RDDC is an international NGO that runs dance and educational programs for street children and underserved youth in post-conflict and developing countries. Using a three-part model, RDDC prepares street children to re-integrate and succeed in the formal education system while gaining valuable job skills through vocational training.
In Phase I, street children improve 11 cognitive skills through a standardized dance curriculum. In Phase II, children acquire job skills through vocational training (IT or English Language). In Phase III, top performing students are sponsored to attend local boarding schools – thereby exiting life on the street and giving youth the power to advance their own lives.
Vision: Improving Children’s Lives
RDDC aims to significantly improve the lives of children and youth in its focus countries (Bosnia-Herzegovina, Guinea, Rwanda) 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 cognitive learning skills (ranging from memorization to retention/recall of information). 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.
RDDC is a 501(c)3 organization based in the United States. Working closely with international partners and RDDC field staff, the organization has run ongoing youth dance projects in three focus countries : Rwanda, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Guinea. Each program is based on a standardized model created by RDDC and then tailored to the specific needs of the at-risk population being served. Starting in 2014, RDDC prioritized its program in Rwanda.
The present international orientation of RDDC is the company’s second growth phase. The company was created in 2005 with a focus on developing original, full-length contemporary ballets based on famous literary works, significant historical events and modern social issues. Read more...
- Creative Solutions in Conflict Zones: Panel Discussion in NYC with Rebecca Davis
Rebecca Davis will be speaking about the role of the arts in communities struggling with the effects of poverty, violence, and social upheaval at Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC). As the 2015 Fulbright Alumna-in-Residence, she will share the work of MindLeaps and engage in a dialogue with fellow panelists Roman Baca (Marine Iraq War Veteran and Exit12 Dance Co), Alison Gardy (Director of International Relations at 92Y) and Jill Strauss (Assistant Professor at BMCC).
The event is open to the public.
WHAT: Fulbright NY Panel: Creative Solutions in Conflict Zones
WHEN: Tuesday, January 13th, 7-9pm
WHERE: BMCC, Fiterman Hall, Room 1304, 245 Greenwich Street (between Park Place & Barclay)
(free for Foreign Fulbrighters & BMCC students; $5 for Fulbright Alumni/BMCC Faculty; $10 for general public)