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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What's a NAZA Site Like? Check Out our New Video!

Perhaps you're wondering what opportunities are available at our afterschool sites. Our Anchor Partners offer many different options for students, and our Enhancement Partners deliver fantastic learning opportunities that help students build skills and discover their potential. At our annual Showcase, students participate in field day activities, display visual art created at our sites, and perform dances, drumming, spoken word, and more. Metro Channel 3 created a great video which shows the many great things that middle school students are accomplishing in Nashville.

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Using Data to Meet Students' Needs in Nashville

Our data partnership with MNPS was most recently featured in the Forum for Youth Investment's ReadySnaps newsletter:

"When it comes to cooperation between schools and afterschool programs in Nashville, what was once unthinkable has become routine.
 
Throughout the year, public schools and out-of-school time (OST) providers share data about nearly 1,500 of the city’s neediest youth, including grades, formative assessment performance data, participation in afterschool programs and survey results about their developmental assets. And twice a year, dozens of school and OST staffers meet to talk about the data and how to use it to align services with student needs.
 
The arrangement puts Nashville on the cutting edge of the nationwide movement to strengthen collaboration between schools and OST providers. The National League of Cities declared that the partnership “has helped make Nashville’s coordinated system of afterschool programming a paradigm for other cities.” See the full article here.
 

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Volunteer Opportunities at NE Zone Sites

Are you interested in helping middle school students achieve literacy gains and academic success?! We are looking for volunteers to serve as reading coaches at our afterschool sites at Bailey, Isaac Litton, and Jere Baxter Middle Schools. Training is provided and ... 

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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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What's a NAZA Site Like? Check Out our New Video!

Perhaps you're wondering what opportunities are available at our afterschool sites. Our Anchor Partners offer many different options for students, and our Enhancement Partners deliver fantastic learning opportunities that help students build skills and discover their potential. At our annual Showcase, students participate in field day activities, display visual art created at our sites, and perform dances, drumming, spoken word, and more. Metro Channel 3 created a great video which shows the many great things that middle school students are accomplishing in Nashville.

Read More

 

Using Data to Meet Students' Needs in Nashville

Our data partnership with MNPS was most recently featured in the Forum for Youth Investment's ReadySnaps newsletter:

"When it comes to cooperation between schools and afterschool programs in Nashville, what was once unthinkable has become routine.
 
Throughout the year, public schools and out-of-school time (OST) providers share data about nearly 1,500 of the city’s neediest youth, including grades, formative assessment performance data, participation in afterschool programs and survey results about their developmental assets. And twice a year, dozens of school and OST staffers meet to talk about the data and how to use it to align services with student needs.
 
The arrangement puts Nashville on the cutting edge of the nationwide movement to strengthen collaboration between schools and OST providers. The National League of Cities declared that the partnership “has helped make Nashville’s coordinated system of afterschool programming a paradigm for other cities.” See the full article here.
 

Read More

 

Volunteer Opportunities at NE Zone Sites

Are you interested in helping middle school students achieve literacy gains and academic success?! We are looking for volunteers to serve as reading coaches at our afterschool sites at Bailey, Isaac Litton, and Jere Baxter Middle Schools. Training is provided and ... 

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. 

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