The Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) exists to end generational poverty in North Minneapolis using education as a lever.
NAZ operates as a strategy across more than 40 local nonprofits and schools with the shared goal of permanently closing the achievement gap and ending generational poverty in North Minneapolis.
NAZ and partners align resources that holistically address gaps and needs related to education, housing, career and finance, and health to support children’s academic success. In this model, parents are gaining the support and skills they need to lead themselves out of poverty.
NAZ serves as the “backbone” for the collaboration, employing the NAZ Family Achievement Coaches, Academic Specialists, and wraparound-support specialists (subject matter experts in various areas of cross-partner support) who work directly with families. In addition, NAZ facilitates consistent communication among partners, and provides the centralized data tracking system utilized by NAZ and partner staff.