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Advocates For Youth (Advocates) champions efforts that help youth make informed, responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. The organization believes strongly in both the right of young people to comprehensive, accurate reproductive and sexual health information and services, and in the power of youth development. Using its 3Rs Philosophy (Rights, Respect, and Responsibility), Advocates works to shift the societal paradigm of adolescent sexuality away from a negative emphasis on fear and ignorance toward the acceptance of sexual development as healthy and the belief that adolescents are a valuable resource. Staff provide information, training, and assistance to youth-serving organizations, policy makers, youth activists, and media in the U.S. and in low- and middle-income countries. The organization’s domestic and international initiatives provide a unique opportunity to disseminate “lessons without borders” within the adolescent reproductive and sexual health (ARSH) field.
“I love this initiative! In my 25 years at Advocates for Youth, I can truly say that AMAZE is one of my favorite projects! It’s fun and creative and meets young adolescents right where they are! What a joy to be a part of something so innovative and yet so educational!”
– Deb Hauser, President, Advocates for Youth.
Answer is a national organization that provides and promotes access to comprehensive sex education for young people and training for the adults who teach them. Answer is dedicated to ensuring young people have the knowledge and skills they need to be happy, healthy and safe well into the future. For more than 35 years, Answer has helped adults be the best sexuality educators they can be by providing the latest resources, most current information and best practices for reaching and teaching the youth in their lives. Answer’s signature publication, Sex, Etc., is a teen-written sexual health magazine and website which reaches over two million young people every year with honest, accurate sexual health information and resources.
“Answer is committed to centering the voices of young people in everything we do; being a partner in AMAZE provides another opportunity for us to do just that. AMAZE builds on Answer’s legacy of leveraging technology to deliver sexual health information in a format that resonates with teens. Through AMAZE, we are thrilled to be reaching a critical and often overlooked audience of younger adolescents.”
YTH (Youth+Tech+Health) is an initiative of ETR, specializing in youth-centered health design that advances the sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and wellness of young people using new media and technologies. ETR advances health equity by designing science-based solutions and the goal of the YTH Initiative is to develop innovative solutions for youth health and wellness. YTH is the partner of choice for those in search of new ways to advance the health of youth and young adults through technology. YTH drives change by creating, evaluating, and refining technology solutions and providing partners with proven models ready for scale and replication and also build the capacity of the community to advance youth health by providing research, training, idea generation, and expert advice. YTH has pioneered many digital solutions to reach youth with information and services where they want it and when they need it.
Bhupendra Sheoran serves as the Managing Director.
“AMAZE does indeed take the weird out of sex ed. YTH is fortunate to be working with adolescents and the other Amaze partners in this pioneering campaign to reach adolescents and their adult allies with authentic and real sexual health information”
– Bhupendra Sheoran
UNFPA is the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency. Our mission is to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled. We work towards the achievement of the following transformative results: ending unmet need for family planning, ending preventable maternal death, ending gender-based violence and harmful practices, and particularly in the East and Southern Africa Region, ending the sexual transmission of HIV. As an AMAZE partner, we are adapting and creating original videos that speak to the particular socio-cultural contexts in the 23 countries of the East and Southern Africa region that impact upon the sexual and reproductive health and rights of adolescents and young people. For more information, see https://esaro.unfpa.org/
The TVSMITHS is a proudly African content producer specializing in entertainment. The company conceptualizes and executes content such as advertising campaigns and corporate videos, but focuses mainly on television series of an educational or entertainment nature. Its largest market is South Africa, with work in DRC and Nigeria, and extended recently to Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA). Within this territory The TVSMITHS produces “edutainment” programs and campaigns for broadcast and digital clients, providing key learning outcomes through imaginative and compelling stories that capture the hearts and minds of Africans.
