Every young person growing up in Nashville deserves opportunities to succeed.  Yet for too many young people these opportunities are missing.  This opportunity gap is at the heart of the persistent achievement gap in our schools. NAZA is helping Nashville re-think how learning happens-- including when, how and with whom it happens:

  • Learning defies the boundaries of time and space.  It can’t stop when the bell rings at the end of the school day or at the school door.

  • Learning must feel meaningful and relevant in young people’s lives.  It must be connected to their real world experiences and to adults they trust.

  • Future drop-outs disengage in middle school.  By high school, it’s too late.  A passion for knowledge and discovery must be ignited and nurtured in middle school for students to succeed in high school and beyond.

NAZA and its partners are putting these principles into practice all over Nashville.  In the words of one group of students, “Afterschool will never be the same.  Get into the Zone!”

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This Is NAZA

We are happy to release a newly published case study describing our 5-year journey establishing a city-wide afterschool sytem in Nashville! From our pilot semester serving students from 4 schools in the spring of 2010 to our expansion to 25 schools in the fall of 2014, "This is NAZA" shares our successes, challenges, and the lessons we have learned along the way. Thank you to the Wallace Foundation for providing the support for this study.

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11,000 Hours: NAZA's Commitment to High-Quality Youth Programs

From the beginning NAZA has been passionate about contributing to student success, promoting the 5 Principles of Positive Youth Development, and supporting high-quality programs for Nashville youth. We believe that strengthening the quality of youth programs in Nashville is a great investment for the future of our great city. And since 2009, NAZA has provided over 11,000 hours of professional development free of charge to 2,475 staff members from 111 youth-serving organizations in Middle Tennessee. Special thanks to Louisa Avery, Field Consultant Trainer with the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality, and Susan Ragsdale, co-founder of the Center for Asset Development, who have led the majority of the workshops!

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Our 5th Annual Youth Leadership Retreat

Over 70 students from across the city attended our 5th Annual Youth Leadership Retreat at Camp Widjiwagan this October. Many students (and a few brave NAZA staff members) enjoyed the zip line and Giant Swing activities. Mr. Larry from the Adventure Science Center led workshops on building structures, and teaching artists Mar Aguelli and Dana Langford along with Leslie Gregg from YMCA ArtEmbrace led print-making and artist trading card activities. Special thanks to Metro Arts for providing funding for the art workshops! Please see our photo album to see pictures of all the day's activities.

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NAZA Expands to 43 Sites This Fall

We began our fifth full school year on Monday, September 15, and we are excited to expand to serve students from 26 middle schools this fall! With the addition of the new McGavock Zone, some brand new Anchor Partners, and an ever-expanding roster of great Enhancement Partners, we are anticipating our best year yet. To see all of our Anchor Partners, Enhancement Partners, and program information for all of our 43 sites, please visit our Zone Pages.

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latest Newssdf

This Is NAZA

We are happy to release a newly published case study describing our 5-year journey establishing a city-wide afterschool sytem in Nashville! From our pilot semester serving students from 4 schools in the spring of 2010 to our expansion to 25 schools in the fall of 2014, "This is NAZA" shares our successes, challenges, and the lessons we have learned along the way. Thank you to the Wallace Foundation for providing the support for this study.

Read More

 

11,000 Hours: NAZA's Commitment to High-Quality Youth Programs

From the beginning NAZA has been passionate about contributing to student success, promoting the 5 Principles of Positive Youth Development, and supporting high-quality programs for Nashville youth. We believe that strengthening the quality of youth programs in Nashville is a great investment for the future of our great city. And since 2009, NAZA has provided over 11,000 hours of professional development free of charge to 2,475 staff members from 111 youth-serving organizations in Middle Tennessee. Special thanks to Louisa Avery, Field Consultant Trainer with the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality, and Susan Ragsdale, co-founder of the Center for Asset Development, who have led the majority of the workshops!

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Our 5th Annual Youth Leadership Retreat

Over 70 students from across the city attended our 5th Annual Youth Leadership Retreat at Camp Widjiwagan this October. Many students (and a few brave NAZA staff members) enjoyed the zip line and Giant Swing activities. Mr. Larry from the Adventure Science Center led workshops on building structures, and teaching artists Mar Aguelli and Dana Langford along with Leslie Gregg from YMCA ArtEmbrace led print-making and artist trading card activities. Special thanks to Metro Arts for providing funding for the art workshops! Please see our photo album to see pictures of all the day's activities.

Read More

 

NAZA Expands to 43 Sites This Fall

We began our fifth full school year on Monday, September 15, and we are excited to expand to serve students from 26 middle schools this fall! With the addition of the new McGavock Zone, some brand new Anchor Partners, and an ever-expanding roster of great Enhancement Partners, we are anticipating our best year yet. To see all of our Anchor Partners, Enhancement Partners, and program information for all of our 43 sites, please visit our Zone Pages.

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