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“We want to connect youth to hope, and that means connecting them to opportunity and jobs. I want for our youth what I want for everyone in our city – a chance to succeed.”
– Mayor Megan Barry
Opportunity NOW is a coordinated initiative launched by Mayor Megan Barry to provide young people in Davidson County access to employment. In Nashville, we have seen fewer and fewer teenagers and young adults working during the summers and after-school. 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.
In the first year of the initiative, 362 employers posted 11,587 jobs and internships into our portal. 7,894 youth were employed, gaining valuable experience and skills. Learn more by reading the 2017 Annual Report.
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.
Helping to implement the Mayor’s initiative is the Nashville Career Advancement Center (NCAC), a division of the Mayor’s Office and the city agency for workforce development. NCAC coordinates closely with Mayor Barry and her Advisory Council for the program.
The Opportunity NOW initiative is housed through an online portal that allows for youth voice and choice when applying for their first job. Visit the Opportunity NOW online portal.
Year Round Opportunities
"Work Now" is year round, immediate, direct hire positions for young people aged 15 – 24 in businesses and organizations around Nashville.
"Experience Work" is a team focused, project based summer program for youth aged 14 to 17 that promotes community engagement.
"High School Internship" is a six week summer internship program for youth aged 16 to 18 at local businesses and community organizations.
Check out the Opportunity NOW Summer 2018 flyer
For additional information, and to find out how you can be involved in Opportunity NOW, please email email@example.com.