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.

NAZ Scholars heading to Washington, DC for March for Our Lives

They’ve staged massive walkouts from school. They’ve publicly called out the National Rifle Association and local lawmakers. Now, young Northsiders taking their fight for stricter gun laws to their largest stage yet: the nation’s capital.
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New EcoVillage Offers ‘Deep Affordable Housing’ to NAZ Families

To make sure the EcoVillage is inclusive to the people of the North Side, PPL included 16 apartments to be set aside for the North Side’s most economically challenged residents. Of the 16 apartments, four are designated for previously homeless people with Group Residential Housing (GRH) subsidies, and 12 are for families working with NAZ.
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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