Thanks to First Tennessee Foundation, 350 teens spent their summer break exploring future careers and building 21st century skills through Nashville After Zone Alliance (NAZA) Summer STEAM Initiative.
“At First Tennessee, we believe there’s no greater investment we can make in our community than in education and giving our next generation of leaders every opportunity to succeed,” said Middle Tennessee bank president Carol Yochem. “We’re proud to support the Nashville After Zone Alliance in their mission to help students explore potential careers, develop life skills and realize their dreams for the future.”
Thanks to funding from First Tennessee, NAZA provided free science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) opportunities to 350 middle school students this summer. From learning to code with robots to participating in citizen scientist projects and learning about sustainable agriculture, students built upon critical skills that they study throughout the school year in fun and engaging ways.
“NAZA’s goal is to get young people interested in STEAM at an early age,” said Anna Harutyunyan, the network’s coordinator. “We intentionally build STEAM programs to increase young peoples’ motivation to possibly choose it as a career path.”
Additionally, First Tennesseevolunteers provided financial literacy training to nearly 150 high school students participating in NAZA’s SummerZone Teen Explorers Camp, a six-week paid program for high school students to explore future careers and develop life and workplace skills.
First Tennessee provided funding and support for both programs through the Nashville Public Library Foundation. Learn more the different ways corporations support the Library by clicking link below.
Photos of Students taking part in Moves and Grooves Summer STEAM Initiative