Our approach

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.

For a more detailed overview of the way with work, please read one of the following documents: