The Ballmer Group – the philanthropic organization of former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and his wife Connie – have committed to a five-year, $10 million grant to NAZ!

“The grant should inspire and challenge all Twin Cities business and civic leaders to lean in and work together in support of NAZ,” General Mills CEO Ken Powell said.

NAZ will use a portion of its campaign investment to launch a 3-year early-learning scholarship fund of $1 million a year for low-income NAZ families.

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NAZ Family Achievement Coaches

Coaches Partner with Scholars and their Families

NAZ Family Achievement Coaches enroll families into NAZ and partner with NAZ scholars and parents to support their path to college beginning at birth. These skilled coaches are either from the Northside or have lived in similar circumstances as our families. The majority are located at partner schools and early learning centers, to be integrated into the scholar’s educational setting.

NAZ Family Achievement Coaches work one-on-one with parents and their children to:

  • Instill the belief that college is possible
  • Help parents set family goals called Achievement Plans
  • Help children set and reach academic goals

Note: This role replaces what was formerly known as the Connector role.