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!”
Thanks to our partner Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, students attending NAZA sites located at an MNPS middle school will now receive an afterschool meal each day they attend the program! "We've got a great need for afterschool programming," Apollo Middle School Principal Jon Hubble said. "To have the added benefit of the meal and the tutoring, there's nothing about this that isn't a win-win."Read More
A unique data partnership between Metro Schools and NAZA has made Nashville a leader in afterschool programming. The school district and the mayor's office are using data to increase the benefits of NAZA programs for Nashville's middle school students. On August 14 and 15, 80 MNPS school leaders and NAZA afterschool providers gathered to develop plans to proactively use student and program data to shape academic time after school...Read More
At the end of each fall semester, each NAZA site hosts a showcase for family members and friends of the students. These showcases give students a great opportunity to demonstrate what they have been learning, practicing, building, or creating during the semester in their NAZA program. Performances often include visual art, dance, STEP, songs, poetry, and many other activities. Please visit the Zone pages for a listing of showcase dates and times for the NAZA sites. We hope you can join us!Read More
Mayor Karl Dean visited students at the NAZA sites at Apollo Middle School last week, and shared an afterschool meal with them before visiting their programs. Here is an article from the Tennessean detailing the mayor's visit and the afterschool meals now being served at NAZA sites at MNPS schools.Read More