Most programs will start virtually. Some community-based programs offer an in-person option.

Online Registration for Afterschool Programs Opens August 14th Learn More

Trainings are free for all youth development professionals in Davidson County and include Introduction to Positive Youth Development, Social & Emotional Learning, Implicit Bias, Storytelling, and much more!

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

Our Summer 2020 Newsletter is now available and includes free trainings and events, highlights from summer programs, and ways to get involved with NAZA's Youth in Action!

Catch Up with NAZA! Click here for the newsletter!

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
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Most programs will start virtually. Sign up for our email list to get a reminder when online registration is live!

Online Registration for Afterschool Programs Opens August 14th Join NAZA Email List

Most programs will start virtually. Sign up for our email list to get a reminder when online registration is live!

Online Registration for Afterschool Programs Opens August 14th Join NAZA Email List

Trainings are free for all youth development professionals in Davidson County and include Introduction to Positive Youth Development, Social & Emotional Learning, Implicit Bias, Storytelling, and much more!

Catch Up with NAZA! Click here for complete event listings!
 



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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ICYMI: NAZA's Fall Professional Development Calendar is now available! All trainings are free to youth development professionals in Nashville. Coming up this month: Virtual Supports for Community Partners, Introduction to Positive Youth Development, and Youth Program Quality Assessment Basics. Visit our website here to sign up: nashvillez.org/professional-development/category/trainings-calendar/ Metro Nashville Public Schools Nashville Public Library Every Hour Counts Tennessee Afterschool Network Martha O'Bryan Center Conexion Americas Backfield in Motion, Inc. Beech Creek Missionary Baptist Church DYMON in the Rough Nonprofit Organization From The Heart International Educational Services Global Outreach Developments Int'l Moves and Grooves DNF Studio Nations Ministry YMCA of Middle Tennessee Oasis Center ...

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Save the date! This Friday, August 14th, online registration for afterschool programs will be available on the NAZA website. We've partnered with nearly 20 organizations to offer FREE programming to youth at 29 middle schools across the city. Most programs will start virtual, though a few community-based organizations will offer social-distanced in-person options. Tag a parent or friend who needs to know! Nashville Public Library Nashville Public Library Foundation Metro Nashville Public Schools Tennessee Afterschool Network ...

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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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