The TVSMITHS is proud to work with all the AMAZE partners to ensure that sexuality education in Africa is advanced through the creation of both original videos and the repurposing of existing videos from the United States. The company also curates and implements the digital conversation calendar for AMAZE South Africa, aimed at children aged 10 to 14, as well as their parents and caregivers on AMAZE Parents Africa. This is achieved in collaboration with its client, Advocates for Youth, and its local technical partner, the United Nations Population Fund. “The South African market is highly segmented because of the country’s apartheid history, which has created extreme levels of inequality in terms of wealth and education. Grappling with this challenge for many years has taught us how to reach diverse audiences, and we aim to use this experience to create meaningful and engaging content that speaks beyond the borders of South Africa to every AMAZE child, parent and caregiver on the continent.” – Anthony Wayment-Nel, CEO.
AOOSUNG was founded in 2003 and works to enable South Koreans to have improved knowledge about sexual health and sexuality and lead healthy lives. AOOSUNG develops resources for educating teachers, parents and teenagers about youth development and sexuality and provides sexuality education and counseling to young people, including lower-income youth and victims of sexual violence.
IPPF/Western Hemisphere Region sees Amaze as an opportunity to engage parents and teachers around Comprehensive Sex Education geared towards younger adolescents, and to support them with the online resources they need to do so. They are planning to establish a competitive RFP process among their affiliates in Latin America, that would eventually disseminate info as well as incentivize the uptake of Amaze across their affiliates in Latin America. The affiliates would submit proposals for how they would pilot the videos in their countries. Their goal is to award the funds to 1-2 in-country partners that put forth the best ideas to pilot the videos in their local contexts.
In their Spring Newsletter, Giselle Carino, the new IPPF/WHR Regional Director made the following comments:
“Today we are positioned to amplify this progress under our new strategic plan, which commits to reaching more than five million young people in the Americas and Caribbean with quality sexuality education by 2022. While ambitious, I have no doubt that we will do for sexuality education what we did for family planning more than sixty years ago: create a culture in which sexuality education is viewed as an essential part of gender equality and social development for our nations; an investment that helps governments, communities and families challenge the harmful gender norms that perpetrate a culture of violence; reduce the number of unintended pregnancies, and ultimately, create happier and more equitable societies. I have no doubt we will achieve our goals. We have a strong, imaginative team of staff, volunteers, and allies like you that are dedicated, determined, and open to new approaches and innovative ideas. We have solid partnerships with sister organizations, academic institutions, and governments, and unwavering support from dedicated funders.”
PILCON is a nonprofit organization in Japan which expands the sexual health education learned from a dialogue. Aiming to realize a society that enables everyone to build good relationships and choose their own ways of life, it was founded by Asuka Someya, in 2013. PILCON stands for: Program for Ideal Life through Communication & Networking. We disseminate information on sexual health and wellness. We also provide programs to help everyone realize their own ideal life and lifestyle by promoting communication through workshops and establishing social resource networks. Now we implement sexual health education programs for youth and parents.
DKT Mexico has been an incredibly valuable resource as we begin to test out our messaging and how best to market our videos to an international audience.
Projet Jeune Leader is a youth-founded, youth-led, and youth-centered organization in Madagascar striving to transform the lives of young Malagasy adolescents through comprehensive sexuality education. They run an innovative, multi-component, school-based comprehensive sexuality education program in public middle schools in Madagascar.
Tasaseks is a Finnish startup founded by a basic education teacher and authorized sexuality educator Sofia Lind. Tasaseks has a mission to revolutionize comprehensive sexuality education in Finland by making it more student centric with a sound, pedagogical approach. Tasaseks engages students with games, videos, experiential learning and drama approaches that make sex ed fun, not only for the students but for their teachers too. Currently, the pedagogical materials are only in Finnish but the team is working towards a multilingual future, hoping to make sex ed fun everywhere.
Tasaseks trains teachers around the country in Finland with workshops on active learning approaches in sexuality education. They work together with multiple Regional State Administrative Agencies, teacher student organizations, municipalities, and the University of Helsinki.
