As part of a summer job initiative for Nashville’s youth, Mayor Megan Barry alongside students at Pearl-Cohn Magnet High School together launched the Opportunity NOW job portal to connect Nashvillians ages 14-24 with meaningful jobs and paid internship opportunities.
“Nashville’s youth wan[t] 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,” said Mayor Barry in a press release.
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.
“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,” she said.