The Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) exists to permanently close the achievement gap and end generational poverty in North Minneapolis. Together with our partner organizations, we are walking side by side with low-income families as they put their children on a path to college.

NAZ has a game-changing approach that is closing the achievement gap. NAZ’s wraparound framework effectively supports low-income children of color so that they will graduate from high school prepared for college.

Northside Achievement Zone Welcomes New Chief Advancement Officer

The Northside Achievement Zone’s and its Board of Directors are pleased to announce that M. Taylor Edgerton will serve as NAZ’s Chief Advancement Officer (CAO), beginning on November 6. Read More


Ballmer Group Commits $10 million over 5 years to the Northside Achievement Zone

Ballmer Group – the philanthropic organization founded by former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and his wife Connie – has committed to a five-year, $10 million grant to the Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ). The grant is a major boost to NAZ’s transition toward a long-term, sustainable private-public partnership with individual contributors, community and corporate foundations, the state of Minnesota, and other public entities. Ballmer Group is widely recognized for its leadership in identifying and supporting innovative solutions to ending intergenerational poverty. Read More


General Mills and Target Commit $6M

Target Corporation and General Mills Foundation have recognized the NAZ collaborative with a total investment of $6 million—$1 million annually each over the next three years. Read More


Devon | NAZ Scholar at Henry, committed to Mesabi Range College last week and will be playing football

"I'm the first black male in my family to go to college, for a sport, and will be the second to graduate. Committing, I was nervous but excited; I felt that I was important and loved by my coaches, teammates, and classmates. Working with [my family achievement coach] Kani was the right fit. I'm the type of person that needs people on me about school and I already had a relationship with him from sports and coaching."

Congratulations Von Von! #NorthFaceFriday
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