Founder Sofia Lind on sexuality education in Finland:
”In order to reach a more equal and comprehensive sexuality education reality, we need to ensure that every teacher knows about the benefits of sex ed. Tasaseks provides training to as many teachers as possible and pedagogical materials that guide educators at the same time as they activate learners.”
Instagram in English @tasaseks_sexed
Founded in July 2009, Roots of Health (Ugat ng Kalusugan; ROH) provides educational and clinical services to women, youth, and families in the Philippines so they can lead healthy reproductive lives. In 2019 alone, ROH provided over 17,000 women and girls with contraceptive methods of their choice and educated over 15,000 young people about their bodies and their sexual health. Over the same period, ROH trained a group of youth advocates who referred nearly 1,000 young individuals to ROH’s clinical services for contraceptive counseling and/ or confidential HIV screenings. Additionally, ROH has trained nearly 500 local government workers in reproductive health information, especially in regards to adolescent-specific needs.
Founded in 2011, lil is a non-profit organization based in Graz, Austria, that provides modern comprehensive sexuality education and health services with a focus on diversity, equality, gender rights, and social responsibility. Lil works closely with adolescents, students, parents, schools, educators, and healthcare professionals to promote an honest and transparent discussion on sexual education and reproductive health.
International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) is a global non-governmental organization with the broad aims of promoting sexual and reproductive health and advocating the right of individuals to make their own choices in family planning. The charity is a Federation of 118 Member Associations working in 129 countries. Member Associations provide non-profit sexual health and reproductive health services, advocacy, training, and education. IPPF leads the locally owned, globally connected civil society movement that provides and enables services and champions sexual and reproductive health and rights for all, especially the under-served.
“IPPF is committed to supporting regional offices and Member Associations in enhancing their existing comprehensive sexuality education programs by expanding AMAZE globally.”
The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) is a global healthcare provider and a leading advocate of sexual and reproductive health and rights for all. IPPF South Asia Regional Office (SARO) is one of the six regional networks of IPPF. We are a worldwide federation of national organizations working with and for communities in more than 160 countries. We emerged out of a volunteer-led social movement in the 1950s demanding the right of women to have control over their fertility. We work to ensure people are free to make choices about their sexuality and well-being, in a world without discrimination. We work towards a world where women, men and young people everywhere have control over their own bodies.
Women and Their Bodies” is a non-profit organization working to promote comprehensive social change in the perceptions of Israeli women and girls regarding their health and sexual health. Established in 2005, the organization has hundreds of professional volunteers from the fields of medicine, education, and healthcare. WTB is a women’s organization that works for women, their health and quality of life, by raising awareness for women’s health rights, and the basic belief that women are the source of authority on their own bodies.
WTB’s main goals are to: promote awareness of health issues affecting women and girls from a broad perspective that addresses social, economic, physical, sexual, and emotional factors; educate women and girls about their rights and facilitate access to health services; promote a holistic approach to women’s health; produce and distribute information in Hebrew and Arabic; and create an open platform for discussion among women and girls from different social groups, ages, and status about health, sexuality, and their bodies.
Reach A Hand Uganda (RAHU) is a Ugandan- based, youth-centered, non-profit organization focused on
youth empowerment programs with an emphasis on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR),
modern contraception / family planning, and HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention. RAHU fundamentally
focuses on shifting attitudes regarding social norms and values that limit access to SRHR information
and services through the design and implementation of creative communication campaigns to create
awareness and mitigate sexual health risks among young people 12 – 24 years of age.
‘Put A Period’ is a non-profit, youth-led organization working to eliminate the stigma and taboo surrounding sexual and reproductive health in Bangladesh. ‘Put A Period’ works to eradicate myths and misinformation about menstruation and sexual and reproductive health by increasing access to accurate information for all mainly through workshops and online, video content. Through these efforts, ‘Put A Period’ initiates healthy discourse concerning stigmatized issues such as menstruation and focuses on making sanitary products available for marginalized communities.
