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.


This year’s projects:

We have two amazing internship opportunities this summer. Please read through the FAQ’s and if you have any other questions let us know. You can email us at To be eligible for the internships you must be between the ages of 15-21.

Build Your Own Project

The best ideas are most often from those that are impacted, so to support youth leadership and innovation we will offer resources to a youth driven project. It might be a youth organized event, documentary, or whatever else they might come up with.

Apply here.

Restorative Justice Co-Trainer

Our Restorative justice training program is robust – serving teachers, administrators, and parents across Oregon and Washington. This summer we want to expand the perspectives offered in the training by adding the voice of those most impacted by school push-out and the school to prison pipeline: youth. The summer intern will meet with the head trainer to plan the agenda for each training and share ideas and feedback during training debrief. They will have the opportunity to sharpen their presentation and communication skills, plus gain valuable work culture experience.

Apply here.

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.

You can help support this project by making a donation here.