Rebecca Davis Dance Company (RDDC)

MISSION: Rebecca Davis Dance Company (RDDC) uses dance to engage and advance the lives of street children and underserved youth in post-conflict and developing countries. Each RDDC program combines dance classes with skill-building or educational workshops (such as IT, health and water sanitation lessons). The Company currently has field offices and ongoing programs in Guinea, Rwanda and Bosnia-Herzegovina. VISION: IMPROVING CHILDREN'S LIVES - RDDC aims to significantly improve the lives of children and youth in its focus countries by equipping participating youth with a skill or knowledge base that they can leverage in the future. Dance, found at the core of each program, is used to...

Rebecca Davis Dance Company (RDDC)
3171 35th Street
#3R
Astoria, New York 11106
United States
2158403890
http://www.rebeccadavisdance.com

Board of Directors

David Brown, Eugene Dushime, Lisa Meritz, Marciene Mattleman, Rebecca Davis, Tanja Raic Tarcuki, Catherine Smith, Neil Kleinman, Ibrahim Sory Mara, Irina Khasin

Project Leaders

Rebecca Davis

Mission

MISSION: Rebecca Davis Dance Company (RDDC) uses dance to engage and advance the lives of street children and underserved youth in post-conflict and developing countries. Each RDDC program combines dance classes with skill-building or educational workshops (such as IT, health and water sanitation lessons). The Company currently has field offices and ongoing programs in Guinea, Rwanda and Bosnia-Herzegovina. VISION: IMPROVING CHILDREN'S LIVES - RDDC aims to significantly improve the lives of children and youth in its focus countries by equipping participating youth with a skill or knowledge base that they can leverage in the future. Dance, found at the core of each program, is used to help the children develop confidence, self-esteem and discipline. RDDC trains a few of the most talented and committed students to become dancers or teachers directly involved with RDDC programs, but ultimately, serves the vast majority of students through the educational training associated with each program. BRIEF HISTORY - RDDC was founded in the USA as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization in 2005, and carries out its programs in conjunction with foreign partner organizations and local field teams. The programs are run day-to-day by staff from each participating country under the leadership of a Country Director and a team of instructors.

Programs

MODEL - RDDC has a standardized model that integrates dance workshops and workshops focusing on an issue or educational topic relevant to a specific global community. Each project is tailored to a specific global community, but all work is structured within a pre-defined framework, which: 1) Targets and assembles approximately 60 children (ages 10-19 years) of diverse backgrounds; 2) Combines lessons in dance technique with educational and practical training in one of the following areas: IT, literacy, water conservation, and health and sanitation; 3) Contains a youth leadership/entrepreneurship component that trains the top students to become teachers' assistants, lead instructors, and eventually in-country program administrators; 4) Leverages skill-building components (IT, language, health) to help some youth find job opportunities in their respective countries. MEASURABLES - A common set of measurables determines success, including: a) Positive economic impact on participating youth and the local partner organizations; b) Continuous programming led be local staff and youth leaders who have graduated from the dance training program; c) Greater community awareness about the social or global development issues addressed through presentations and performances; d) Group of skilled youth that complete RDDC programs and are able to support themselves in their native country. THREE PILLARS: DANCE - SKILL DEVELOPMENT - YOUTH ADVANCEMENT. DANCE: Dance is used to attract, engage and retain students in order to meet outlined skill and educational objectives. Children, who are enthusiastic and motivated to attend the dance workshops, are then ready to take in the program's academic and vocational training components. SKILL DEVELOPMENT: Through supplementary classes taught in conjunction with the dance program, RDDC's programming ensures that children have a vocational skill or knowledge base in their respective country. Skills taught range from IT expertise to English language and basic health knowledge. YOUTH ADVANCEMENT: RDDC uses dance to build confidence and self-esteem in children, but the program's ultimate goal is to advance the lives of youth through skill development. This ranges from sponsoring children to go to boarding school, hiring children to do basic IT work, to employing youth as teachers and trainers for RDDC international programs.

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