Our 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-serving organizations all working collaboratively to improve the learning experiences of youth.

 

The need for NAZA is demonstrated by the following statistics:



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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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We’ve got great news — NPL will once again offer checkouts of physical materials beginning Monday, June 8. And once we do, you can get the books you love without stepping out of your car. library.nashville.org/blog/2020/05/come-back-our-library-without-leaving-your-vehicle
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Come Back to Our Library, Without Leaving Your Vehicle!
We’ve got great news — NPL will once again offer checkouts of physical materials beginning Monday, June 8. And once we do, you can get the books you love without stepping out of your car. https://library.nashville.org/blog/2020/05/come-back-our-library-without-leaving-your-vehicle

On the Blog: @bpreese gives a behind the scenes look at how we took our after school program online -- learning hip hop choreography, digital escape rooms, and more. @nashville_Z
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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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