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Age-appropriate and medically-accurate sexual health videos for adolescents ages 10-14.

AMAZE.org

United States
AMAZE.org is an initiative that provides comprehensive, age-appropriate, and medically-accurate sexual health videos for adolescents ages 10-14, along with resources for educators and parents. As of September 2019 our videos have received 28 million views on our YouTube channel since AMAZE.org was launched in September of 2016. AMAZE has also been launched in South Africa and Latin America.
Introduction

AMAZE

“I love these, I didn't even know about the patch! P.S. My sex Ed teacher shows your videos.”

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Amaze is a free, video-based sexual health resource for youth ages 10-14 designed to provide honest, accurate information directly where they are - online. Through short, professionally created animated videos, Amaze seeks to empower young people to attain the information that is often overly censored in their schools. Using research to inform the content, platform, delivery, messaging and framing of sexual health for very young adolescents , Amaze has pioneered a strategy to educate young people directly, giving them what they deserve - honest, accurate sexual health information.

The Amaze project is grounded in research on the sexual health needs of very young adolescents, informed by focus groups with this demographic and evolves based on their feedback, thus honoring their experiences and perspectives. Amaze seeks to shift the social norm about adolescent sexual health to one in which people are understood to be sexual from birth to death and affirms the key milestones of typical adolescent sexual development with a focus on youth ages 10-14. Various observational studies have demonstrated that videos can be powerful instruments for education. With over 90 engaging and high quality videos released to-date, research has shown videos can be a powerful way to educate young adolescents with critical information about puberty, body image, healthy relationships and other sexual health topics.

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Innovation Overview
10 - 14
Age Group
127 000
Children/Users
5
Countries
2016
Established
Not-for-profit
Organisation
2 187
Views
Tips for implementation
Anyone with access to the internet can view the AMAZE videos on our YouTube channel AMAZEOrg or access our videos and additional resources on AMAZE.org.
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Innovativeness

AMAZE is harnessing the power of digital media to provide children, adolescents, their parents and educators with medically accurate, affirming, and honest sexual health information along with free, engaging resources that can be accessed anytime, anywhere — regardless of where they live or what school they attend.

Impact

AMAZE's content is freely available to young people, parents and educators; reaching thousands globally.

Scalability

AMAZE is expanding internationally, with numerous videos being dubbed into Spanish and subtitled in up to 30 languages with corresponding information on the AMAZE website. AMAZE is also working with partners in Mexico, Columbia and South Africa to culturally adapt content, as well as engaging with a number of groups from several countries that have expressed interest in using or translating videos.

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These videos are fun, informative and easy to use. I frequently share them with teachers and parents, and they are easy to incorporate into lessons.
Christopher Howard-Henderson
Comment
Easy to use, straightforward, accurate information for educators AND families navigating sex ed in the digital age. Awesome lesson plans and easy to implement immediately into the classroom.
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This resource is easy to use, current, enjoyable and positive. My students and families find the videos funny, informative and comforting. The videos invite students to analyze their interpretations and compare them with their peers. The information is presented without bias so students can freely process the information.
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The AMAZE videos are entertaining and relevant for youth of all ages. I've used them as a resource in the trainings I have done with sex education teachers, many of whom have used them in their own classrooms.
Joshua McCawley
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