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 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.
Career & Finance Specialist
Our Career & Finance Specialist coordinates job readiness and career training to help families move beyond just a job to a rewarding career. Our goal is to support parents to achieve financial independence and stability.
The Housing Access Specialist provides families with individualized support to obtain and maintain safe and stable housing. The Specialist partners with parents to understand the goals of each family, and ensure they feel empowered to accomplish their housing goals by providing access to partner and community resources pertaining to rental, homeownership, and civic/neighborhood engagement, as well as referrals to the Career Access Specialist and anchor partners in order to build financial stability and well-being.
Note: These roles replace what was formerly known as Navigator roles.