Happy Black History Month!

Happy Black History Month! Historian Carter G. Woodson created this month-long celebration in 1926 and later founded the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASAALH), which is currently the oldest historical society established for the promotion of African American history. To kick things off, NAZ CEO and President Sondra Samuels shared read more…

Family Academy Interview with Vince Frazier

Parents are the first and primary teachers of their children. NAZ Family Academy is one important step in NAZ’s ecosystem of support that provides parents with the knowledge and resources to help their young scholars succeed. These classes are an important part of our layered and aligned collaborative strategy and focus on providing parents with read more…

Scholar Spotlight: Terrachel

If you’re going to fly high, start early. One exceptional NAZ scholar, Terrachel Smith, boasts a list of accomplishments anyone could be proud of, especially since she accomplished them all before 9th grade. Recently WCCO 4 news correspondent Reg Chapman interviewed Terrachel as the youngest member and co-chair of the Unity Community Mediation Team Young read more…

Parents ‘N Power – Part 3: The Importance of Reading Readiness

Recently, this cohort of NAZ Parents ‘N Power took a cultural journey into the past in learning the history of language, phonics, and reading of the ancient Egyptian language, facilitated by The Network for the Development of Children of African Descent. This education allowed participants to connect it to the importance of reading readiness. They read more…

Coach Highlight: Meet Montel

NAZ Family Achievement Coaches enroll families into NAZ and partner with NAZ scholars and parents to support their path to college beginning at birth. These skilled coaches are either from the Northside or have lived in similar circumstances as our families. The majority are located at partner schools and early learning centers, to be integrated read more…

Parents ‘N Power: Part 2: Fellowship Training

In the fall of 2019, five NAZ Parents ‘N Power were awarded a fellowship that included $1200.00 paid training in “The No Data About Us Without Us” fellowship training program. The fellowship was facilitated by the Twin Cities innovation Alliance through the Education Partnership Coalition and organized by Parent Leadership Coordinators. This seven month fellowship read more…

Parents ‘N Power: Part 1: The Rise of Parent Power at NAZ

The year 2020 started off with many surprises that would change the way we go about our day-to-day lives at homes, in our schools and communities. In the weeks leading up to the global pandemic, some NAZ parents had just completed a month-long workshop on parent advocacy and organizing skills. The workshop was created by read more…

Kicking the School Year Off with Vikings’ Justin Jefferson

Touchdown for the Northside! On the last day of August, just before school started, Justin Jefferson of the Minnesota Vikings stopped by the Phyllis Wheatley Community Center with 100 backpacks filled with school supplies for NAZ Northside scholars. Justin and his brother Jordan donated and dispensed the backpacks to NAZ families to ensure they were read more…

FY20 Annual Report

Drumroll please … Our Annual Report, NAZ is Here, has arrived! FY20 was a challenging year for many reasons but with the strength of our parents, partners, staff and funders, we stood shoulder-to-shoulder, raising up our Northside scholars and families. We are excited for this report and we hope you enjoy reading it. Download and read more…

Happy Pride Month from NAZ!

June is Pride Month, and while it soon comes to a formal end, we want to acknowledge that our support for the LGBTQIA+ community extends beyond this month. Pride and the gay rights movement began because of the activism of Black and Transgender community members during the Stonewall Uprising against police brutality in 1969 in read more…