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Opportunity NOW

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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.

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.

Summer Experiences

"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.

"Summer Plus" provides entry level positions for recent high school graduates with college going plans.

More Information

For additional information, and to find out how you can be involved in Opportunity NOW, please email opportunitynow@nashville.gov.

Opportunity Now Portal

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Donate

Donations will directly support youth. Opportunity NOW is a component fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

Questions?

We have compiled some helpful guides to address commonly asked questions. You may want to:

Read frequently asked questions for parents

View a video summary of the key components of the portal

Step-by-step instructional guide to creating an account on the portal

Read frequently asked questions about the portal

Still have questions? For portal questions, please contact onportal@nashville.gov. All other questions can be sent to opportunitynow@nashville.gov.