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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NAZA Joins Nashville Public Library

On July 1, 2014, NAZA moved from the Mayor's Office of Children and Youth to become a part of the Nashville Public Library. This move helps to ensure NAZA's sustainability and provides avenues to bring NPL's vast literacy resources to the NAZA afterschool sites.

“Afterschool is a lifesaver for many of our children,” said Mayor Karl Dean. “I am proud of the work we have done to boost access to meaningful academic and enrichment activities through the Nashville After Zone Alliance. I look forward to NAZA continuing its vital work as part of a great organization like Nashville Public Library, which is strongly focused on supporting our children’s education.”

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NAZA Dates for 2014-15 School Year

NAZA sites serve youth for 24 weeks (12 in the fall semester, 12 in the spring semester) during the school year.

Fall Semester: September 15-December 18

Spring Semester: January 12-April17

Our sites follow the MNPS calendar for holidays, breaks, and weather closings.

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Mayor Dean visits NAZA sites at Apollo Middle School

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. 

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NAZA Expands to 19 MNPS Middle Schools

With its launch in the spring of 2010, NAZA began serving students at 4 middle schools in East Nashville. This school year, over 1,100 MNPS middle school students will attend NAZA afterschool sites! With the addition of Zones in South Nashville, North Nashville and Antioch over the past 3 years, 31 NAZA sites are providing supports to students at 19 middle schools this year.

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NAZA Joins Nashville Public Library

On July 1, 2014, NAZA moved from the Mayor's Office of Children and Youth to become a part of the Nashville Public Library. This move helps to ensure NAZA's sustainability and provides avenues to bring NPL's vast literacy resources to the NAZA afterschool sites.

“Afterschool is a lifesaver for many of our children,” said Mayor Karl Dean. “I am proud of the work we have done to boost access to meaningful academic and enrichment activities through the Nashville After Zone Alliance. I look forward to NAZA continuing its vital work as part of a great organization like Nashville Public Library, which is strongly focused on supporting our children’s education.”

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NAZA Dates for 2014-15 School Year

NAZA sites serve youth for 24 weeks (12 in the fall semester, 12 in the spring semester) during the school year.

Fall Semester: September 15-December 18

Spring Semester: January 12-April17

Our sites follow the MNPS calendar for holidays, breaks, and weather closings.

Read More

 

Mayor Dean visits NAZA sites at Apollo Middle School

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

 

NAZA Expands to 19 MNPS Middle Schools

With its launch in the spring of 2010, NAZA began serving students at 4 middle schools in East Nashville. This school year, over 1,100 MNPS middle school students will attend NAZA afterschool sites! With the addition of Zones in South Nashville, North Nashville and Antioch over the past 3 years, 31 NAZA sites are providing supports to students at 19 middle schools this year.

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