Jason Amada has always been interested in novel ways to learn. Amada grew raised in New York City, not the typical small-town American upbringing. He resided in Forest Hills, Queens, and on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Like many other families, he had to relocate from rental to rental as required. Every week, something new happened in a town so crowded it might have been its own nation. Neighbors moved in and out, buildings were renovated. The playgrounds became parking lots. The change was in the air. While other aspects of New York City have remained constant, Jason Amada's youth was marked by change and a fast-paced lifestyle.