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.

“Change Has to Come From a Place”: Inside the Northside Achievement Zone

Not long after she moved to north Minneapolis more than 20 years ago, Sondra Samuels began working alongside families to erase generational poverty and close the opportunity gap between Black and white Minnesotans that has persisted for so long. And she’s been doing it ever since. Read more…


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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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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#soarNorth: A Series of Virtual Events

As the COVID-19 health and economic crisis rip through every corner of our lives, it is clear that children and families will feel its effects for generations to come. The Northside Achievement Zone believes that these organization-defining moments are when it is most important to demonstrate our core values of compassion, adaptability, and inte... Read more »