2019 RFP for NAZA Funding

Starting April 1st, the YMCA of Middle Tennessee (on behalf of NAZA) is seeking applications from qualified organizations to engage middle school youth in high-quality afterschool programs and operate as NAZA-funded partners for the 2019-2020 school year. NAZA-funded partners are experienced nonprofit or public entity afterschool providers that commit to meeting NAZA’s Minimum Standards (Annex 4) and agree to participate …

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 …

NAZA Featured in Report from National Commission on Social, Emotional and Academic Development

NAZA and its work to support the whole student is included as an exemplary approach to supporting students’ social, emotional, and academic development in the recently-released Aspen Institute Policy Agenda.  It is part of a national report by the prestigious The Aspen Institute National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development, that asserts that our nation is at a turning …

NAZA’s Data Partnership with MNPS Featured in Education Week

We are thrilled to be featured in the latest edition of Education week, which highlights our unique data-sharing partnership with MNPS. “There’s great value in this [data-sharing] program,” said Sharada Deaton, the executive principal of Wright Middle School. “This is a school where students come in with many needs—high poverty, 34 percent are English-learners, 14 percent are both English-learners and have …

NAZA to Present at Statewide Conference

We are pleased to announce that Shelba Waldron, NAZA Northeast Zone Director, will be presenting at the 6th Annual Systems of Care Across Tennessee (SOCAT) Conference this month! Her breakout session, Elevating the Youth Voice through After-School Programming, will be on Friday, 9/21 from 2:30-3:30pm.  This 2-day conference is free and offers 4 unique tracks: Infant and Early Childhood  |  …

NAZA Leader Awarded National Fellowship

Congratulations to Anna Harutyunyan, NAZA Coordinator, who is being recognized by the Riley Institute at Furman University! Anna is one of 16 leaders in the field of afterschool & expanded learning being awarded a prestigious White-Riley-Peterson (WRP) Policy Fellowship. This is a 10-month, national program is designed to equip leaders with a real-world understanding of policymaking for afterschool & expanded …

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: …