Shayne | NAZ parent, enrolling in empowerment classes allowed her to take a different approach to raising her adopted daughter

"I'm proud that I took the classes and what I used from them actually made life better for my daughter. Foundations helped me understand that I didn't know what was going on — and something was going on. I don't know if I would have seen that if I wouldn't have taken the class.

And I took Foundations a second time because I loved it. (The first time I understood it, but the second time I got it!) I learned to stop and ask "am I seeing the full picture or am I just relying on what I know from raising my other children?" I've never raised a kid that was adopted; their mindset is so different. You have a circle of love and you're standing in the middle, but of all the people that are giving you that love, no one is from your family. It taught me to help her understand that it doesn't matter who your parents are, that you have to develop who you are.

Andre taught me to look a little bit deeper and that it was ok that if I could not correct the problem on my own, that it was ok to get some help and how to find the right person to bring in.

It takes a village to raise a child.

What my daughter knows is that she's in love with everyone at NAZ, and she sees them almost every day. She's more positive and focused on her academics now. I think she cared more about trying to figure out this other part of her life than she did anything else; so now she's been able to let things go and understand that this is her world. She more herself and it did change her. "

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Needs Within Our Zone

NAZ operates in a geographic “Zone” of North Minneapolis that is the apex of crime, poverty and failing schools within the city. Taken together, academic, social and economic indicators intersect to paint a grim picture of the barriers faced by children living within the Zone.

We exist to close the academic achievement gap and support families as they lead a lasting community transformation. Our long-term, comprehensive model is designed to eradicate educational and social disparities, thereby spurring economic growth for the entire region.

We target the hardest-to-reach parents who have not traditionally been involved with promoting academic success in their community and partner with them one on one. As we scale up to enroll half of families within our Zone, their individual successes become the culture of the community, leading population-level change.