THE NATIONAL ACADEMY FOUNDATION
THE NATIONAL ACADEMY FOUNDATION (NAF) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) intermediary organization. Its mission is to sustain a notional network of career academies to support the development of America's youth toward pwesonal and professional success--in high school, in higher education, and throughout their careers.
NAF currently operates Academies in three industry themes:
NAF Academies, which are targeted to urban centers but also located within suburban and rural school districts, represent business/school partnerships that prepare young people for future careers through a combinatio of school- based curricula and work-based experiences. The industry component features paid internships, which provide students with a real-world context for their classtoom learning. NAF provides a full range of technical assistance and program support to all partners in the career academy effort Key to NAF's ability to support this mission are four core organizational beliefs:
• Career academies support improved student achievement and motivation; they are a mechanism for whole- school reform; they provide an expanded pipeline for workforce development; and, NAF Academies actively encourage diversity in the workforce.