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:
- Travel & Tourism, and
- information technology
- 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.
- Quality career academies are built upon four pillars:
industry-validated curriculum; staff development; local
advisory boards; and, paid student internships.
- Partnerships among schools, businesses, communities and
government are critical to the success of career adademies.
- Intermediary organizations--which bring together
schools, businesses, communities and government--are
essential to building and sustaining successful local and