Even though African arts and culture have been at the core of BYP’s work since its founding in 1996, the Association has always sought to use its artistic work as a tool to have a positive social impact on the lives of its young people. It is through the participation in African dance and music that BYP’s children and young people discover and explore their African cultural roots and experience new cultures and traditions. BYP believes this helps young people to reinforce their self-esteem and feeling of belonging, thus allowing them to become active members of society and responsible leaders in their communities.
Since 2006, and together with a number of local partners, BYP has reinforced and widened its scope of activities to offer a wider range of initiatives reaching a larger number of children and young people.
BYP has been working in the Oeiras Municipality with children and young people at risk for academic failure or drop-out with the aim of providing them with new horizons through vocational guidance and new life projects that lead them to other educational offers (mainstream or alternative).
The issue of school withdrawal and academic failure is complex. BYP thus involves the entire community to crate and provide educational after-school activities related to dance, music, sports and other areas.
Its main activities are organized around five main axes:
- Inclusion and educational success
- Cultural and community activities
- Digital inclusion
- Entrepreneurship and capacity-building.
This initiative is supported by: