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Anchor Partners

Anchor Partners oversee individual afterschool sites and must meet threshold tests of program quality. They also agree to participate in professional development and formal assessment aimed at program improvement. NAZA provides base funding to experienced afterschool providers who are members of the NAZA network of “Anchor Partners.”

Employment Opportunities: If you are interested in helping youth develop and build their skills, please visit our Anchor Partners pages below for current employment opportunities.

Affiliate Partners

In an effort to scale up the amount of high-quality expanded learning opportunities available for youth in Nashville, NAZA is piloting a new partnership tier called Affiliate Partners. These partners receive in-kind access to professional development in positive youth development and the Youth Program Quality Assessment (YPQA) tool, as well as program evaluation, via pre- and post- YPQA external assessments, and other resources. (They do not, however, receive program funding through NAZA.) The pilot seeks to scale up the usage of program quality standards that NAZA-funded partners have successfully utilized over the past seven years to improve the quality of their programs.

Enhancement Partners

NAZA is always seeking to collaborate with individuals and organizations that can offer enriching activities to middle school students within the afterschool context. Teaching artists, health educators, yoga and martial arts teachers, spoken word literacy teachers, career exploration, and life skills experts — all are needed at NAZA sites, both as volunteers and as NAZA Enhancement Partners.

Click on any enhancement partner name below for their website and more information


A2D Soccer
A2D Soccer is a youth soccer development program created and coached by former US Olympian Brent Goulet. We focus on teaching players individual skills of soccer – agility, dribbling, defending, cuts & moves, 1v1 competition – all in a group setting with every player using a ball.

Art Workshops & Culinary Classes
Marlynda Augelli offers art workshops in several mediums: Relief printmaking, block printing, silkscreen printing, water color, acrylic painting, imagination mask making, and fabric tie dye. All necessary equipment is provided. She also offer culinary classes. Contact her at maugelli@charter.net

Belcourt Theatre
The Belcourt Theatre, Nashville’s nonprofit film center, uses great movies to teach visual literacy and film concepts while sparking discussion about a variety of subjects. With our Mobile Movie Theatre, we create a screening room wherever we go. Whether it’s animated, foreign language or documentary films, we celebrate the art of cinema while learning more about the world and ourselves.

Code Ignite
With the help of Vanderbilt student volunteers, Code Ignite provides free programs to teach basic computer programming to Nashville youth. Our goal is to foster enthusiasm about computer science in young people and introduce them to career opportunities
available in tech fields. Programs run once a week for 6 weeks.

Drumming Workshops & Music
Drum workshops; bilingual education in the drumming department; hand drums; musical therapy.

FineArtsMatter is a regional
organization that specializes in providing after-school enrichment music classes for students of all ages. We are excited to offer NAZA’s Anchor Partners and their students our exciting and engaging Guitar Club course!

Frist Center for the Visual Arts
The Frist Center has recently launched FristKids.org, a fun new kid-centric website filled with engaging at-home art activities, videos, family programs and a digital portfolio.

Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee
We give young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. Our corporate and community volunteers deliver relevant, hands-on experience.

Our mission is to use sports to help immigrant and refugee students improve their communication skills, language level, and ultimately, their ability to be confident and healthy members of their schools and communities.

Mr. Bond and the Science Guys
The Science Guys present science shows for large groups or hands-on science workshops for up to 30 children at a time. We offer activities weekly or monthly or as needed. The Science Guys have been a NAZA partner since 2014.

Nashville Children’s Theater
NCT provides instruction in acting fundamentals and script devising. Sessions include theatre arts games and exercises targeted at developing these skills, with each session building on the last. Sessions highly participatory, with students learning to engage as characters and explore improvised situations, often with a performance to showcase their ideas.

Nashville Symphony
Our program includes an Instrument Petting Zoo, a Sound Lab Activity Day, multiple drum circle days, and Symphony Ensemble Visits/Performances.

The Porch / SLANT (Student Literary Artists of Nashville, TN)
SLANT is the youth programming arm of The Porch Writers’ Collective—a nonprofit center for writing based in Nashville, TN. Our mission is to provide area youth with opportunities to learn and practice creative writing. We want to help students love writing, value their personal voices, and discover a community of creative peers.