‘Put A Period’s partnership with AMAZE focuses on efficiently delivering information on sexual and reproductive health through AMAZE educational videos subtitled into Bengali to easily reach adolescents, including vulnerable adolescents. ‘Put A Period’ is excited to work in association with AMAZE towards achieving a society where everyone feels safe and comfortable to talk about menstruation, gender, and reproduction.
Facebook page: facebook.com/putaperiod.org
The WiderNet Project is publishing AMAZE via the eGranary Digital Library to people lacking Internet access in countries around the world.
Türkiye Aile Sağlığı ve Planlaması Vakfı (TAPV) was founded in 1985 by a group of business people, academics, and representatives of business associations. The mission of TAPV is to promote gender equality while improving women’s and girls’ access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health and rights, and to raise the quality of life of all individuals.
Through its Sexual Health Education Program, TAPV gives telephone counseling to promote individual access to factual information, gives sexuality education in schools to support children and adolescents during their sexual developmental processes, organizes seminars and workshops for parents, school counselors and teachers in order to raise awareness of children’s needs and expectations during their stages of sexual development, and gives training to nurses and midwives in order to advance knowledge and practice in sexual and reproductive health matters among service providers.
TAPV aims to raise the quality of family planning, spread contraception methods, facilitate the access to health service, and increase awareness on sexual health.
Queer Lexikon e.V. was founded in 2012 in Germany. Queer Lexikon is an online platform that aims to inform and support LGBTQIA teenagers and young adults during their Coming Out with a Chat room, informational Videos, and brochures (e,g, on safer sex for LGBTQIA teenagers), and much more!
Queer Lexikon is subtitling AMAZE videos into German.
The Smile Outreach started as an ‘outreach’ program in 2018. The ‘convener’ Bidemi Adedire, wanted to bring together a group of young passionate people, who were enthusiastic about touching lives and leaving positive marks in their societies. The Smile Outreach partners with well-meaning individuals of change and organizations to fight against cross-generational sexual relationships; seek to enhance continuing personal development (CPD); offer volunteer training for nonprofits, and they also provide emotional, mental, and material relief to the African audience.
Papardes zieds is a voluntary and democratic public benefit organization founded in 1994. They are one of the largest non-governmental organizations in Latvia, which have been successfully working in the field of reproductive health and rights throughout Latvia for many years, educating young people about healthy and safe relationships, sexual and reproductive health and various other topics.
Colectivo para la Participación de la Infancia y Juventud (COPIJ) is an organization with over 20 years of experience in working with girls, adolescents, and young people, particularly in the field of sexual and reproductive health, comprehensive sexuality education, and social monitoring and auditing processes. As an organization, we seek to break down the limitations timely and objective information faces in developing countries, like in Guatemala. We have an extensive network of young volunteers who work as promoters in various communities of Jalapa, which has allowed us to achieve comprehensive participation in different social environments.
“We believe in the power that information provides young people. That is why we are confident that as partners of AMAZE, we will be able to make the most of their extensive experience in logistical and audiovisual work to provide accurate and timely information to all young people who still hope to achieve their life goals.”
SALAMA – the Lebanese Association for Family Health is an NGO founded in 2008 is a member association of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF). SALAMA advocates for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and provides high-quality sexual and reproductive health services for young people, men, and women. SALAMA works to raise awareness for all groups in society (particularly the underserved and marginalized) in order that they will make informed decisions regarding their sexual and reproductive health and rights. SALAMA is a member of various working groups and networks in Lebanon and at the Arab world regional level. SALAMA seeks to improve the quality of life of individuals and to ensure community development by strengthening partnerships with stakeholders.
“SALAMA’s partnership with AMAZE aims at filling a gap in sexuality education resources for adolescents that are age-appropriate, fun, and affirming while reaching a wider number of adolescents with positive messages around sexual and reproductive health and rights. SALAMA will use AMAZE videos on social media platforms and during awareness sessions, training, and community activities.”
