Antioch Youth Complete The Fathom Summer of Change Internship
With education at the forefront of changes here in Nashville and across state, it’s more important now than ever to focus on our young people. During these turbulent times for our society and particularly our educators and young adults, our interns this summer have shown their resilience at becoming leaders for community change and a better tomorrow for all Nashvillians.
Solving Problems They Care About
👇Not your typical 14 to 16-year-olds, right? WRONG! Here at Fathom, we believe that all young people have the capability to tackle problems within their communities and develop sustainable solutions for local change. For 6 weeks, Fathom’s thirty interns and five peer coaches have worked in teams to address sustainable development challenges for the community of Antioch. They fully immersed themselves in our Change Agents experience to turn out projects you’ve got to see. Meet the teams below!
Aside from an activity-filled summer, the interns also engaged with several local businesses and organizations that support the development of young people here in Nashville. A big thank-you to Fifth Third Bank for coming to our program and schooling the youth on the value of a dollar from a few perspectives. Thank you to Vanderbilt and The Wond’ry for opening up their facilities so the interns could get hands-on experience with the #futureofwork, and the biggest thank you to Launch Tennessee for not only inspiring the kids when they needed reassurance on their projects the most, but also exposing them to entrepreneurship resources right here in our great state of Tennessee.
Another HUGE thank you to Brian Sweatt and the staff of Lighthouse Christian for allowing us to utilize their beautiful facility. When fixtures in the community take the time to focus and interact with the youth, this is the truest example that It Takes a Village.
Coaches 🏆 They Knocked the Pitches out of the Park
Parting is such… brief sorrow this time around, because the most beautiful part about this camp is that the buck doesn’t just stop here. Not only did our interns graduate as Change Agents, two teams took home $1,000 in prizes (check the winning pitches below 👇), and multiple students were selected to attend Launch Tennessee’s Annual 36|86 Entrepreneurship Festival because of their outstanding contributions. Beyond these prizes, these Change Agents have been equipped with entrepreneurial skills to help them on their journey, have developed lifelong connections to industry-leading mentors, and all Summer of Change interns have the option of continuing to implement their project with us throughout the school year. Fathom is as committed to the realization of their visions as they are ✊.
From A/R & V/R activity centers that will bring the digital future to Antioch youth after-school, to building new sidewalks that ensure students safer pathways to school, these projects reflect the needs of young people inour community. With groups already establishing key connections to major stakeholders in Tennessee, it’s only a matter of time before their prototypes become tangible products in Antioch. This is just the first step towards helping Fathom to achieve its mission for youth-led innovation towards more innovative, equitable and sustainable communities.