Picture it. Biology labs, awkward conversations with teachers, and tedious textbooks. Sound familiar? At Dance4Life we take a different approach to sexual health awareness. Sexuality education cannot be seen as a regular school subject, like biology; it is an integral part of adolescent development and should be approached as such. That’s why the Dance4Life places empowerment at its core.
Based on insights from over a decade of implementation and the most recent evidence and scientific findings, the Dance4Life Empowerment Model is developed by and for young people. The core of our model is the Journey4Life, a curriculum that is delivered by trained peer leaders called Champions4Life who empower young people rather than educate them. We also know it’s not enough to empower young people as a stand-alone intervention; they also need access to youth friendly services and fewer structural barriers to their well-being. So we strictly select franchisees with a strong track record of working on these issues, either themselves or within networks, alliances and partnerships.
In order for our model to work best we have identified 4 pre-conditions. Evidence-based strategies for behavior change and skills-based learning are provided through a high-dosage, non-formal intervention, delivered by trained peer leaders in structured settings. Reaching young people in settings where they can be found on a regular bases enables the model to be sustainable and reach young people in large scale.Key strategies
dance4life’s ultimate goal is to decrease the prevalence of three of the biggest sexual health threats young people face these days: HIV, unwanted pregnancies and sexual and gender based violence.Pre-requisites Intermediate outcomes
For young people to practice healthy and safe sexual behavior, they have to form intentions to change their behavior and take personal leadership in their sexual life. The core determinants for these intentions to be formed are:
- Building confidence;
- Creating gender equal attitudes and;
- Challenging existing social norms.
Decreasing these health threats can only happen if young people practice healthy and safe sexual behavior, such as buying and using condoms and contraceptives, delaying sexual debut, forming healthy relationships, decreasing the number of (irregular) sexual partners and accessing health services. Young people indirectly contribute to a youth-friendly environment by setting new and challenging existing social norms, and breaking the taboos surrounding their sexual and reproductive health.Intermediate outcome Long-term change
dance4life’s ultimate goal is to decrease the prevalence of three of the biggest sexual health threats young people face these days: HIV, unwanted pregnancies and sexual and gender based violence.Outcome