N.A.Z.A: Nashville After Zone Alliance
The NAZA mission is to expand quality after school learning opportunities for middle school youth in Nashville.
We offer the NAZA program for middle school students at Wright and Madison Middle Schools using the Estudiantes Learning Diversión! Program. This program is designed to engage Latino students in fun and exciting hands-on activities to explore the rich history of the Latino culture and Spanish language, while also providing tutoring and homework assistance.
About our NAZA students:
- Of the 40 students participating, more than half of them are English Language Learners.
- Our program has participants at all grade levels (5th-8th grade)
- We meet Monday- Thursday
The typical two hour programming includes a snack, 45-60 minutes of interactive academic support (tutoring, homework help or other engaging activities) and 45-60 minutes of enrichment activities (music, science, guest speakers and more).
The “Escalera: Taking Steps to Success” program promotes economic mobility for immigrant and refugee youth by increasing educational attainment, career planning, and access to information about professional careers. Eighty-eight percent of students who have enrolled in this nationwide program developed by UnidosUS have successfully completed the program and graduated from high school, compared to 73% nationwide for Hispanic students (Pew Hispanic Center). Of those Escalera graduates, 87% enrolled in postsecondary institutions (compared to 44% nationwide for Hispanic high school graduates).
The program provides lessons around the six core competencies of the curriculum:
1) Career exploration
2) Educational attainment
4) Personal development
5) Leadership development
6) Job-readiness training
It also provides:
- Access to a required 80 hour internship over the summer (Want to host an intern? Contact Leslie Lemus)
- Opportunities for parent workshops & college tours
- Support for each student to apply to 3 post-secondary institutions
- Support for each student to graduate with a high school diploma
We are currently implementing the Escalera Program with 9th through 12th grade first-generation immigrant and refugee students at Glencliff and Overton High Schools.
About our first cohort of students
- A total of 35 students
- The students represent 11 different languages and 10 different countries.
- 23 Female students (65%); 12 Male students (35%)
- 88% continue to be enrolled in their second semester of college