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The NAZ Model

The Northside Achievement Zone is a place-based collaborative of more than 30 community based organizations and schools.


Our Approach

Our comprehensive two-generation approach works in tandem with families, their scholars, and our network of anchor partners to position both generations for economic prosperity. This strategy is working to greatly reduce educational and social disparities on the Northside, while promoting academic success and economic wealth and stability. We work with partner organizations to offer both scholars and their families free services for many areas of life — academics, housing, career, health, and more.


Shared Data System
Parent and Youth Education
Early Childhood Education and Resources
Kindergarten-to-College Academic Supports
Family Achievement Coach and Partner Staff
Career and Financial Mobility
Physical and Emotional Health and Wellness

Backed by Data and Learning

NAZ is committed to using data to drive our decisions, strategies, and shared accountability to keep scholar and family impact at the center of our work. We are constantly gathering data and measuring the success of our overall approach. Our enterprise-wide data system, The LINK, provides us with greater efficiency in collecting, managing, and using the data. The LINK facilitates our connection with partners and parents so we can more easily gather and share data and track results.


Impact Data

A broad community network

NAZ teams up with more than 25 schools and organizations to bring families the support they need to thrive. These partners have aligned programs and systems to provide Northside parents and children with all-encompassing support.

21st Century Academy

Ascension Catholic School

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School

Everyday Miracles

Groves Academy


KIPP North Star & KIPP Legacy

La Crèche Early Childhood Centers

Minneapolis Public Schools

Network for the Development of Children of African Descent (NdCAD)

Nellie Stone Johnson Elementary School

New Horizon Academy

Northside Child Development Center (NCDC)

Patrick Henry High School

Phyllis Wheatley Community Center

Playworks Minnesota

Plymouth Christian Youth Center (PCYC)

Project for Pride in Living (PPL)

Reading Partners


The Family Partnership

Think Small

Twin Cities R!SE

Urban Homeworks

V3 Sports

Washburn Center for Children

Way to Grow

YMCA of the North/YMCA Beacons


NAZ is a StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network

Northside Achievement Zone is proud to be one of nearly 70 communities across the country who are members of the StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network. StriveTogether is a national movement with a clear purpose: helping every child succeed in school and in life from cradle to career, regardless of race, ethnicity, zip code or circumstance.


Learn More about StriveTogether

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Shanetta and her family
Danielle Jackson and family
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Families Lead the Way

Instead of being passive recipients of aid, NAZ Families are leading the culture shift toward a college-going community on the Northside. At NAZ, each family is in the drivers seat. 

Join the movement. Support North Minneapolis scholars and families.
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