We are now accepting partner applications for the 2021-2022 school year. Deadline to apply is Friday, June 4th at 5:00pm CT.

Call for Proposals for NAZA Partners Now Available! Click here for more information!

School-based afterschool programs are virtual until further notice. Some community-based programs offer an in-person option.

Afterschool Programs Open to All MNPS Middle Schoolers! Learn More and Apply Today

Youth In Action! is created and led by youth in Nashville. This year, they will be leading citywide initiatives and creating community projects in collaboration with middle school youth. Download our flyer for more information!

Now Recruiting High School Youth Community Leaders! Youth in Action! Recruitment Flyer

Based at the Nashville Public Library, NAZA’s mission is to strengthen free, high-quality expanded learning opportunities that prepare Nashville public school students to succeed in middle school and beyond.

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NAZA's Mission




NAZA’s mission is to increase youths’ equitable access to out-of-school time learning experiences that help youth thrive and develop to their full potential. Launched in 2010 by Mayor Karl Dean, the Nashville After Zone Alliance (NAZA) is a partnership between the Nashville Public Library, Metro Nashville Public Schools, the Mayor’s Office, and over 20 youth development organizations all working collaboratively to improve the learning experiences of youth.

 

The need for NAZA is demonstrated by the following statistics:



NAZA’s mission is to increase equitable access to afterschool and summer learning experiences that help youth thrive and develop to their full potential. We do this by:

  • Investing funds in afterschool and summer programs citywide for middle school youth.

  • Capacity-building • Strengthening the capacity of the youth-serving community through professional development, evaluation services, and technical assistance to impact the learning experiences of youth.

  • Convening the larger youth-serving community in Nashville to strategically mobilize and leverage resources.

  • Advocating for increased investment in the holistic development of youth.

  • Empowering youth through initiatives that cultivate their leadership and life skills, connect them to positive relationships, and inspire their love for learning.



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Timeline PhotosBGCMT is EXCITED to announce the launch of our new Summer Code Academy!This innovative NO-COST summer experience is designed to teach coding concepts through the Apple learning curriculum. Register today and learn the language that runs the internet.📆 June 1-July 23🏕 Week-Long camps⌚ 8am-12pm Enroll today: bgcmt.org/summer-code-academy/ ...
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Congratulations to youth and staff at Old Hickory Community Center for their Dreamers-inspired spring showcase with beautiful art displays, including drawings, paintings, and clay projects. We love your creativity and connections to the literacy growth practice from Nashville's Vision for Holistic Youth Development! Nashville Public Library Nashville Public Library Foundation Every Hour Counts Metro Nashville Public Schools Nashville Now Yuyi Morales Metro Nashville Parks and Recreation Tennessee Afterschool Network ...
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😎 Are you ready for an EPIC SUMMER?

Our summer programs are designed to ensure youth in rising grades 1st-12th maintain and gain skills during the summer months as well as have FUN!

Click the link below to learn more about our traditional summer ... https://bgcmt.org/summer-camp-2021/

Last week NAZA-funded Old Hickory @MetroParksNash hosted a Dreamers-themed showcase @yuyimorales would love! Beautiful drawings, painting, and clay projects and delicious Dreamers-themed by Cookie Maze. @NowatNPL @NPLFoundation @TNAfterschool @EveryHrCounts @JohnCooper4Nash

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TESTIMONIAL

NAZA keeps youth engaged by allowing them to learn, create, and have fun! Youth learned relationship-building and team building.  They also learned conflict resolution and matured as they started to handle conflict on their own.  The program allowed them to think outside the box. I was so impressed by what they were able to accomplish!

Tocarra C., Site Director, John Overton High School

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2018-09-24T13:15:18+00:00

Tocarra C., Site Director, John Overton High School

NAZA keeps youth engaged by allowing them to learn, create, and have fun! Youth learned relationship-building and team building.  They also learned conflict resolution and matured as they started to handle conflict on their own.  The program allowed them to think outside the box. I was so impressed by what they were able to accomplish!
I believe NAZA is important for our youth the help them discover new talents, career choices, and develop a sense of responsibility. NAZA allows youth to make mistakes in a safe atmosphere, allowing room for growth and healthy criticism of their work.

Jordan F., Teacher, Glencliff High School

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2018-09-24T13:15:48+00:00

Jordan F., Teacher, Glencliff High School

I believe NAZA is important for our youth the help them discover new talents, career choices, and develop a sense of responsibility. NAZA allows youth to make mistakes in a safe atmosphere, allowing room for growth and healthy criticism of their work.
NAZA prepares youth for real life through project-based learning. They pick up communication, organization, teamwork and time management skills that may not otherwise be addressed. While some parents teach these skills, the program explicitly outlines them to create an equal opportunity to youth.

Brandon S., Near Peer Coach, John Overton High School

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2018-09-24T13:16:06+00:00

Brandon S., Near Peer Coach, John Overton High School

NAZA prepares youth for real life through project-based learning. They pick up communication, organization, teamwork and time management skills that may not otherwise be addressed. While some parents teach these skills, the program explicitly outlines them to create an equal opportunity to youth.
NAZA helps youth understand responsibility and being with people who are different from them.  They get to know each other and to talk about themselves. They develop empathy while learning to collaborate with others. They get to be creative while problem solving.

Natalie B., Teacher, Hunters Lane High School

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2018-09-24T13:16:30+00:00

Natalie B., Teacher, Hunters Lane High School

NAZA helps youth understand responsibility and being with people who are different from them.  They get to know each other and to talk about themselves. They develop empathy while learning to collaborate with others. They get to be creative while problem solving.
NAZA teaches youth interpersonal skills, appreciation of art, empathy, and understanding of different cultures. It encourages them to follow their dreams, but with solid real world experience to chase down those dreams.

Galen F., Teacher, John Overton High School

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2018-09-24T13:16:54+00:00

Galen F., Teacher, John Overton High School

NAZA teaches youth interpersonal skills, appreciation of art, empathy, and understanding of different cultures. It encourages them to follow their dreams, but with solid real world experience to chase down those dreams.
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