NAZA Youth Leaders Secure Grant Funding in National Competition

Representatives from NAZA’s Youth In Action! once more traveled across the country to present their work at a national convening of youth leaders and youth development professionals. Hosted by Every Hour Counts in partnership with Youthprise and Greentrike, the Youth Powered Conference brought youth leaders from 6 cities to Chicago to discuss the future of afterschool programs and submit proposals for funding from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.

Nashville’s team consists of 9 young people, age 12-19, who have been working with NAZA for the past 7 months on how youth want to reimagine afterschool. The youth leaders did extensive research and work in the community to create a proposal to enhance and build upon programs in Nashville. Their proposal focused on youth leadership, life skills, and peer-based school support.

The six youth teams voted on how to distribute funds from the Mott Foundation, and Nashville’s proposal was awarded 3rd place, securing a $15,000 grant for the implementation of their project.