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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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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latest Newssdf

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.

Read More

 

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.”

Read More

 

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

 

see More

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