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May 10, 2013
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May 10, 2013
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Under the direction of Jackie and Steve Steve Majerus-Collins my son and friends during their high school years learned the value of jounalistic writing. It has served them well through their college years and now in their chosen careers. Youth Journalism International has never been so important for young vocies to be heard around the world.

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Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

November 4, 2012
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May 24, 2012

I was lucky enough to become involved with Youth Journalism International in 1996, when I was a sophomore in high school. At that point I was a teenager who wanted to get into writing and reporting,... more

November 4, 2012
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I began with Youth Journalism International during my sophomore year of high school, over a decade ago. I can say, in all honesty, that it was one of the best decisions of my life. Through my work for YJI, I learned how to become an effective writer, researcher and communicator. I had the opportunity to write stories about issues of real local interest: whether it was school board happenings, local sports results, or human interest stories, YJI gave me the opportunity to make my thoughts heard. My work at YJI helped me obtain a substantial scholarship to college, journalism awards, and helped put me on the road that has ended up with my becoming an attorney. Through the years, Steve and Jackie have continued to give that same opportunity to young people all over the world. They are truly wonderful people who have given life to a wonderful organization.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

May 24, 2012
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I was lucky enough to become involved with Youth Journalism International in 1996, when I was a sophomore in high school. At that point I was a teenager who wanted to get into writing and reporting, but had no idea how and where to start. Over the next three years, I learned about writing, reporting and researching, skills which helped me through college, law school, and continue to help me in my career as an attorney. I also learned that if you truly care, if you truly have a passion for something, you can make a difference. I learned that because Steve and Jackie truly care about introducing teens to the world of journalism, and they have made a difference to teens all over the world.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

September 4, 2010

I was involved with Youth Journalism International when I was a high school student, from 1996-1999. It is hard to explain just how important that experience was to my development, both academically and as a person. I learned to write effectively for a variety of audiences. I also learned to research topics so that I was telling a complete story for the readers of our newspaper. I learned that when you work on a team, with a group, it is important to follow through on your work, because, in a way, everyone is depending on you. Even more importantly, I gained self-confidence, in that I found out that with hard work I could put out a news story that was of interest to people in my area. Steve and Jackie are two of the most thoughtful, most dedicated people I've ever met. They truly care about the members of YJI, and have done everything in their power to make sure that everyone has a positive experience. You can find people positively affected by YJI on a local level, a national level, and a global level. The lessons I learned from Steve and Jackie served me well in college, in law school, and now as I practice law. I can never thank them enough, and I can't say enough positive things about YJI.

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that YJI has been crucial in my development as a student and professional. The writing and researching skills I learned will serve me well for the remainder of my career.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with Steve and Jackie, and learning about writing, researching, and working as a team to put out a great end product.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind people from a variety of backgrounds. Everyone worked hard and truly wanted to learn how to write and produce news stories.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

have an even greater global reach, and could help improve journalism education for students across the world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

November 4, 2012
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May 25, 2012

I got involved with YJI during my freshman year of high school, 15 years ago. Jackie and Steve were excellent mentors who taught me the skills necessary to research, write, and publish news and opinio... more

November 4, 2012
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I started working with Youth Journalism International more than a decade ago. From the beginning, Jackie and Steve served as mentors, honing my writing and interviewing skills. Their efforts led me to be more inquisitive, more thoughtful, and more capable of sniffing out a story from miles away. Although their efforts were directed through the lens of journalism, the results have served me well throughout college, medical school, and now a neurosurgery residency. Jackie and Steve, through Youth Journalism International provide young students with the skills necessary to develop as critical thinkers and flourish in any field or career.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

May 25, 2012
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I got involved with YJI during my freshman year of high school, 15 years ago. Jackie and Steve were excellent mentors who taught me the skills necessary to research, write, and publish news and opinion articles. They empowered me, as a teenager, to ask questions of the adults around me, and they taught me to do this in a respectful, but persistent, manner. The technical skills have been tremendously helpful throughout my work as a medical student and researcher. More importantly, my time with YJI gave me ye skills and confidence needed to succeed as a woman in the male-dominated field of neurosurgery.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

November 4, 2012
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November 4, 2012
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A healthy Fourth Estate is critical to the health of the United States and the world. What better way to keep tomorrow's leaders in check than to train tomorrow's crop of journalists? Youth Journalism International serves this purpose, connecting students with working journalists, and providing real reporting and writing experience for children. A thoroughly well-conceived mission and well-run organization deserving of the highest praise.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 25, 2012

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October 25, 2012

Youth Journalism International gave me an amazing experience. One that allowed me as a student to learn and improve on skills you need for journalism. I also get to work with great people and It helped me get to the journalist job I'm in at the moment. This is a great organisation offering amazing opportunities. It allows you to connect with other young journalists around the world and learn the skills needed for a career in photography or journalism.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Likely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 16, 2012
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October 16, 2012
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As one of Youth Journalism International's first student reporters, I have been thoroughly impressed by how much this organization has grown and how much it has helped connect young journalists. Prior to working with Jackie and Steve, the founders of YJI, my interests were mostly in creative writing. However, with their guidance, I found a new writing outlet. Had I not been involved with YJI as a high school student, I would never have had the courage to apply to be a student reporter at my college's newspaper. I worked my way up through the ranks and even held an editorial position. I do not believe I would have chosen this path had it not been for YJI, and I'm grateful to Jackie and Steve for their continued support. Part of what is so fantastic about YJI is that the contributors are teens from around the world reporting on issues that matter to them. Another great thing about YJI is that the network doesn't end once you are no longer a teen. Many YJI student reporters have traveled or studied abroad and have had the opportunity to connect with other YJI members. I myself have experienced this and feel that it is one of the many things that makes YJI special. Youth Journalism International fosters a respectful atmosphere and connects budding journalists from around the globe, allowing its members to hone their journalistic skills and create lifelong friends in the process.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 16, 2012

