Congratulations to the Class of 2021!

It goes without saying that this last school year has been challenging for many reasons but our scholars have risen to the challenge and are finishing the school year in a positive place. We had the honor of talking to one scholar from Patrick Henry High School, one of NAZ’s anchor schools in North Minneapolis. read more…

Remembering George Floyd, One Year Later

One year ago on this day, George Floyd took his last breath. For over nine minutes, he called out for his mother, pleading with the officers that he could not breathe. As George’s brother so aptly stated, “his skin was his sin.” Now, 525,600 minutes later, we’re continuing to reflect on what has happened since read more…

FINALLY! A Reflection on the Verdict and Our Path Forward.

Daunte Wright sign

  On Thursday April 22nd, Katie and Aubrey Wright memorialized their 20-year old son, Daunte Demetrius Wright, at a public funeral being held here in North Minneapolis at Shiloh Temple, just down the street from the Northside Achievement Zone on West Broadway. Viewed through the lens of America’s cherished culture of whiteness, Daunte had the misfortune of being read more…

#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 integrity in all that we do. Our new reality, amidst the backdrop of a global pandemic, has not slowed our commitment to North Minneapolis. Just the contrary. While COVID-19 is keeping us apart physically, it is also bringing us together in new and profound ways.

NAZ Family Academy Goes Online

As stay-at-home orders continue to impact the world, North Minneapolis families are finding connection and education at a distance through Family Academy Online. Before the stay-at-home order, NAZ Family Academy participants would gather at NAZ offices and partner sites to discuss empowerment, scholar success, and navigating relationships with teachers and schools. The popular program has read more…

Economic Impact Payment: What You Need to Know

The Economic Impact Payments are being released. Here is our guide to navigating receiving payment. If you have filed taxes in 2018/2019 You may not receive automatic payments even if you have filed taxes for 2018/2019. There are reports of the IRS requiring more information to process your payment. To find out if this applies read more…

Educational Resources for At-Home Learners

Below is a list of online resources for families and scholars currently at home as a result of COVID-19. We will be updating this list regularly, please check back.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources: Daily Updates

As a result of COVID–19, we know that many of our families and community members will see reduced income. In this post, we will be collecting and maintaining resources and announcements that affect our community.

NAZ Advocates for Two Bills This Legislative Session

by Danielle Bylund, NAZ External Communications Manager This legislative session NAZ is at the capitol to advocate for Northside children and scholars. Two issues, in particular, are at the forefront of our efforts. First, the constitutional amendment which has been proposed by Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank President Neel Kashkari and former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice read more…

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…