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 2009 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 30 youth development organizations all working collaboratively to improve the learning experiences of youth. Learn more.
The need for NAZA is demonstrated by the following statistics:
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Youth Matters Gala & Showcase on June 8May 10, 2023
Submit Your Program to the OST LocatorApril 27, 2023
Youth Spotlight: NeemaApril 11, 2023
Welcome NAZA’s New Project CoordinatorApril 5, 2023
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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
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
The NAZA Program was such a blessing for my daughter and nephew (and of course many other teens). NAZA-funded programs and the adults that work with the teens really empower them for future success. I know that it makes a difference in many families including mine. Thank you so much!
Fran B., Parent
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
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
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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