Meet NAZA’s Youth Advisor, Allie Duke!

Hi, I’m Allie Duke, NAZA’s Youth Advisor since Summer 2019. I first started with NAZA back in Fall 2017. Ever since I was a freshman in high school, I have been volunteering with Nations Ministry Center, a NAZA-funded program, by tutoring refugee middle school youth at McMurray Middle School. After getting to know them more during snack times, I was …

NAZA Employment Opportunity: Program Coordinator

Join the NAZA team and make a difference in the lives of Nashville’s youth! NAZA is hiring a new Program Coordinator, who is responsible for managing NAZA’s federal and state grants and the associated grant-funded projects.  This person provides day-to-day management of grant-funded initiatives and will serve as the lead for reporting and compliance activities associated with NAZA.  Read the …

Celebrating Afterschool

Each year in October the Afterschool Alliance celebrates “Lights on Afterschool” to highlight the achievements of the 10 million students in afterschool programs across the country. This year NAZA joined thousands of other communities in this celebration through our “Lights on in the Library” event. Several Metro Schools librarians volunteered to stay after school to host our afterschool students in …

Fall Newsletter

From Ziplines and a bicycle blender to reading mentors and a donation of 1,000 books, our Fall Newsletter covers it all! Sign up here to have our newsletter delivered directly to your inbox.

World Read-Aloud Day

Several NAZA sites will be celebrating “World Read-Aloud Day” this Wednesday after school. You can also celebrate by reading a poem or favorite book passage aloud to friends, family members, fellow students, or co-workers

Poetry Contest Winners

We’re excited to announce the winners of our 2nd Annual Poetry Contest. These students’ poems were selected from nearly 100 entries. Thanks to all who contributed their poems! The overall winner’s poem is pictured below. Overall Winner: Tamaria Anderson, 7th Grade, YMCA Haynes Runner-Up: Matthew Whitman, 6th Grade, Paradise Ridge Honorable Mention: Lissandro Iglesias, 5th Grade, Apollo CRIT Honorable Mention: …

A Partnership to Support English Learners

This school year NAZA and the MNPS Office of English Learners have partnered to support EL students beyond school hours. This pilot program pairs a NAZA site with an EL teacher who facilitates guided reading and writing activities that strengthen the knowledge base students are building in their classrooms.

NAZA & MNPS Share Data to Improve Student Outcomes

When school districts and afterschool systems partner together, it improves outcomes for the students they serve. “MNPS and NAZA work together to ensure that the city’s afterschool programs are responsive to the unique needs of their students and communities. Because of NAZA’s commitment to effective data use, students receive targeted supports that result in improved academic outcomes.” We’re proud to …

A New NAZA Year Begins

On August 29, 44 NAZA-sponsored sites began the new school year serving students from 26 Nashville middle schools. Thanks to additional funding from Mayor Barry and Metro Council, NAZA was able to expand its services from 24 to 28 weeks to better support students and families. We’re excited to continue to support high-quality afterschool opportunities for our 7th year!

NAZA Celebrates Literacy & “Lights On Afterschool”

In October students in NAZA sites across the city celebrated “Lights on Afterschool” with afterschool programs across the country. Students also used the celebration to highlight literacy in afterschool by taking photos with their favorite books, or writing about their favorite books. Contest winners received a book of their choice as well as another popular title for middle schoolers selected by NAZA’s …