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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Join Us for our 5th Annual Showcase

Our 5th Annual Showcase will be held on Saturday, April 11, at Whites Creek High School. Your are invited to visit our student art displays, view incredible student performances, participate in Field Day activities, and also attend a Community Health Fair and Academy Showcases hosted by Whites Creek High School. We hope you can join us!

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Celebrating 5 Years and 5,000 Students

Since NAZA's first Zone opened in 2010, NAZA has engaged 5,000 middle school students in its first 5 years! Mayor Karl Dean launched NAZA to provide a much needed system of afterschool supports for Nashville's middle school youth. Over the past 5 years, NAZA has expanded to 5 geographic Zones with 44 sites providing extended learning opportunities to students from 25 MNPS middle schools. In July of 2014, NAZA became a part of the Nashville Public Library, and we are very excited as we look ahead to our next 5 years!

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This Is NAZA

We are happy to release a newly published case study describing our 5-year journey establishing a city-wide afterschool sytem in Nashville! From our pilot semester serving students from 4 schools in the spring of 2010 to our expansion to 25 schools in the fall of 2014, "This is NAZA" shares our successes, challenges, and the lessons we have learned along the way. Thank you to the Wallace Foundation for providing the support for this study.

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11,000 Hours: NAZA's Commitment to High-Quality Youth Programs

From the beginning NAZA has been passionate about contributing to student success, promoting the 5 Principles of Positive Youth Development, and supporting high-quality programs for Nashville youth. We believe that strengthening the quality of youth programs in Nashville is a great investment for the future of our great city. And since 2009, NAZA has provided over 11,000 hours of professional development free of charge to 2,475 staff members from 111 youth-serving organizations in Middle Tennessee. Special thanks to Louisa Avery, Field Consultant Trainer with the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality, and Susan Ragsdale, co-founder of the Center for Asset Development, who have led the majority of the workshops!

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Join Us for our 5th Annual Showcase

Our 5th Annual Showcase will be held on Saturday, April 11, at Whites Creek High School. Your are invited to visit our student art displays, view incredible student performances, participate in Field Day activities, and also attend a Community Health Fair and Academy Showcases hosted by Whites Creek High School. We hope you can join us!

Read More

 

Celebrating 5 Years and 5,000 Students

Since NAZA's first Zone opened in 2010, NAZA has engaged 5,000 middle school students in its first 5 years! Mayor Karl Dean launched NAZA to provide a much needed system of afterschool supports for Nashville's middle school youth. Over the past 5 years, NAZA has expanded to 5 geographic Zones with 44 sites providing extended learning opportunities to students from 25 MNPS middle schools. In July of 2014, NAZA became a part of the Nashville Public Library, and we are very excited as we look ahead to our next 5 years!

Read More

 

This Is NAZA

We are happy to release a newly published case study describing our 5-year journey establishing a city-wide afterschool sytem in Nashville! From our pilot semester serving students from 4 schools in the spring of 2010 to our expansion to 25 schools in the fall of 2014, "This is NAZA" shares our successes, challenges, and the lessons we have learned along the way. Thank you to the Wallace Foundation for providing the support for this study.

Read More

 

11,000 Hours: NAZA's Commitment to High-Quality Youth Programs

From the beginning NAZA has been passionate about contributing to student success, promoting the 5 Principles of Positive Youth Development, and supporting high-quality programs for Nashville youth. We believe that strengthening the quality of youth programs in Nashville is a great investment for the future of our great city. And since 2009, NAZA has provided over 11,000 hours of professional development free of charge to 2,475 staff members from 111 youth-serving organizations in Middle Tennessee. Special thanks to Louisa Avery, Field Consultant Trainer with the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality, and Susan Ragsdale, co-founder of the Center for Asset Development, who have led the majority of the workshops!

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