Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ)

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.

Our approach is working. NAZ-enrolled families are making remarkable strides. Our children are not only showing improved academic outcomes at key kindergarten and third grade benchmarks, but families are stabilizing their housing, employment, and health. These early successes are already driving a culture change on the Northside.

Return on investment. A study by Wilder Research demonstrates that each dollar invested in NAZ provides more than a $6 societal return.


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 »


NAZ ​Honored With Minnesota’s Future Award!

NAZ is proud to be awarded Minnesota's Future Award by the Minnesota Business Partnership! ​Watch Video »


New Study Finds Every $1 Invested in NAZ Returns $6

Wilder Research released a study that projects a societal gain of $6.12 for every dollar invested in NAZ. Read Study »