Northside Achievement Zone

Focus Area: Early Childhood

Grant Amount: $10,000

Located in north Minneapolis. NAZ is a collaboration of organizations and schools partnering with families in north Minneapolis to prepare children to graduate from high school ready for college and to end multigenerational poverty. Each enrolled family moves through a cradle to career system that provides comprehensive support at each stage.

Grant supports expansion of NAZ’s early childhood program by implementing its Community Wellness Framework, which provides trauma-informed training and coaching throughout the NAZ network, including its four early childhood centers. Training to help deal with the trauma caused by poverty, violence, and racism is particularly needed this year as families in north Minneapolis have been disproportionately impacted by Covid-19 and the uprisings around racial injustice.