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


Shayne | NAZ parent, enrolling in empowerment classes allowed her to take a different approach to raising her adopted daughter

"I'm proud that I took the classes and what I used from them actually made life better for my daughter. Foundations helped me understand that I didn't know what was going on — and something was going on. I don't know if I would have seen that if I wouldn't have taken the class.

And I took Foundations a second time because I loved it. (The first time I understood it, but the second time I got it!) I learned to stop and ask "am I seeing the full picture or am I just relying on what I know from raising my other children?" I've never raised a kid that was adopted; their mindset is so different. You have a circle of love and you're standing in the middle, but of all the people that are giving you that love, no one is from your family. It taught me to help her understand that it doesn't matter who your parents are, that you have to develop who you are.

Andre taught me to look a little bit deeper and that it was ok that if I could not correct the problem on my own, that it was ok to get some help and how to find the right person to bring in.

It takes a village to raise a child.

What my daughter knows is that she's in love with everyone at NAZ, and she sees them almost every day. She's more positive and focused on her academics now. I think she cared more about trying to figure out this other part of her life than she did anything else; so now she's been able to let things go and understand that this is her world. She more herself and it did change her. "

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