible. Our approach is built around two pillars: young people’s behavior and a youth-friendly society.
dance4life works in high schools, reaching
young people between the ages of 12 and 18 years old. Our programs also
increasingly reach out to the most vulnerable groups, including out-of-school
youth and young people in juvenile detention centers. To create behavioral change, we
use a four step concept founded on evidence of our work in the last 10 years and
our philosophy that peer-to-peer communication is the best way to connect with young
people. In each country, the four steps provide the blueprint on which we
design our programs:
We engage young people through dance, music, and personal stories
We inform young people about HIV/AIDS, sexual health and reproductive rights
We empower young people as agents4change to inspire and educate their communities
We celebrate young people’s achievements to raise public awareness and political support
We try to make our programs as effective as possible, in the following ways:
Keep the local dynamics in mind
In each of the almost 20 countries where we work, the content of our four step concept is tailored to the local dynamics, addressing young people’s most pressing needs. According to the location, we address issues related to sexuality and life skills.
Advocate for the rights of young people
Focusing on young people’s behavior alone is not enough. Without a supportive environment, change simply won’t last. That’s why we advocate for the rights of young people, in their direct environment and at regional, national and international level. Our aim is that the voice and reality of young people are being better reflected in policies.
Measure the impact
We are continually working to better understand the specific factors that can prevent risky behaviors and promote safe choices. We measure the impact of these approaches to build even stronger connections with young people and make our programs as effective as possible.