Our impact


Since 2009, dance4life Barbados has reached over 12,000 young people. Several internal and external researches show that participating in the dance4life program has a positive effect on young people’s behavior. 


> 12,000

young people
reached

23.1%

increase in
knowledge levels

21.3%

reduction in the number of sexual partners

8.9%

increase in
condom use

11.6%

reduction in
stigmatizing attitudes

16.4%

decrease in
substance use

Healthy young people

We provide young people with the knowledge, skills and confidence to make informed decisions to protect their sexual and reproductive health. The impact studies that were performed in the last years show the positive effects of joining the dance4life program on these determinants.

Young people have more knowledge and are better capable of making safe and informed decisions when it comes to their sexual reproductive health and rights. The intention to use some form of contraception increases and they are more confident to ask their peer educators questions and to talk about issues related to their sexual health.

For a more in-depth look at our impact, please see our recently conducted independent evaluation summary and 2015-16 results.

Click here for our independent evaluation summary
Click here for our 2015-16 results


Youth-friendly society

Changing young people’s behavior alone is not enough. Without a supportive environment, in which young people can make safe sexual choices and have access to youth friendly services, change simply won’t last. That’s why we aim to make a visible difference in their environment, by advocating with them for their rights.

Successes on national level
  • Actively involved in the creation of the National Adolescent Health Policy.
  • Actively involved in UN Women’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.
  • In 2015 our national youth council launched a nation-wide petition addressed to the government of Barbados seeking access to STI services for all young people. To show your support, please sign our petition at: http://www.youth4access.org

Successes on international level

  • At international level dance4life has contributed, together with allies and partners, to a resolution at the Commission on Population and Development 47th session in 2012. The resolution calls upon governments to ensure access of adolescents and youth to full and accurate information and education on sexual and reproductive health, regardless of their age or marital stage. It was the first time that the rights of young people were acknowledged in a VN resolution.
  • Together with alliance members dance4life took part in several events related to the UN’s post-2015 process. As a result UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon mentions in his report ‘The road to dignity by 2030’ that acknowledging young people’s rights is essential and that all forms of violence against women and girls need to be stopped.