NAZ Specialists

Specialists Support Specific Family Goals

Specialists are experts in program areas and help parents and children access services within our partner network.

Just as Family Achievement Coaches help families to set and achieve goals, NAZ Specialists help families reach their goals in specific areas (i.e. housing, academics, etc.). Most Specialists are located onsite at our partner organizations.

The specific Specialist roles include:

Academic Specialist

Academic Specialists are located onsite at partner schools and provide one-on-one academic support to our school-age students. As needed, they coordinate support in reaching Achievement Plan goals.

Behavioral Health Access Specialist

Many NAZ parents and children have experienced trauma. When individuals need extra support, our Behavioral Health Access Specialist uses observation and assessment to determine which mental health services would be beneficial and connects families with our partners.

Family Support Specialist

The Family Support Specialist partners directly with NAZ parents to set and achieve goals in housing and career/finance so they have increased economic ability and housing stability, and their children can succeed academically. The Specialist empowers parents and providing them with “high-touch” support to:

  • Set and achieve goals,
  • Help them access partner programs and resources (such as career training/pathways and affordable housing), and
  • Provide coaching support along the way.

The Specialist collaborates closely with other NAZ staff and partners within the NAZ ecosystem. This role utilizes a web-based achievement-planning tool (NAZ Connect) to track family data, goals, and the steps needed to attain them.

Note: These roles replace what was formerly known as Navigator roles.