Established in 2016

POWER Youth (formerly known as Opportunity NOW) is Nashville’s youth employment initiative, working to provide young people in Davidson County access to employment. In Nashville, we have seen fewer and fewer teenagers and young adults working during the summers and after-school. At the same time, Nashville employers across various industries are concerned about the lack of “soft” skills among their youngest employees—skills most readily learned through actual work experience.

POWER Youth provides recruitment, training and placement, and is broad enough to be responsive to a variety of ages and skills levels, creating pathways to both subsidized and unsubsidized employment.

POWER Youth’s goal is to empower the youth of Nashville, while providing real chances to learn real skills that will stimulate the next generation of growth in our economy — benefiting our youth, our businesses, and our city. They say, “It takes a village …,” and we agree.