Featured Family: A Parent Taking Leadership of her Child’s EducationFeatured Family: A Parent Taking Leadership of Her Child’s Education

Though her daughter Jhanae was diagnosed with a learning disability, NAZ parent Ethrophic Burnett made sure she remained unaware of it. “I wanted her to stay focused on her potential and the possibilities, not on her limitations and assumed future,” she says. Then, shortly before high school graduation, Jhanae discovered her learning disability and became convinced that she was broken.

“She heard a message of don’t try, you’re going to fail anyway,” Ethrophic recalls. “That would make any one of us furious as parents. The sky is the limit!” So together with her NAZ academic coach, Ethrophic encouraged and supported her daughter. They pushed Jhanae to apply herself, and Jhanae, in turn, worked hard, graduating from NAZ Anchor School, Patrick Henry, in spring 2015. She is currently working full-time, and plans on attending MCTC in the spring of 2016 through the Power of You Program.

Ethrophic is dedicated to her daughter’s success and does whatever it takes to support her children to succeed in school and life. She was able to advocate for Jhanae and partnered with the school and her team to ensure her scholar had fair and equal access to her education, and post secondary options.

Ethrophic is committed to the success of the entire Northside community. She works as a Community Engagement Specialist at Urban Homeworks, is a member of the NAZ Parent Advisory Board, and serves on many other boards and committees.

Featured Solution: JXTA Connects Creative Teens with Leadership OpportunitiesFeatured Solution: JXTA Connects Creative Teens with Leadership Opportunities

NAZ Anchor Partner Juxtaposition Arts (JXTA) is helping scholars gain leadership skills while nurturing their inner creative.

JXTA is a long-time partner of NAZ, and in 2014, they took their partnership to the next level. Staff members received in-depth training on utilizing the NAZ Connect software tool to foster a team approach and set goal plans for each and every scholar in their programs. Since then, staff have embedded NAZ Connect into their everyday work. This software has played a critical role in ensuring scholars are connected to high-quality expanded learning programs such as Visual Art Literacy Training (VALT), which provides valuable creative and technical skills to help students succeed in life.

The VALT program at JXTA is a free ladder-to-leadership program for high school students. In this community-based, culturally-responsive program, students are taught creative skills in areas such as contemporary art, environmental design, graphic design, and/or screenprinting, then given the opportunity to take on a paid apprenticeship in their area of creative interest. Later, these scholars are able to put their skills to use training new VALT members.

Reflections from Sondra: After Jamar, Where Do We Go from Here?

Sondra Samuels wrote this letter to the NAZ funders and supporters to address the killing of Jamar Clark.

NAZ in the News

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Upcoming Events: Celebrating Community Transformation in Action

Family Academy Celebration & Graduation
Celebrate with NAZ families as they graduate from Family Academy parenting classes—and commit to a college-bound future for all North Minneapolis children!

January 30, 2016 from 2-4 p.m.
Patrick Henry High School auditorium
4320 Newton Ave. N.
Food and beverages served after ceremony.

RSVP today!

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