The Santa Teresa Ballet is a program directed at children and youth who live in areas of social risk and it aims to complement a child’s academic progress through artistic expression. The BST also aims to create a center for entertainment and culture in an area that lacked such enrichment. Factors such as the existing prejudice between social classes of the neighborhood have previously prevented the creation of a cultural center but BST crosses these social boundaries. Approximately 100 young people ranging from 3 ½ to 18 years old attend this ballet school, which offers classical and modern dance, sport, health awareness programs and English lessons. 94% of the students are youth from neighborhoods of social risk in the community, while 6% of the students come from traditional neighborhoods of Santa Teresa. This breakdown of class composition is intended to promote the integration of favela communities with communities bordering favelas and has produced excellent results in recent years. The Santa Teresa Ballet is completely free of charge for the children, including class uniforms, performance costumes and transportation to and from activities and events away from the studio. With regular class attendance, the BST aims to be able to provide a cultural education and solid mechanisms with which each child can improve their life and future opportunities. NB This is only an example placement which is one of many offered by IVHQ in Brazil and not necessarily the one you will be working at.