Nashville After Zone Alliance

What are the target goals?

In an effort to close the achievement gap and increase the high school graduation rate in Nashville, city leaders launched the Nashville After Zone Alliance (NAZA) in 2010. This high-quality afterschool program network serves middle school students (grades 5-8) as an expanded learning system.  Middle school performance is a key indicator of high school success, and NAZA aims to keep higher risk students engaged by nurturing a passion for learning and adequately preparing them for the rigors of high school.

Since its inception, NAZA has evolved into a robust public-private partnership that owes much of its success to the use of an effective management information system (MIS). NAZA has focused its energy on building an infrastructure to support high quality afterschool programs and has established a citywide MIS that tracks the city's afterschool enrollment and participation and facilitates analysis of the effectiveness of afterschool programs on student achievement.

Who are the partners?

  • NAZA's citywide MIS is built from three elements, two of them hosted by the Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) and the third developed by the Information Technology Services Department of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville (Metro ITS). These elements include:   The MNPS student unit record system, which generates rosters for each afterschool program offered through NAZA;

  •    The NAZA data system, developed and maintained by Metro ITS, where program staff log student participation; and

  •   The MNPS data warehouse, the school district's data warehouse receives streams of information from the student unit record system and from the NAZA database and uses both for reporting and analysis.

NAZA contracts with a Coordinating Agency to establish each After Zone. 

Current Coordinating Agencies are:

Anchor Partners oversee individual afterschool sites and must meet threshold tests of program quality. 

Current Anchor Partners are: Beech Creek Ministries, Inc.

  • Bethlehem Centers of Nashville

  • Boys & Girls Club of Middle Tennessee

  • Center for Refugees and Immigrants of Tennessee

  • Conexion Americas

  • Edgehill Neighborhood Partnership

  • Global Outreach Development International

  • Martha O'Bryan Center

  • Metro Parks (Coleman, Hartman)

  • Moves & Grooves

  • Nashville International Center for Empowerment

  • PENCIL Foundation


  • YMCA of Middle Tennessee

  • YWCA of Nashville

 How is the effort financed?

  • The James Stephen Turner Family Foundation

  • Second Harvest Food Bank, the Metro Action Commission, and Metro Schools

  • The Forum for Youth Investment and Ready by 21.

  • The Metro Arts Commission

  • The YMCA of Middle Tennessee

  • The Wallace Foundation

When was the program launched? 

The Nashville After Zone Alliance (NAZA) was launched in 2010. In the 2012-2013 school year, NAZA served 859 middle school students. Since NAZA's first Zone opened in 2010, NAZA has engaged 5,000 middle school students in its first 5 years. Over that period, NAZA has expanded to 5 geographic Zones with 44 sites providing extended learning opportunities to students from 25 MNPS middle schools. In July of 2014, NAZA became a part of the Nashville Public Library. 

Other details 

Nashville schools that coordinate with NAZA have reported increased participation in afterschool tutoring. Additionally, rates within the areas of youth engagement and positive peer interaction have increased, according to program quality measurements. NAZA's focus on data management and data sharing, and the partnership and support of the Metro Nashville Public Schools has helped make Nashville's coordinated system of afterschool programming a paradigm for other cities. Since 2009, NAZA has provided over 11,000 hours of professional development free of charge to 2,475 staff members from 111 youth-serving organizations in Middle Tennessee.

Nashville After Zone Alliance (NAZA) 
"This is NAZA"

NLC Staff Contact Bela Shah Spooner
Program Manager, Afterschool Initiative

 This post was last updated in June 2015 

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