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1 previous review
September 9, 2010

Though I have not been writing for Youth Journalism International(YJI)for long, I can definitely say that this organization has opened up so many opportunities for us young, inspired writers. I came... more

October 16, 2012

I was a pretty mediocre student with decent grades and average extracurriculars; however, YJI gave me the credentials and the confidence to become so much more than merely an average Joe. After YJI published my first piece, I found that some people actually liked my writing, and so I decided to burrow further into journalism. Today I have two international, one national, one regional, and two county-wide writing awards and at seventeen I became a published journalist for a newspaper here in Florida. I believe wholeheartedly that none of this could be accomplished without YJI, for YJI gave me the foundation not only stand on, but also to grow upon. The recognition I received from YJI gave me the springboard to launch into larger things and Steve and Jackie (the YJI co-founders) truly invested their time in me and believed in me to write important pieces. They fostered my love of writing and encouraged me in my writing pursuits. YJI is more than merely a writing organization- it has the potential to change student's lives. Please invest in YJI, they could help so many more students if only given the chance.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

September 9, 2010

Though I have not been writing for Youth Journalism International(YJI)for long, I can definitely say that this organization has opened up so many opportunities for us young, inspired writers. I came along simply looking for a place to be heard, but found so much more. YJI has an incredible, hardworking, devoted staff who believes in us. It also has given me, personally, an opportunity to connect and build relationships with teens all over the world. Above all else, I found myself falling back in love with writing once again. While it feels great to begin to write as I please, YJI DOES need full time staff. The volunteers invest a lot of time and energy on us, and it is only fair to them AND us that they deserve a little something as well so they can better the organization.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ask for a full time staff.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I've been given the opportunity to write and be heard.

Ways to make it better...

it had a full time staff

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

not enough staff

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

October 16, 2012
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October 16, 2012
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YJI connects young journalist from all over the world and by doing so, they have allowed its members to open up their eyes and see all that's going on around the world while we all live our lives in a small suburb or a city. Because of this organization, I've been able to connect to people from around the world with different beliefs, views and ideas. Not only is the organization a fantastic one, the people who run it are just as amazing!Steve,Jackie and their family and friends also involved in running the organization have invited all the members to stay involved in their lives and have been very generous and kind. No matter the distance of each members of YJI, we are just a close and it feels like a big family. More then thankfull for all YJI has done!!They deserve all the best!

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 16, 2012
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October 16, 2012
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In our global world, YJI allows students to connect who would otherwise not be able to do so. Furthermore, by having a global hub of journalists, people can read a global, honest and heartfelt perspective on matters small and large. YJI really does make the world smaller. Most importantly, YJI gives a chance to all budding student reporters, and helps them along the way.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 15, 2012
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May 22, 2012

Youth Journalism International constantly surprises me. It's always done a wonderful job of helping young people around the world tell the stories that shape their lives. It's built bridges across cul... more

October 15, 2012
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When Malala Yousafza, a 14-year-old Pakistani girl, was shot by The Taliban for advocating education for girls in her Swat Valley home, the world felt angry and sad. At Youth Journalism International, we did, too. But we also did something concrete: we asked our students to write about it. Among the many eloquent pieces we received was one from a Pakistani girl, 15-year-old Arooj Khalid, who has been writing for YJI for more than a year already. It's a beautiful piece, courageous and true. And that's what makes YJI so special: We are out there helping young people around tell their stories, day in and day out. There's nothing else like it.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

May 22, 2012

Youth Journalism International constantly surprises me. It's always done a wonderful job of helping young people around the world tell the stories that shape their lives. It's built bridges across cultures and opened minds in many ways. Only recently, though, have I realized how its extensive coverage of the arts is making a real difference. YJI students, like many, have done scores -- maybe hundreds -- of movie reviews over the years. They have also written dozens of theater and music reviews. They have gone to art museums. They have written about cultural institutions as varied as Mystic Seaport and the Louvre. They have interviewed artists and actors, poets and writers. They have done an astonishing amount to bring the arts to the attention of their peers and to the world as a whole. They have also jumped in at times to participate in appropriate artistic endeavors, including the recent 24-hour reading of Uncle Tom's Cabin at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford. And at least one alumni became a professional artists at least in part because his editorial cartoons done for YJI showed off his talents early.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

March 31, 2011
2 people found this review helpful

We hope that anyone interested in Youth Journalism International will read through these reviews. You will get a great sense of what this organization is all about -- and why it needs your help.

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countless new friends across the globe.

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ensure it had enough funding to keep up with soaring demand from eager students in more than 50 countries.

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