Downtown Public Library ( www.library.nashville.org)
615 Church Street, 615.862.5800
- Daily Tutors for homework assistance: free, Tuesday-Friday, 3:00 – 7:30 pm
- Daily Wii play: free, Tuesday-Friday, 4:00 – 5:45
- Other regular free teen programs in spoken word, arts & crafts, educational advancement, teen book club, movie critique, etc.
Oasis Center (www.oasiscenter.org)
1704 Charlotte Avenue, 615-327-4455
- College Access Center: free college and career counseling services offered after school hours
- Youth Clinic – Health clinic just for teens, operated by United Neighborhood Health Services
- Counseling Services: Individual (13-17 years old), family, or group counseling. On sliding scale payment
601 4th Avenue South, 615.843.4001 (ReAct), 615.843.4006 (Skate Park)
- RE-ACT classes: free after-school programming 2-6 pm, Classes in the arts (film editing, graphic design, songwriting, etc.) as well as tutoring, academic enrichment and leadership development
- Personal Counseling, free & on-site, 3-6 pm, call 517-9576
- Skate Park: 3-9 pm, Free for girls & students with an all As and Bs report card
TUTORING at HFA
Before school, Monday – Thursday, 6:50 – 7:20 a.m.
After school, Monday – Thursday, 3:15 – 4:15 p.m.
See Counseling Office or the teacher of the class you are struggling in for assistance in finding a tutor. Peer tutors are free and are typically available during Independent Study time. All Counseling Office student workers as well as various Honor Society members tutor.
Verbally adept – HFA Mock Trial, Forensics, Model UN, and Youth Legislature could all use your skills.
Writer – Submit materials for competitions, host a Poetry Slam, attend writing programs – like the summer journalism program at Western Kentucky (wku.edu/pcal/summer-workshops) or the writing workshop of the Tennessee Humanities Council (humanitiestennessee.org) .
Math genius –participate in math competitions, tutor at Homework Hotline (homeworkhotline.info), attend TSU’s Robotics and Sensors Camp or Summer Math Academy (tnstate.edu/tlsamp/MathAcademy/Announcement.htm.)
Science – compete with the HFA Science Olympiad, participate in or volunteer with Explorer’s Club for Science Research (see below), Adventure Science Center (www.adventuresci.com), Vanderbilt’s Research Internship (scienceoutreach.org/research.php), St. Thomas Science Scholars (pencilfd.org/saint_thomas), or the Bridge Program at Sewanee (sewanee.edu/bridgeprogram/).
Vocal/Instrumental Performance – take classes (Blair, W.O. Smith, Nashville Jazz Workshop, Nashville Parks, etc.). Join local groups/bands, make your own group/band, and participate in Battle of the Bands.
Theatrical Performance – audition or volunteer at school and the community (PG-13 Players, Circle Players, and Nashville Shakespeare Festival to name a few).
Athletics – look into refereeing or being an assistant coach for a junior league or community league.
Faith-based – join the youth group, participate in the facility board or the denominational board.
Volunteering – Want to volunteer but don’t know where or if you’ll have the time to commit? Hands on Nashville (www.hon.org) adapts to your schedule and has teen specific volunteer opportunities at a variety of sites.
Vocational pursuits - Don’t know what you want to pursue for sure but want to stay focused on career goals? Shadow a family friend at their job for a day. Join one or more of the Boy Scout Explorer’s Clubs which ranges from law & engineering to aviation & dental (exploringmtc.com).
Entrepreneurial – Join Youth About Business (email@example.com), attend the free business/accounting programs held by the Girl Scouts (gsmidtn.org) and the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants (tscpa.com/educator/academy.aspx).
Outdoors person: volunteer at a local park (nashville.gov/parks, state.tn.us/environment/parks/, passportintime.com/, nashville.gov/community_gardens) or with the HFA Environmental Action Club.
The Counseling Office has more information about possible summer programs, jobs, etc.