Southern Word
Through the literary and performing arts, Southern Word offers creative solutions for youth to build literacy and presentation skills and develop as leaders. We offer afterschool workshops in spoken word poetry/creative writing and music production.

United States Tennis Association (Tennessee)
USTA TN mission is to promote and develop the growth of tennis in Tennessee.

Urban Green Lab
Urban Green Lab is a local non-profit dedicated to teaching the Nashville community how to live sustainable, healthy lives. Our main educational tool is the Mobile
Lab, a sustainability classroom on wheels that travels to schools and youth programs.

Adventure Science Center
ASC will share hands-on science experiences designed to immerse students in STEM learning activities in which they will investigate challenges, collect and analyze data, solve problems and share their results.

AWAKE advocates for the advancement of women and kids through education and policy change. Our Healthy Relationships & Finances curriculum gives students tools to break cycles of violence and poverty by teaching healthy behavior toward people and $.

Cartooning & Illustration
This program will demonstrate and use the fundamentals of cartooning and cartoon illustration in a simple to understand real world techniques. Basic shapes will be used to create illustrations with encouragement for the students to use their creativity.

Cycling Causes
Afterschool enrichment programs are based off of a STEM program developed by USA BMX. The program is equal part education, and equal part athletics and exercise. The eight module curriculum gets kids having fun while learning important skills. Cycling causes provides bikes, safety gear, and tools so anyone can participate.

Engineering for Kids
Engineering for Kids offer FUN and hands on S.T.E.M after school, workshops and summer Enrichment programs to schools in the Greater Nashville Area. Programs are structured for kids ages 4-14 years and include aerospace engineering, robotics, civil engineering, mechanical, and game design.

The First Tee of Middle Tennessee
We provide a youth development program that teaches life skills through the game of golf. Our life skills curriculum focuses on the Nine Core Values and teach interpersonal skills, self-management skills, goal setting skills, and resistance skills.

I Can Fly
I CAN FLY is a character development program. We teach youth how to dream and set goals for the future, focusing on life skills such as self-esteem, self-empowerment, healthy decision-making, positive relationships, leadership development, and much more. We assist youth with homework and teach them character. It’s interactive so that youth can practice what they learn in the session.

Kids Yoga Nashville
Challenge your students with fun
and active yoga! Kids develop balance and coordination, increase self-awareness, make new friendships, learn to relax deeply, and cultivate their physical, mental and emotional skills and strengths.

Metro Water Services
We offer classroom programs and field trip to the drinking water and sewer plants. We teach students where our water comes from, how it gets to our houses, and what happens to the water after we use it.

Nashville Ballet
Nashville Ballet strives to promote dance as an essential and inspiring element of our community.

Nashville Shakespeare Festival
The Festival enriches and unifies our community with innovative and relevant productions along with empowering, participatory educational programs, setting the community standard of excellence in educational outreach and performances.

Oasis Bike Workshop
Youth participate in weekly workshops in which they custom build their own bicycle from the frame up, and are trained in bicycle safety and maintenance. Upon completion, each participant rides away with their own bicycle, as well as a new helmet, lock, lights, toolkit and a bit of grease under their fingernails as proof of their new skill set. This empowers them as advocates for alternative transportation, connects them to their city and promotes safe cycling in their communities as they use their new skills to help Empower. Rebuild. Ride On.

Setting the Stage Studios
We help students make original theatrical musicals and video comedy sketches.

Studio NPL
Studio NPL is a resource for STEAM activities. We offer a variety of workshops ranging from video and film production to 3D Printing and robotics.

United Way of Metropolitan Nashville
UWMN utilizes the SPARK™ after-school curriculum to develop, strengthen and encourage youth participation in consistent physical activity with an increased exposure to health and nutrition.

Life skills & mentorship; music & story-telling; healing.


Our Funding Partners

We are grateful for the support of Mayor Megan Barry, Metro Council, and in-kind support from Metro Nashville Public Schools. Other key supporters include:

Dan and Margaret Maddox Charitable Fund
Every Hour Counts
James Stephen Turner Family Foundation
Wallace Foundation