Behaviour change model

Are you looking for a comprehensive behaviour change model for young people to contribute to your health, education and gender outcomes across a region? A model to contextualise and compare between countries, so you don’t have to procure, pilot and scale a different model in each country?

Our model

Many of our partners use Dance4Life’s branding and rely on our support as they begin and then scale-up their use of the Journey4Life. However, we also form partnerships with organisations that already have good capacity and which prefer to use their own brand and to take the lead. We believe in the power of partnerships to accelerate our shared mission and envisage a partnership under your lead and brand including:

  • A proven empowerment curriculum for behaviour change among young people
  • in a range of contexts and settings
  • for online and face-to-face delivery

You get your own version of our Journey4Life empowerment curriculum: contextualised, translated and branded to fit you and your target groups. It is proven to increase gender-equal attitudes, positive social norms and social-emotional competencies for long-lasting behaviour change.

We tailor it to the young people, thematics and strategies that you work with and to the setting you are in, for example schools, orphanages and sports clubs. We train your local peer facilitators on delivering the Journey4Life using experiential learning, but knowing the expertise and local networks that you and your partners have, we give you full ownership of the program from that moment on.


On-going support for scale-up

We believe that change starts with each individual, but we also know that scale matters. To support you in reaching scale across multiple countries, we offer you:

  • Tailored advice on contextualisation, implementation, scaling and sustainability;
  • Trainings of your own master trainers to ensure in-house expertise and capacity to train peer facilitators without relying on us;
  • Online tools and guidance so that you get the information you need when you need it.

You will also have a dedicated Partner Manager from the Dance4Life team to provide you with tailored support and information.


Evaluations show that our empowerment model contributed to…

… 22% increase in knowledge of and 16% more confidence to take up sexual and reproductive health services in Ghana

… increasing the number of young people in Tanzania getting tested for HIV from 6% to 38%

...teachers reporting more active participation of students also in regular class

… an increase of 31% of young people in Nepal who disagreed with unequal gender norms

“The Journey4Life supports positive behavior change among young people and addresses their essential needs while contributing to the success of our health and education programs in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Ukraine. Our partnership with Dance4Life has been complementary and insightful, as we jointly contextualize the model, scale it, and collect the lessons learned of working with and for young people.”

Yuri de Boer, Director, AFEW International

”Together with Dance4Life we developed the Peer Facilitation Guide for the Get Up Speak Out (GUSO) Programme. This guide empowered young people to lead healthy sexual lives and helped achieve our objectives of ensuring young people make informed choices on sexual reproductive health, voice their rights and utilize health services. Though GUSO ended in 2020, we still use it today in other programmes.”

 Juliet N. Mwebembezi, Head of Programs and Partnerships, Restless Development Uganda

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Programme officer

Saad Haroon