The Betsy Coddington Legacy Project
Betsy Coddington is the outgoing Executive Director of Resolutions Northwest. After dedicating 21 years to the organization, she wanted to create a lasting mark by providing a fund to support youth with internship opportunities at RNW. Youth have been her passion from the beginning:
Our youth internships will give underserved youth an opportunity to lead, learn new skills in a supportive work environment, and give back to their community. It will be a win-win-win—for youth, for RNW and for our community. -Betsy
What’s different about this youth internship?
Interns at RNW aren’t filing papers or making copies. Youth get experience developing ways to support their high school peers. The program and activities are youth driven. Many of our budding youth leaders are unable to access opportunities like internships because they have obligations to earn money to help with family and childcare. The ability to offer youth internship stipends greatly increases their access and entry into an opportunity that supports personal and professional development. Simultaneously, completion of the internships helps improve confidence in continuing to pursue job opportunities which can help them actualize their great potential.
Frequently Asked Questions
What do interns do?
Projects vary based on the intern’s skills and passions, and the needs of the organization. Projects have included or could include:
- Writing curriculum for our school-based restorative justice circles
- Conducting a portion of our Restorative Justice in schools training for school staff, teachers and administrators
- Working with the Youth Action Committee to engage youth in creating change in their community
- Creating videos to capture youth voices around making things right in our community
- Creating training materials for youth and adult trainings
- Providing testimony and/or make presentations to city and county officials on what youth in Portland need or on the impact of restorative justice
- Writing articles for our quarterly newsletter or monthly updates
- Facilitating small group discussions
- Providing support at large group meetings and forums
- Gathering survey data on facilitation needs from neighborhood associations
- Participating in professional development training opportunities
How to apply?
Fill out an application online. Please submit an application by May 15, 2016.
What will interns gain?
- Skills in conflict resolution, facilitation, public speaking, written communication
- Meaningful mentor relationships with adults doing restorative justice, conflict resolution, facilitation & social and racial justice
- Understanding of the nonprofit world and types of jobs available
- Opportunity to build a resume
Am I eligible?
Priority is given to youth between the ages of 15-21 that:
- Have been or currently are members of the Youth Action Team
- Demonstrate personal commitment to restorative practices and leadership
- Have short and/or long term goals that align with the Restorative Justice philosophy
When does the internship take place?
June thru August
Where is the internship located?
Interns will have a space at the RNW offices to work, in the Hollywood District. Depending on the scope of the project, the work may be carried out in our offices or in the community.