Stand We Speak: Building “A 21st-century sexual health ecosystem in India.”
StandWeSpeak envisions a world where every individual is equipped with knowledge, attitude, skills and values required not only to actively take care of their own sexual health, well-being & dignity; but also to develop social and sexual relationships based on respect and make responsible choices in their future.
StandWeSpeak has partnered with AMAZE to subtitle approximately 50 videos into Hindi. The subtitled videos can be accessed through their website at standwespeak.com
The Love Matters Global Network is a collective of organizations around the world, that implement the unique Love Matters model of online sexuality education to support safe, healthy, and pleasurable love, sex, and relationships for young people.
All member organizations collaborate to scale the cumulative impact and resources of the Love Matters Global Network by; working together to exchange expertise, innovation, learnings, and best practices in digital sexuality education.
Three of the seven Love Matters members in Kenya Nigeria and DRC, will reach and grow existing online audiences by sharing a selection of AMAZE’s educational, age-appropriate, humorous sex education videos.
“As the Love Matters Global Network, we see that the partnership with AMAZE offers a unique opportunity to respond to our audience’s needs and desires by efficiently increasing sex educational video content available on Love Matters platforms while ensuring engagement through localization and dubbing.”
Association HERA XXI is an NGO in Georgia founded in 1997 and is a member association of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF). Association HERA XXI supports the empowerment of volunteers and realization of Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) through providing Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE), quality services, and advocating SRHR at national and international levels.
“Solid partnership on Comprehensive Sexuality Education is an effective way to invest in youth well-being which is why we are excited to integrate AMAZE’s new approach and digital innovative ideas” -Nino Tsuleiskiri, ED Association HERA XXI.
Established in 1959, the Family Planning Association of Nepal (FPAN), a member association of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), a major partner of the Government of Nepal’s national family planning program, contributing a significant portion of family planning services in Nepal annually. FPAN is Nepal’s first national sexual and reproductive health service delivery and advocacy organization. We work across 37 districts to provide critical health services to poor, marginalized, socially excluded, and underserved (PMSEU) communities, including sex workers, people living with HIV (PLHIV), LGBTI people, injecting drug users, men who have sex with men, migrant workers, and survivors of gender-based violence (GBV).
“Because our key areas of emphasis include adolescent sexual and reproductive health, HIV and AIDS prevention and treatment, safe abortion, the prevention of gender-based violence (GBV), and support for its victims, AMAZE videos will help us to raise awareness of these issues and enhance our current comprehensive sexuality education programs.”
Family Planning Association India (FPAI) is a premier civil society organization delivering essential health services focusing on sexual and reproductive health in over 18 states and union territories of India (through 40 branches), in regions where key developmental indicators are poor and gender disparities are high. FPAI is a Member Association of the International Planned Parenthood Federation. FPAI reaches out to Young People with information, counseling, and youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services. Increasing access to comprehensive sexuality education to enable young people to exercise their sexual and reproductive rights is a strategic priority for the Association.
Current circumstances (COVID-19 pandemic and technological progress and access) around the world, have made it imperative and conducive to reach young masses via a digital medium. A considerable young population are using smartphones or have access to a smartphone, and the internet even in rural areas. AMAZE has done fantastic innovation in animating the complex topic of sexual and reproductive health and rights making it simple and enjoyable. FPAI would like to benefit from AMAZE videos in order to reach large numbers of young people.
Intimatica is a Belarussian startup dedicated to providing adolescent sexual health and development information to young people in Belarus. Intimatica seeks to answer the most common questions that may arise as adolescents experience the physical and emotional changes that often go along with puberty, in the hopes of normalizing conversations about sexual development.
Through their work, Intimatica presents information in various creative ways such as through funny cartoons, articles, and sharing real- life stories that adolescents can relate to.
To learn more about Intimatica and watch their AMAZE videos dubbed into Russian, visit Intimatica’s website as well as their YouTube channel.
YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBRKNefQzIX0sCH-78vkJqw/videos