Near Peer Leaders Application

Are you a college student looking to create a change in your community this summer, while working directly with students that are looking to make a difference in their future? Work directly with Fathom and STARS to create a positive change this summer.




Summer of Change: Near Peer Leader


Opportunity NOW, under the direction of Nashville Career Advancement Center and the Mayor’s Office, is a coordinated initiative launched 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 social and emotional skills among their youngest employees—skills most readily learned through actual work experience.

Job Description:
Fathom is currently STARS to hire college students (ON – Peer Leaders) to coach young people, ages 14 – 16 years old over the Summer of 2019 (May 29 – July 12). College students will work with Fathom to implement and facilitate it’s Summer of Change Social Innovation Camp. College students will work with high school students to develop a social venture solution to a problem in the community of Antioch. 
College student can expect to gain significant experience and subject matter knowledge in youth-led innovation, blended learning, entrepreneurial problem solving, mentorship, community engagement, social enterprise.
Education and Experience:
Competencies required for this position are normally acquired through two to four years of undergraduate studies, coupled with training provided by Fathom.
Essential duties and responsibilities:
  • Facilitate Positive Youth Development
  • Lead and coach Change Agents teams of 8-10 young people in their weekly project development goals 
  • Coordinate payroll time collection for Change Agents teams
  • Assist in coordination of daily project activities: goal-setting, timeframe, required tools, clean-up, etc.
  • Deliver curriculum content related to social emotional learning, entrepreneurial problem solving, career development and college readiness
  • Facilitate daily reflection time, integrating 21st Century learning literacies into project activities
  • Facilitate communication between Participants, Subject Matter Expert,  Program Supervisor, On Site Youth Camp Coordinators, Transportation Leader and Opportunity Now


  • Currently enrolled at a college or university in Davidson County and maintain Davidson County residency
  • Must successfully pass Tennessee Bureau of Investigation background check prior to start
  • Must successfully pass drug screening
  • Time management and organizational skills
  • Self-motivated and independent worker with the ability to successfully multitask
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work with a diverse population
  • Adaptable and flexible
  • Willingness to lead and speak in front of groups
  • Willingness to work with young people, age 14 – 16
  • Able to lift up to 20 lbs.
Work Schedule/Pay:
  • Work hours: Monday – Friday, 8a – 2p
  • Training:  Required Program Coach training sessions: May 29 – May 31, 2019 from 8:30 am-3:00 pm
  • Work/Program dates:  May 29 to July 12, 2019
  • Pay – $12.00/hour