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Missing Your Afterschool Activities? We’ve Got Some Great News

September 23, 2020

NAZA Funds 1,100 Free Program Slots for Middle Schoolers

  • Visit NAZA’s website to find a program and apply today.
  • Activities include enrichment, social and emotional development, homework help, STEAM, and more.
  • Families are eligible for all online programs at any location, and all are free.

Even though school is back in session, it’s safe to say that it’s not what we’re used to. 

Online, distanced learning is more prevalent now than ever in the past. Many students can't interact directly with their friends and teachers during class time, much less after school.

But if your child was a regular after school program-goer, and they miss that time after the bell rings at the end of the school day, we’ve got some great news for you.

The Nashville After Zone Alliance (NAZA), the city’s out-of-school time system housed in Nashville Public Library (NPL), is funding 1,120 afterschool program slots for middle schoolers that you can apply for now.

What Do I Need to Know About These Programs?

Through partnerships with youth-serving community organizations in Nashville, students can apply for afterschool activities that cover a wide array of topics, from homework help to fun activities that grow social, emotional, and STEAM skills and more, across 29 middle schools.

The types of activities and number of slots available depends on the program. Normally, programs are reserved for youth who attend the host school, but that limitation is waived until schools fully reopen. What does that mean for you? Your child is eligible to participate in any online program offered at any site, until we return to in-person programs.

Because the programs are funded by NAZA, they are completely free of charge to middle school youth and their families.

While most of these offerings are online-only while Nashville operates under COVID-19 restrictions, several offer in-person sessions. To maintain safety for students, parents/caregivers, and program administrators, health and safety guidelines are followed at all times.

How Can I Get a Slot for My Middle-Schooler?

Visit NAZA’s website to view a complete list of participating schools, program descriptions, and contact information. Once you’ve found the program you want, use the online form to apply. Applications are considered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Once you’ve submitted your application, the program manager will review your application and contact you. Typically, this process takes about one week.

If you have any questions about the program(s), or your application, please contact the person listed in the program description.

About NAZA

NAZA’s mission is to increase equitable access to out-of-school time learning experiences that help youth thrive and develop to their full potential. Launched in 2010 by Mayor Karl Dean, NAZA is a partnership between Nashville Public Library, Metro Nashville Public Schools, the Mayor’s Office, and over 20 youth-serving organizations, all working collaboratively to improve the learning experiences of youth.

Visit our website to learn more about NAZA.

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Ed Brown

Ed's a proud member of NPL's Marketing and Communications team. Some of his favorite books include Dracula, Once an EagleNeuromancerStarship TroopersThe Black CompanyBerserkBlade of the ImmortalBlame! and Vampire Hunter D. When not at the Library, you'll find him spending time with his wife and son, doing interval training, reading, or waiting for the next FromSoftware game.