dance4life Ireland, the IFPA's HIV & Sexual Health Education programme for young people, is gearing up for its summer youth group programme.
Aimed at young people aged between 13 and 24, dance4life is an international initiative which aims to inspire, mobilise and unite young people in the battle against HIV/AIDS. The programme uses dance, music, film and workshops to encourage young people engage in the issue of HIV/AIDS and their own sexual health.
For the second year in a row the programme is being offered to youth and community groups during the summer break. The programme is delivered by the IFPA and is offered free of charge.
Summer programmes will be delivered to young people in Ballymun and Cabra in Dublin and to young people from the Travelling community in Offaly, North Tipperary and Galway.
The programme will also be delivered young people from Limerick Youth Theatre along with some visiting young people from Finland.
The dance4life programme is based around the dance4life drill, a dance that is taught to students in each of the participating countries. Young people also participate in the skills4life workshops which gives them the skills and knowledge to protect themselves against HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.
The third element involves young people to take part in an action – treasure hunts, talent shows, fancy dress, sack races, cake sales, painting murals – to raise awareness about HIV and sexual health.