THE BETSY CODDINGTON LEGACY PROJECT
Betsy Coddington was the Executive Director of Resolutions Northwest from 1994 through 2015. After dedicating over twenty years to the organization, she created a fund to support youth with internship opportunities at RNW. Youth have been her passion from the beginning.
“Our youth internships will give youth an opportunity to lead, learn new skills in a supportive work environment, and give back to their community … a win-win-win for youth, for RNW, and for our community.”
– Betsy Coddington
“I was lucky enough to spend my summer interning with Resolutions Northwest and was given the opportunity to turn my dream of planning a student leadership conference into a reality. This is the biggest project I have ever coordinated, and I am forever grateful to RNW for believing in me and helping make this all possible.”
– Abby Alvarez
DONATE TO SUPPORT OUR YOUTH
We’re fundraising to support our future summer interns. Our past interns have accomplished amazing things and have continued to do exceptional work in their communities. This is an incredible opportunity to support local Portland-area youth in leadership, community, and impact. Donate today!
Interns at RNW aren’t filing papers or making copies. Youth get experience developing ways to support fellow youth in the community. 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.
RNW Goals for the Youth Internship:
- Expose youth to different possible career paths in the nonprofit sector and around restorative justice, conflict resolution, equity & inclusion, and facilitation.
- Provide opportunities for youth to build a resume in areas such as: project management, project completion, developing and facilitating a training agenda; facilitation, development of program and training materials.
- Support youth to develop basic job skills: showing up on time, filling out a timesheet, managing time and priorities, etc.
When asked how the internship will serve you in the future, one intern responded:
“This experience was transformative for me. Not only was this a great first office space/job experience, but I adopted a way of looking at the world that I will always carry with me. I feel like I have a better understanding of how as humans we impact each other, and how to make that impact as positive as possible. I can see myself using restorative practices in the future – practices like circles and relationship building exercises, but also things like checking in with people I notice that look upset or taking into account what’s going on in other people’s life before I judge them.” – Youth Intern
Projects vary based on the intern’s skills and passions, and the needs of the organization. In past years, our interns worked on developing a Youth Conference. The Youth Interns worked collaboratively with a Planning Committee comprised of 2-3 RNW staff members, 2-3 youth interns, and other community partners. Some of the tasks have included:
- Finding a date and location
- Securing a keynote speaker
- Creatively thinking of youth-centered ways to build the agenda for the day
- Marketing & Outreach plan and materials
Other past projects have included:
- 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
We are not currently accepting applications for youth interns. When an internship becomes available, the application will be on this page.
- 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
All youth ages 16-21 are eligible. Priority will be given to youth applicants who:
- 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 RNW’s mission to facilitate honest dialogue to resolve conflict and advance racial & social justice.
Generally, July through September, and potentially into October. Exact dates and schedule will be determined by the youth intern and mentor(s).
Interns will have a space at the RNW offices on NE 25th and Broadway. Depending on the scope of the project, the work may be carried out in our offices or in the community.