Celebrating Juneteenth

During this time of community violence and subsequent trauma within our community and a need for racial healing and equity, nationally, NAZ leadership has decided to make Juneteenth, (aka, Emancipation Day), a paid holiday for our staff this year and going forward. While Juneteenth has been a celebrated holiday by African Americans and recognized by 46 read more…

Addressing Educational Challenges in a post-Covid-19 World

Unquestionably, COVID-19 created a new and challenging environment for NAZ to support our scholars. We needed to know what others were learning about the impacts of COVID-19 and what they were doing about it, so we reviewed emerging literature on COVID-19 as well as literature on other natural disasters (e.g., Hurricane Katrina) to give us read more…

Summer Program Opportunities for NAZ Scholars

Another school year has finally wrapped and summer vacation is underway. One perk of being a NAZ family is that folks gets access to fantastic summer programming for their scholars of all ages. For scholars in grades K through 8, visit this document to see what’s available. For scholars in high school, check out opportunities read more…

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…

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.