The Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) exists to permanently close the achievement gap and end generational poverty in North Minneapolis. Together with our partner organizations, we are walking side by side with low-income families as they put their children on a path to college.

NAZ has a game-changing approach that is closing the achievement gap. NAZ’s wraparound framework effectively supports low-income children of color so that they will graduate from high school prepared for college.

Two Minnesotas: Interview with Jaton White on WCCO

A new survey finds Minneapolis and St. Paul among the worst places for black Americans to call home.

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NAZ Featured on Fox 9 mini-doc

Fox 9 presents a short history of Northside Minneapolis. Watch to see where we’ve been and — with the committed investment of Northsiders, entrepreneurs, social enterprise, and nonprofits — where we are going.
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Students of north Mpls marched for their future, healing traumas from neighborhood shootings

Born and raised in north Minneapolis, Shaadia Munye, 18, has always believed she would go to college.

Her parents came from Somalia, where education was not an option for most people. But for Munye, it is a must.

“It’s like when you think of your success and happiness, it’s college,” Munye said.

Munye will study nursing and social work at Augsburg University this fall.


NAZ Scholars heading to Washington, DC for March for Our Lives

They’ve staged massive walkouts from school. They’ve publicly called out the National Rifle Association and local lawmakers. Now, young Northsiders taking their fight for stricter gun laws to their largest stage yet: the nation’s capital.

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Omiah Gregory and the Importance of Remembrance

by Sondra Samuels, NAZ President and CEO As we celebrate Black History Month it is apropos to celebrate the 1,000 NAZ families and 2,100 scholars–who are overwhelmingly African American–working hard to transform their lives. In this admirable group, there is one parent we must single out and celebrate– NAZ Father of nine and Northside community read more…