Amaze to the Max!
26 years ago, 8-year-old Ellie received a birthday card with the message, “I hate you, girl lover.” Fortunately, Ellie’s two moms intercepted the card before she saw it. They initially ripped up the card and threw it in the trash, but the AmazeWorks community is grateful for what happened next. They took the card out of the trash, brought it to Ellie’s teacher, and together with a trailblazing group of educators, parents, and community members, they turned this hateful act into a learning opportunity that would help countless children in schools across the country experience belonging in classrooms. They created the Love Makes a Family Anti-Bias Project that has evolved into the AmazeWorks of today.
In 2022, we continue to evolve and expand our Anti-Bias Education programs and services. For our Education programs, we recently revamped our elementary curriculum with new lessons and dozens of new books, two new persona dolls, and an extensive video-based middle school curriculum. We are shifting to a more comprehensive systems change approach for schools and districts that includes ongoing professional development, program implementation support, and Anti-Bias Educator coaching. Teacher by teacher, school by school, our anti-bias education programs and services come together from early childhood to secondary to create school communities and classroom cultures that center equity and belonging. AmazeWorks helps students of all identities and lived experiences thrive, engage, and meet their potential.
And we know at AmazeWorks that what’s good for children is also good for adults. Through our Enterprise work, we have expanded our anti-bias education and belonging work to other nonprofits, for-profit businesses, government agencies, and municipalities, as more organizations grapple with what it means to engage with an increasingly diverse and global world.
Since 2019, we have doubled the number of schools that use AmazeWorks curriculums and programs AND the number of organizations who participated in AmazeWorks trainings and workshops. Today, AmazeWorks is actively used in 25 states. The need for our services is growing, and we need your help so that every child and adult can experience belonging.
For Give to the Max Day, one of our founders has given a match of $5000. That means that every gift you make up to $5000 will be doubled, and your donation will have twice the impact!
Help us bring belonging to life with your gift today. Any donation that is meaningful to you is meaningful to us. Thank you for being a part of our anti-bias community.
Thank you! For more information about AmazeWorks, visit our website at amazeworks.org.
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