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 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.

Check back in January 2019 for more information and to apply for Summer 2019.  Year-round employment opportunities can be found on the Opportunity NOW website.


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

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