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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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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Digital Animation at NAZA NE site

Many students in the NE Zone have enjoyed creating digital animation videos with the Digital Learning Labs from the Adventure Science Center. The labs bring computers and technology to the sites, and students participate in great hands-on learning experiences!

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Meeting afterschool needs in NW Zone

An exciting new partnership between NAZA NW, the Pencil Foundation CEP program, and Premier West apartments has established a new NAZA program serving up to 20 HG Hill students who live at Premier West.  Apartment Manager, Tessa, contacted NAZA because parents had consistently highlighted the need for a safe place for middle school students to be after school and before their parent's finished work...

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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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Digital Animation at NAZA NE site

Many students in the NE Zone have enjoyed creating digital animation videos with the Digital Learning Labs from the Adventure Science Center. The labs bring computers and technology to the sites, and students participate in great hands-on learning experiences!

Read More

 

Meeting afterschool needs in NW Zone

An exciting new partnership between NAZA NW, the Pencil Foundation CEP program, and Premier West apartments has established a new NAZA program serving up to 20 HG Hill students who live at Premier West.  Apartment Manager, Tessa, contacted NAZA because parents had consistently highlighted the need for a safe place for middle school students to be after school and before their parent's finished work...

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