Summer Teen Explorers Camp

NAZA SummerZone’s Teen Explorers Camp 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’s Teen Explorers Camp 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 will showcase to family and friends.

Youth also participate in a variety of enrichment activities, including sports, music, art and spoken word; attend college prep workshops; and participate in field trips to local colleges and cultural institutions.

Dates of the program are Monday, May 28–Thursday, July 12, Monday–Friday from 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Breakfast, lunch and transportation are provided for MNPS students.

Registration is available on the Opportunity NOW website


You will be paid $8/hour for morning experience work sessions (20 hours/week). You must attend the full program (8 a.m.–1 p.m. for the first week, 8 a.m.–3 p.m. for the rest of the program) to get paid. The program is open to youth ages 14–16.

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