NAZA SummerZone

NAZA SummerZone is a partnership with the Mayor’s Office and the Academies of Nashville (AON) of Metro Nashville Public Schools. It is a unique summer experience that provides free and paid opportunities for youth ages 14–16.

As part of Opportunity NOW, NAZA SummerZone includes 20 hours of project-based “experience work” per week. For “experience work,” youth choose a career pathway offered through the Academies of Nashville. Some of the career pathways offered last year included digital art and design, advertising, hospitality and tourism, engineering, aviation, entrepreneurship, and much more.

Each career pathway is a chance to create and develop a project where youth get to discover new things, share ideas, work collaboratively, practice leadership skills, problem-solve, and develop innovative solutions to real-world questions and challenges. Youth create and develop a final project that they showcase to family and friends. They also attend college prep workshops and participate in field trips to local colleges and cultural institutions. Breakfast, lunch and transportation are provided for MNPS students.

Applications are now open for Summer 2019 and are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.  Visit the Opportunity NOW website to apply and search for employer “NAZA.”


Youth are paid $8/hour for experience work sessions (20 hours/week). 

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