Youth Coordinator Intern - Robert P. Patterson Mentoring Program



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360 East 161st Street
United States



The Robert P. Patterson Mentoring Programan innovative mentoring program for Bronx youth housed at The Bronx Defendersseeks an energetic intern with a commitment to social justice and a passion for working with young people.

Since opening its doors in 1997, The Bronx Defenders has served over 300,000 residents of Bronx County. Located in the poorest urban congressional district in the nation, The Bronx Defenders has pioneered a model of legal representation called “holistic defense” that seeks to resolve the underlying issues driving people into the criminal justice system, provide outstanding, high quality legal representation in all areas of a person's life affected by criminal justice involvement and engage with community residents, youth and clients as partners, organizers and thought leaders about ways to better serve the community and enhance access to justice.

The Robert P Patterson Jr. Mentoring Program (RPP) provides Bronx youth with meaningful support and interventions by creating an innovative, team based, community-oriented mentoring program for a cohort of youth at The Bronx Defenders. Each young person is paired with two mentors: community and legal. The community mentor is a person who is from/lives in the Bronx. This person is essential to the match relationship because they provide guidance and support for youth who are navigating adolescence, trauma, life-changes and poverty in the Bronx. The legal mentor is a person who works in the legal profession (i.e. an attorney, legal advocate, investigator, etc). This person helps the youth to understand and have positive experiences with the legal system. They are also responsible for exposing them to different social, academic and professional skills and networks. Based on the match relationship, the roles of the community and legal mentor overlap. The youth’s caregivers are an integral part of this holistic mentoring unit. We aim to include their caregivers in programs, activities, and organizational services.


We are looking for a Youth Coordinator intern to work alongside RPP’s two Program Directors, a Volunteer Recruitment intern, and several Youth Ambassadors to provide additional support and programming for mentees.

Along with the Volunteer Recruitment intern, the Youth Coordinator intern will:

  • Work directly with Youth Ambassadors with the Youth Justice Summit
  • Take minutes at meetings and circulate to mentors on a weekly basis
  • Assist with creating and planning program events, incorporate feedback from youth
  • Create and facilitate trainings for Youth Ambassadors
  • Assist with Know Your Rights Trainings
  • Provide administrative assistance with circles, trainings, interviews, meetings, etc.
  • Facilitate mentor trainings
  • Attend Community Circle

Youth Coordinator-specific responsibilities:

The Youth Coordinator will:

  • Plan and implement at least one activity per month for mentor/mentee pairs
  • Assist with planning and facilitating weekly Community Circle
  • Communicate regularly with youth through weekly text updates about programming and bi-weekly check-ins
  • Manage RPP’s social media presence on Facebook and Instagram
  • Participate in mentor training sessions
  • Assist in other programmatic functions as required, such as special events, to support the program
  • Assist with recruiting youth as mentees through tabling at community events, presenting at schools and community organizations, etc.


  • Current undergraduate student or recent college graduate
  • Experience working with high school aged youth
  • Experience and commitment to working in and with racially and socioeconomically marginalized communities
  • Must be available Thursday afternoon through evening for weekly Community Circle
  • Undergraduate study in Social Work or related field preferred
  • Proficiency/fluency in Spanish preferred

How To Apply

To apply, please visit our career portal at the link above, select the position of interest, click APPLY FOR THIS JOB ONLINE and upload a cover letter and resume in one document when prompted. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. 

The application deadline is Thursday, March 22nd, but applications will be considered on a rolling basis and applicants are encouraged to apply early. The internship will begin as soon as an intern is selected, and run through early August.

Please contact Quandisha German, Co-Director of RPP, via email at with any questions regarding the position.

The Bronx Defenders is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage candidates of all identities, orientations, experiences and communities to apply.