Our Vision




NAZA’s vision is to expand Nashville’s network and capacity of youth service providers and help them create nurturing environments where youth feel socially and emotionally safe, where positive youth development principles prevail, and where learning is fun and engaging. We create an out-of-school-time culture where youth develop their full potential and feel empowered to learn about themselves and engage in their communities.

 

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Know a teen who is passionate about personal and/or community health? This may be a great opportunity for them! ...

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4 weeks ago

Nashville After Zone Alliance

Wow! We are feeling energized after a week chock-full of trainings.This week we offered 33 hours of training to 127 youth development professionals! We had an additional 50 folks on a waitlist..it's exciting to see the growing demand for youth development trainings! We started the week off right with a mindfulness training led by Ashley Ray of Habitat Yoga and as we speak we are closing out the week with a session facilitated by Louisa Avery where our NAZA Fellows are becoming certified in the Weikart Center's Youth Program Quality Assessment (YPQA), a tool that we use to measure program quality. Thank you to all who participated, all of our trainers (Ashley Ray, Dr. Danielle Barton, Jackie Hansom and Ann Saylor of Write Creations Group, LLC, and Louisa Avery), and all of the amazing organizations that hosted us: Metro Nashville Parks and Recreation (Coleman Park Community Center and Mccabe Park Community Center), Conexion Americas, and Nashville Technology Council). We've got MUCH more in store this year! ...

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For every child in an afterschool program, two are waiting to get in. As our kids head back to school, tell Congress that we need more funding for these programs! #AfterschoolWorks https://t.co/NmPaehFXKM

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Testimonial

"My son is high-functioning autistic, so I needed something that he enjoyed. It’s nice for me because I’m not as stressed out trying to make sure that he’s taken care of for that time after school. He loves NAZA and it keeps him active, and he’s made some friends already. I’ve had no problems with him coming home upset; he continually wants to come, be a part of it and do the extracurricular things with them."

NAZA Parent

2017-10-12T20:16:29+00:00

NAZA Parent

"My son is high-functioning autistic, so I needed something that he enjoyed. It’s nice for me because I’m not as stressed out trying to make sure that he’s taken care of for that time after school. He loves NAZA and it keeps him active, and he’s made some friends already. I’ve had no problems with him coming home upset; he continually wants to come, be a part of it and do the extracurricular things with them."

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“Our previous afterschool program was just hanging at a community center, but it was nothing instructional. It was just a place to keep you for a little bit. NAZA is very instructional for the kids, and I think it will take them a long way in life.”

NAZA Parent

2017-10-12T20:18:46+00:00

NAZA Parent

“Our previous afterschool program was just hanging at a community center, but it was nothing instructional. It was just a place to keep you for a little bit. NAZA is very instructional for the kids, and I think it will take them a long way in life.”

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“Being a single mom, working full time, and by the time I get home and cook dinner, the time is gone, so I’m more at ease because he’s being taught, and they do homework. The staff have been great. They are very enthusiastic and talk to me and make sure I understand what’s happening.”

NAZA Parent

2017-10-12T20:19:53+00:00

NAZA Parent

“Being a single mom, working full time, and by the time I get home and cook dinner, the time is gone, so I’m more at ease because he’s being taught, and they do homework. The staff have been great. They are very enthusiastic and talk to me and make sure I understand what’s happening.”

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