About Us

NEA cohorts of North Minneapolis families with children aged 3-18 seeking high quality educational environments. NEA sta will work closely with families to understand the educational options available and to navigate the necessary processes to access and achieve success in their chosen schools. NEA is an all encompassing support network for families seeking educational opportunities. Workshops, individual coaching sessions, community-building and advocacy will be provided to each client in addition to assistance with accessing funds and other services as needed.

 
This dance workshop occurred at the Northside Youth Urban Arts Festival summer 2015.  The Northside Youth Urban Arts Festival is planned and executed by NEA's Youth Council.  The festival's purpose is to showcase and celebrate the history of North Minneapolis' Urban Arts while connecting current Northside Youth to that history.  In 2015 this festival was held at the Capri Theater's parking lot and included workshops in aerosol arts, emceeing, and performances by BdotCroc and other local artists. Photo Courtesy of Bill Cottman

This dance workshop occurred at the Northside Youth Urban Arts Festival summer 2015.  The Northside Youth Urban Arts Festival is planned and executed by NEA's Youth Council.  The festival's purpose is to showcase and celebrate the history of North Minneapolis' Urban Arts while connecting current Northside Youth to that history.  In 2015 this festival was held at the Capri Theater's parking lot and included workshops in aerosol arts, emceeing, and performances by BdotCroc and other local artists. Photo Courtesy of Bill Cottman

 
 

PROGRAM COMPONENTS

 
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We are family advocates

who provide workshops, individual coaching sessions and access to educational opportunities for every need.

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We are school liaisons

who communicate directly with school admissions counselors and program administrators about available opportunities.

We are community-builders

who know that the future of our community will be built for us, by us.

 
 

The Executive Director

Martine Smaller founded the Northside Educational Alliance and has worked for over 20 years in private, public, and charter schools.  She has devoted her career to seeing that all urban children receive the education they need to be successful and productive members of society.  The majority of her energy has been focused on students in North Minneapolis.  Smaller’s educational philosophy is simple: anyone can learn.  This philosophy may sound fundamental to being an educator, but she has seen it routinely, directly and indirectly challenged throughout her career, particularly when the student is black or poor.  Martine founded NEA to see that Northside children and families have access to competitive educational opportunities and are not relegated to settle for less.  Martine is an active and social member of the Northside community where she lives with her husband and five children. She is an avid cinephile and low key foodie whose favorite cuisines are Soul Food and Southeast Asian.