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What exactly is AMAZE?

AMAZE.org is a collaboration between Advocates for Youth, Answer, and YTH. We’ve come together to create an engaging, accurate, age­-appropriate online sex education resource for youth. We want to help very young adolescents, ages 10­-14, develop healthy attitudes, knowledge, and behaviors they need to navigate the critical transition between childhood and older adolescence. We’re doing this by making creative, edgy YouTube videos about health and sex­-ed topics that matter to youth.

Why AMAZE?

Most health interventions and resource campaigns focus on older adolescents, especially in the US. Early adolescence marks a critical transition between childhood and older adolescence. We’ve worked directly with youth to figure out what works for health campaigns, and we’re making it a point to produce content that will make an impact on their lives.

What do we care about?

We believe in providing accurate information that is age appropriate and focuses on the many issues youth face today. We highlight issues around body image, healthy relationships, puberty, and sexual health.

How does AMAZE engage youth?

From our interactions with youth, we know that current health resources aren’t the best. They can be adult­ oriented or even worse, be pandering, and aren’t always the most engaging. So we asked youth what actually works. We base our work on the 5 “must haves” of health resources, including: humor, youth narration, colors and music, organization, and professionalism. AMAZE has a national youth advisory board that provides input at every stage of the campaign and we are working with young innovative animators who can help us speak directly to youth concerns. All the content and design direction is based on deep formative research with youth.

How does AMAZE spread the word?

Our content is published under the Creative Commons License and is available to be viewed by anyone. We encourage viewers to republish or incorporate our content into other work, or to submit new work or suggestions to us. We’re also supporting parents and educators by developing a more structured website to help adults use these materials with youth.

I am interested in partnering with AMAZE. What do I do next?

At AMAZE, we are always looking for valuable partnerships with like-minded people and organizations. If you want to be involved, please go the Get Involved section of this website and send us a note. Alternatively, send us an email with your thoughts at info@amaze.org or contact any of our operating organizations directly.

I represent a philanthropic entity/individual and would like to explore how AMAZE is a fit for us to consider for future support/funding. Who do I talk to?

That’s great. We are definitely interested in procuring support to scale and replicate AMAZE both in the US and globally and would like to hear your thoughts and explore alignment. Thus far, the partners have received their funding from the WestWind Foundation. Please use the Get Involved section of this website to contact us or send an email to info@amaze.org and we will get back to you with next steps to begin a discussion.

How does AMAZE select its topics?

Our team went through the National Sexuality Education Standards and focused on the subjects that were appropriate for our target audience. Our team assembled content briefs on each subject to help the animators understand each topic and what material should be covered in the videos.

So far we have been focusing on the following subjects:

• Puberty and Adolescent Development: Changing Bodies, Wet Dreams, Erections, Masturbation, Menstruation, Breast Development, Body Image, Media Literacy, Emotions and Puberty

• Anatomy, Physiology and Reproduction

• Identity: Gender Roles, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Coming Out, Questioning

• Healthy Relationships: Friendship, Love, Communication Skills, Relationships with Caring Adults

• Sex: Sexual Behavior, Knowing When You’re Ready, Consent, Planning for the Future, Sexually Transmitted Diseases,  HIV and AIDS

• Personal Safety: Sexual Assault, Internet Safety and Bullying

We expect to continually update our videos and topics to meet the needs of our target audience.

What does the future look like for AMAZE?

AMAZE is in the process of going international with partners that include Marie Stopes, IPPF/WHR, and DKT. Our website and ten core videos are currently being translated into ten of the world’s most spoken languages: Arabic, Bengali, French, Hindi, Mandarin, Portuguese, Punjabi, Spanish, Russian, Swahili, Urdu, and Vietnamese. The initial videos will use subtitles, and the Spanish versions will include voice-overs, as well. Our long-term goal is to provide localized versions of the website and the videos that are culturally appropriate for our international country partners.

How does AMAZE select its animators?

AMAZE uses a two track system for content development. For one track, AMAZE worked with five of the top design schools in the country to provide a group of their best animation students or graduates. These young animators are producing excellent, edgy youth-driven content covering a variety of narrow or wide ranging content. Each animator is given a content brief and has a mentor from one of our Partner organizations who assures the material is accurate and age appropriate.

For the other track, we are working with The Moving Company, an Israel-based animation studio. They are producing a standardized series, the “Jane Blog” of more traditional explainer style, educational AMAZE videos that include all of the points in the briefing documents.

How much does it cost to use AMAZE?

Zero! There is no charge to anyone to use any part of AMAZE. Our videos are published under the Creative Commons License and are available to be viewed by anyone. We encourage viewers to republish or incorporate our content into other work, or to submit new work or suggestions to us.