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The Nashville After Zone Alliance (NAZA) is a partnership among the Mayor’s Office, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools and youth-serving groups to coordinate afterschool programming for middle school students in Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County. It was launched in 2010 by Mayor Karl Dean and continues to be incubated in the Mayor’s office.

NAZA’s network of established after-school providers are divided into geographically based After Zones or “Z”s, each of which provides Metro 5th - 8th grade students access to afterschool programs that offer meaningful enrichment activities in safe and structured environments. Each Z offers unique programming, but all of the programs share a commitment to:

  • Believing in each student’s ability to succeed in school and beyond
  • Providing activities and experiences that enrich students’ lives
  • Providing high-quality programming utilizing a Positive Youth Development approach
  • Eliminating transportation and financial barriers for students and families who want to participate
  • Using a nationally-recognized continuous program quality improvement process, including professional development provided by NAZA
  • Using real-time data to make strategic decisions for NAZA, its providers, and their students.

NAZA’s After Zone model is patterned after successful efforts in other cities—notably Providence, Rhode Island. NAZA’s first “Z” was launched in 2010 with a $400,000 appropriation from the Metro government budget. The network has grown into a public-private partnership and expanded to two additional zones, with a fourth scheduled to launch in Fall 2013. In the 2011-2012 school year, NAZA served 562 students, effectively doubling the number of students participating in structured afterschool programs in those areas. Continued support from the Metro government and a recent grant from The Wallace Foundation are supporting NAZA’s expansion efforts, which will enable it to serve 1,100 students by 2015.