Northside Achievement Zone

How MPOWR helped bridge the gap for NAZ

Northside Achievement Zone
Focus

Early Childhood Education, Behavioral Health, Career Training, Financial Education, Housing Stablization

Mission

Close the achievement gap and end generational poverty in North Minneapolis.

Results
$6.12 social return for every $1 invested

MPOWR case management serves as the “central nervous system” for cradle to career collaborative organization. NAZ exists to permanently close the achievement gap and end generational poverty in North Minneapolis. NAZ collaborates with organizations in the community and supports hundreds of low-income families as they put their children on a path from cradle to career.

Background

Minnesota has one of the worst achievement gaps in the nation and many of the negative indicators which include high rates of violence, poverty, unemployment, and failing schools are concentrated on the Northside of Minneapolis. With a goal to end multigenerational poverty and provide comprehensive support from prenatal care to college and career, NAZ needed a case management system that could be used collaboratively among organizations to create holistic, actionable achievement plans.

Solution

NAZ has leveraged the MPOWR solution to facilitate collaboration among partners like early childhood centers, schools, healthcare facilities and non-profit organizations. According to the Wilder Foundation, for every $1.00 that has been invested, NAZ and its partners have succeeded in helping avert $6.12 in future social costs.

The North Minneapolis region was recently federally designated as a Promise Zone. North Minneapolis is one of eight federal Promise Zones in the country. The region received official designation during Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s visit to Minneapolis in April 2015.

The designation as a federal Promise Zone gives North Minneapolis and NAZ a competitive advantage when applying for federal grants, so they can continue to do impactful cradle to career work in an area of the country that truly needs it. MPOWR continues to serve as the central software solution used to carry out NAZ’s mission.

We were thrilled to host President and CEO of Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) in Rockford as she presented “One Ecosystem of Support from Cradle to College” at September’s Transform Rockford’s Community Conversation.