Our approach 


Our approach is built around two pillars: young people’s behavior and a youth-friendly society.


dance4life Barbados works in secondary schools, reaching young people between the ages of 12 and 18 years old. Our program also reaches the most vulnerable groups, including out-of-school youth, residents of the adolescent Children’s Homes, as well as young people in juvenile detention centers (the Government Industrial Schools). To create behavioral change, we use a four-step concept founded on evidence of our work in the last 7 years and our philosophy that peer-to-peer communication is the best way to connect with young people. 

Inspire

We engage young people through dance, music, and personal stories

Educate

We inform young people about empowerment, leadership, sexual health and reproductive rights

Activate

We empower young people as agents4change to inspire and educate their communities

Celebrate

We celebrate young people’s achievements to raise public awareness and political support

We try to make our programme as effective as possible, in the following ways: 

Keep the Barbadian dynamic in mind

Using an evidence based approach, the content of our four-step concept is tailored to meet individual youth realities.

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 the regional, national and international level. Our aim is that the voices and realities of young people are 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.