Coordinating Agencies

NAZA contracts with a Coordinating Agency to establish each After Zone.  This Coordinating Agency is an established and qualified provider responsible for ensuring that high-quality comprehensive afterschool programming is delivered on-site at middle schools (or at convenient alternative sites where preferable) and for connecting these programs with other community-based providers.  The Coordinating Agency implements the coordinated scheduling, marketing, recruitment, tracking, and transportation processes developed by NAZA.  The Coordinating Agency uses its knowledge of the resources and barriers in that geographic area to maximize effectiveness of these processes and of implementation of the After Zone as a whole.

Each Coordinating Agency hires a Zone director whose sole responsibilities will relate to establishing and supporting a successful zone.

Our Current Coordinating Agencies are:

Anchor Partners

Anchor Partners oversee individual afterschool sites and must meet threshold tests of program quality. They also agree to participate in professional development and formal assessment aimed at program improvement. NAZA provides base funding to experienced afterschool providers who are members of the NAZA network of “Anchor Partners.”

Employment Opportunities:  If you are interested in helping youth develop and build their skills, please visit our Anchor Partners pages below for current employment opportunities.

Our Current Anchor Partners are:                                                                          

Enhancement Partners or Volunteers

NAZA is always seeking to collaborate with individuals and organizations that can offer enriching activities to middle school students within the afterschool context. Teaching artists, health educators, yoga and martial arts teachers, spoken word literacy teachers, career exploration and life skills experts --all are needed at NAZA sites, both as volunteers and as NAZA Enhancement Partners.

Our Current Enhancement Partners are:

  • Adventure Science Center
  • Belcourt Theatre
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Middle TN
  • Bike Workshop at Oasis Center
  • Boxing Resource Center
  • Cycling Causes
  • Dream Center
  • Engineering for Kids
  • Frist Center for the Visual Arts
  • Homework Hotline
  • iJam
  • iStep Kidz
  • Junior Achievement of Nashville
  • Kids Yoga Nashville
  • Knowledge Bank
  • LETS Play
  • Mr. Bond & The Science Guys
  • Nashville Ballet
  • Nashville Public Health Dept
  • Nashville Children's Theatre
  • Nashville Public Library
  • Nashville Opera
  • Nashville Shakespeare Festival
  • Nashville Symphony
  • Platetone & Turnip Green Creative ReUse
  • Rekindled Dreams
  • Rocketown
  • Saliba Dance
  • Southern Word
  • Street Theatre Company
  • Tennessee Code Academy
  • YEAH! Rock Block

Our Funding Partners

NAZA uses a systems approach so that it can stretch dollars further while engaging more young people.  However, high-quality programs are expensive, especially  when they provide transportation and are offered at no cost.  NAZA would not exist without the unwavering financial support of Mayor Karl Dean and the Metro Council, along with the substantial in-kind support of Metro Schools.

NAZA is thriving today because so many have offered their support:

  • The James Stephen Turner Family Foundation made expansion into the second afterzone possible.

  • The Wallace Foundation, through its Next Generation Afterschool System Building Initiative, is providing financial resources and technical assistance to bring 3 more afterzones online and to position NAZA for sustainability.

  • Second Harvest Food Bank, the Metro Action Commission, and Metro Schools have all enrolled in the federal Afterschool Meals program so that NAZA students can get a healthy meal after school. The National League of Cities provided the technical assistance.

  • The Forum for Youth Investment is supporting NAZA’s participation in the Expanded Learning Initiative evaluation project and offers ongoing technical assistance through Ready by 21.

  • The Metro Arts Commission created a special fund for Afterschool Arts Projects so that young people can learn from professional teaching artists after school.

  • The YMCA of Middle Tennessee provides facilities for NAZA’s professional development activities.  All the of the Coordinating Agencies, Anchor Partners, and Enhancement Partners contribute in-kind support in countless ways.

  • Local universities, including Belmont, Lipscomb, Tennessee State University, and Vanderbilt, are the pipelines for caring young adult tutors and mentors.

  • Finally The Wallace Foundation, the National League of Cities, and the Every Hour Counts are mentoring NAZA through exposure to system-building practices and policies across the country.