Applications being accepted for Opportunity NOW summer youth programs

Young people ages 14-24 who live in Davidson County, if you would like a summer job, applications are now being accepted for the Opportunity NOW summer programs, a coordinated  initiative launched by Mayor Megan Barry to provide young people in Davidson County access to employment.
Applications in NAZA Summer Zone, Experience Work, and High School Internships are due March 16. Year round opportunities have no application deadline.
“NAZA Summer Zone” is a career pathway exploration, college prep, and activity-based learning program for youth ages 14-16. Transportation, breakfast and lunch are provided.
“Experience Work” is project-based learning in teams in partnership with arts and community based organizations for youth.
“High School Internships” are independent internships with local nonprofits, Metro Government, and corporations for youth ages 16-18. Internships shepherded by community-based organizations in five regionalized zones.
“Employment Connections” is where young people ages 18-24 receive intensive case management paired with paid work experience and support for placement into unsubsidized employment.
“Direct Hire” is where employers post available positions for summer, after school, and entry-level work on the Opportunity NOW portal. Young people ages 14-24 interested in working should apply directly.
“Traditional Youth Employment” is where young people ages 15-24 have jobs at Community Centers and Parks within Metro Government.
“In Nashville, we have seen fewer and fewer teenagers and young adults working during the summers and after school,” said Mayor Barry. “   At the same time, Nashville employers across various industries are concerned about the lack of “soft” skills among their youngest employees—skills most readily learned through actual work experience.”
The initiative was created based on recommendations from the Mayor’s Youth Violence Summit as a way to connect youth to opportunity and to hope. Opportunity NOW is designed to combat the growing gap in opportunity and will become the much-needed system for delivering employment and employment-like opportunities for young people.
To apply for one of these job programs, apply at on.nashville.gov. For additional information and to find out how you can be involved in Opportunity NOW, email opportunitynow@nashville.gov.