Mayor Barry Launches Opportunity NOW Job Portal at Pearl-Cohn
Portal will connect youth age 14-24 with employers offering more than 7,000 jobs or paid internships, with more being added every day
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 3, 2017) – After months of laying the groundwork for an ambitious summer job initiative for Nashville’s youth, Mayor Megan Barry joined with students at Pearl-Cohn Magnet High School to launch the Opportunity NOW job portal that will connect Nashvillians ages 14-24 with meaningful jobs and paid internship opportunities.
“Over one year ago, 400 students from Nashville’s public high schools joined together at Rocketown to discuss their ideas for how we can reduce youth violence and create more opportunities for our young people,” said Mayor Barry. “One of the important lessons we learned from that summit was that Nashville’s youth wanted better access to jobs and opportunity. Now, thanks to the work of my office, the Nashville Career Advancement Center, and generous donors and supporters from across the city, this portal to opportunity is now open for Nashville’s youth.”
At the event, Mayor Barry announced that over 7,000 jobs or paid meaningful internships have been secured and are available through the online portal designed by technology firm Workbay.net, with a remaining goal of having 10,000 opportunities available by this summer. “We hope that as Nashville area businesses see the tremendous interest in summer job and internship opportunities, more will step up to do their part to support the community that has helped their companies grow and thrive,” said Mayor Barry.
“This is a simple, easy-to-use tool that will connect employers to youth in a way that will expand opportunity for all,” said Ellen Zinkiewicz, Director of Youth and Community Services for the Nashville Career Advancement Center, who offered a tutorial on how students can access and use the online portal to jobs and paid internships. “I hope that all employers and youth in Davidson County will go to on.nashville.gov to see the portal and learn more about how they can use the portal to provide or find meaningful opportunities.”
Pre-employment training is scheduled to begin at the end of May for jobs and internship opportunities that will start in June. In addition to employment and paid internship opportunities, participants in Opportunity NOW will have access to key financial literacy and information tools provided by the Nashville Financial Empowerment Center.
About Opportunity NOW
Opportunity NOW is a coordinated initiative launched by Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and the Nashville Career Advancement Center to provide young people in Davidson County access to employment. 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 the much-needed system for delivering employment and employment-like opportunities for young people in the Nashville area, while benefiting the local economy. For more information about Opportunity NOW, visit on.nashville.gov.