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.
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 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.
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 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!
“Being a single mom, working full time, and by the time I get home and cook dinner, the time is gone, so I’m more at ease because he’s being taught, and they do homework. The staff have been great. They are very enthusiastic and talk to me and make sure I understand what’s happening.”
“Our previous afterschool program was just hanging at a community center, but it was nothing instructional. It was just a place to keep you for a little bit. NAZA is very instructional for the kids, and I think it will take them a long way in life.”
“My son is high-functioning autistic, so I needed something that he enjoyed. It’s nice for me because I’m not as stressed out trying to make sure that he’s taken care of for that time after school. He loves NAZA and it keeps him active, and he’s made some friends already. I’ve had no problems with him coming home upset; he …