Trainings are free for all youth development professionals and include positive youth development, youth leadership, civil rights, mindfulness, self-care/wellness, and more!

NAZA Professional Development Calendar Now Available! Click here for the training calendar!

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.

OUR MISSION
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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 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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Check out this great virtual teen summit hosted by NAZA partner Moves & Grooves, Inc.! Nashville Public Library Nashville Public Library Foundation Nashville Now Metro Nashville Public Schools Mnps CommAchieves Tennessee Afterschool Network MNPS FamiliesTo kick off Women's History Month, we will be hosting an evening of girl talk. If you are a mother, daughter, sister, aunt, or friend of a teenager, you don't want to miss this discussion.The Moves & Grooves teen summit will feature a live testimonial from Cyntoia Brown-Long, as well as breakout sessions as we learn the warning signs of unhealthy relationships and about how to keep our girls safe. We will also be giving out some prizes!This virtual event is free and open to the public and is made possible through our partnerships with Metro Nashville Public Schools, Pencil Foundation, Epic Girl, and our community partners.Register now here: www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-teen-summit-girls-talk-featuring-cyntoia-brown-long-tickets-14258771... ...
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Timeline PhotosCheck out who's joining the summer learning conversation during our Summer Bootcamp: Get Ready for Summer Series, happening March 1-5, 2021! You won't want to miss this lineup of education, research, and media experts. Register today: conta.cc/3av2GkM ...
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Metro Nashville middle schoolers, come join CFI! We are a virtual afterschool program that offers tutoring and enrichment services that allow for improved grades and improved skills in areas other than school work! We can't wait to see you here! Details below. #inform #inspire

After years of great leadership and support of young men across the Nashville area , @BIMNash is now an all-inclusive program with the mission to Educate, Engage, and Empower ALL STUDENTS!! Way to go, @BIMNash @ashfordhughes @CommAchieves

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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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