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October 1, 2010
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October 1, 2010
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YJI was a large part of my personal formation throughout my high school years. Through my experiences working with real, experienced journalists and exploring with my peers, I was able to build confidence, gain invaluable writing skills, and learn to look at the world around me through many analytical lenses. The best part about my experience was just that: that it was undoubtedly MY experience. Steve and Jackie were always there, and they empowered me to take it as far as I wanted to go. They never wrote stories for me, but they always coached me to make sure I strove as far as I could. The network of peers (back then, a small group that met often in-person) was always there to discuss and gain additional perspective. Though journalism interested me in my teen years, I didn't pursue a career in print. However, I truly feel that YJI contributed to my abilities that got me where I am today, in the midst of a successful and illustrious career as a non-profit administrator and public policy advocate. There is no limit to the positive experiences this organization can have to any number of teens across the globe... if only given the right resources and support.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The skills I built, relationships I fostered, experiences I accumulated, and confidence I gained which launched me into a successful university and then post-graduate career.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2002

September 30, 2010
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September 30, 2010
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In a world that increasingly emphasizes the importance of math and sciences, the only artistic output most can find in high school is through delicately arranging bar graphs on their TI-83. I ruled out high school art classes because I didn't want to paint pictures of my cat or make pots to put fancy flowers in. I needed a place where my opinion could be heard and at the same time build a portfolio for myself. At the time I met Jackie and Steve, YJI was a local group called The Tattoo that build a name for itself by featuring a vast array of local and international writers. I found my niche in the group as a cartoonist, and the group became a stepping stone for who I am today. I gained self confidence and a desire to express my opinion that I had failed to find elsewhere. YJI easily outshines any school newspaper, as it is far more collaborative and features what can only be described as some of the most talented teenagers in the world. No matter what your age is, your opinion matters and needs to be heard through, preferably, a median of your choice. YJI offers this opportunity like no other. Where else can you read the chronicles of a teenager who experienced Katrina first hand? The news? Your local newspaper? No. All you ever wanted to read or know about through a teenagers eyes can be found at www.readthetatoo.com. Simple as that.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Character and tangible rewards such as scholarships. Not only does having your voice heard build self confidence and an ability to stand out from the crowd, but the group also earned me tangible rewards such as scholarships and journalism awards.

Ways to make it better...

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

Make members of the group less supportive and helpful. The people in this organization are so nice it is just unhuman.

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

Meeting people from all walks of life and having a public median for my opinions.

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

Some of the most helpful and gracious people I have met in my young life. I would go on a hunger strike if this group was ever in danger of disbanding.

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

Give it to charity. Seriously. The group has been changing the world for a while now, free of charge.

Ways to make it better...

I had the Benjamin Button disease. I could stay in the group forever.

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

Getting the word out. A while ago, YJI lost a spot in the local newspaper and is now strictly web-based. Although the website is far more popular, the costs of advertising and other means of getting out the name are costly.

One thing I'd also say is that...

if you're reading this and have/know a son/daughter/high advanced talking animal, tell them to join this group. It is an experience like no other.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 30, 2010
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September 30, 2010
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I had the privilege of writing for YJI while I was in high school, when YJI was known as The Tattoo. The educational and social experiences were invaluable, and gave me perspective like no other experiences I had had at that age. The dedication of the leaders of this organization is tireless and commendable, and their ability to adapt as the Internet was created and technology erupted is evidence of their strength and commitment to YJI. I am both humbled and proud to have watched YJI grow from a periodic local newspaper printing to an international journalism program, involving and impacting students and young people around the world. Being part of YJI is what every teenager hopes for. A group of people who are warm and inviting and who nurture everyone's ideas. The most important thing I learned from my experiences there was that everyone has potential, and there really are adults who believe in teenagers. The leaders of YJI gave us all the confidence, guidance, and encouragement we needed while still letting us figure everything out for ourselves. Their support was priceless, and is a constant reminder to me to take the teenagers in my own life seriously, and offer the same support I received. Although I did not pursue a career in professional journalism, I would not be the person I am today without the support of YJI.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Building confidence, improving social skills, increasing the life experiences of young people

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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September 30, 2010

Back in the old days, when YJI was still called the Tattoo and I was a high school freshman and aspiring writer, I joined the group because I thought it was extremely cool to hang out with real journalists at a real newspaper. It was one of the first times in my life I'd been treated as someone whose ideas mattered, and whose contributions were as important as others in the group. Steve and Jackie were wonderful mentors, and when they began to expand the group to include international writers, the quality of the paper only improved. Over the years, YJI has benefited not only me and my own writing skills and confidence, but has helped countless people discover the power of journalism to change their lives, and maybe even, someday, the world.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

building confidence, empowering young people, teaching writing skills

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2000

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September 30, 2010

Youth Journalisim is the greatest thing that has ever happened to me. After some time Jackie and Steve are your god parents and all the memmbers are your sisters and brothers. We are family based on respect and understanding. We all share a common passion for writing which makes everything published a pure delight to read. They are real stories by real inspiring youth. Just like it was said about the British Empire the sun never sets on YJI. It is international in the true meaning of the world stretching from california to china. After writing for YJI about my idol HE WROTE ME! Being a part of YJI is a garuntee for respect and a heard voice.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my overral life. YJI taught me the importance of communication. It gave me hope in my dreams. Knowing there is place where everyone is heard and respected gives me hope and allows me to spread it in my community.

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

I wouldnt change anything but it would be really nice if we can have groups in every country who meet to discuss issues in their communities & is can raise money so that one representative from every country can go to CT every year to meet Steve & Jackie

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

reading everyone's amazing articles and being friends with Jackie and Steve.

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

although I have only spoken to them via email they were warm, friendly and intelligent.

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

have a huge international conference where it bring all its memmbers to meet in Connecticut.

Ways to make it better...

I had less exams so I can write in more work.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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September 30, 2010

In any society or organization you may find yourself,your major priority should be the fact that you want to bring about a change and affect that area of yours positively.People around you must feel your impact, they must be aware of your existence. As a youth even the old ones who are still aspiring to achieve more success, you must not fold your hands until death fold them for you. The popular saying that "it is not over until it is over" is of great value in the sense that as a human being you must not be idle at any point in time."An idle hand is the devil's workshop".One of the most important and crucial factors in life is TIME and SEASON.As a youth you must know how to manage your time because time waits for no man. Laziness among the youths of nowadays in nothing to talk about.Young people derive more pleasure in partying,playing and the like forgetting that whatever we do today has a long way to go with our future.Writing is one of the best way you can use to equip and develop yourself intellectually,because it enables you to express yourself and as well impact knowledge into others. Beyond words of deceit, YJI in one of the international educative organizations you can belong to and your goals will be actualize.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

This organization is that which has successfully form an international social,religious,educational and political ideology among youths across the globe.It has established a friendship network between youths from different continents.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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September 30, 2010

Without a doubt, YJI provides the best forum for young journalists to collaborate. With an active membership of people from across the globe, it allows students the opportunity to engage in meaningful discussion about the writing and editing process as they participate in it. Because YJI members and advisers have established its strong reputation throughout the years, membership in the group gives young journalists access to the opportunity to report the news that affects their lives - including news about sports events, natural disasters, and notable political changes. Because of my involvement in YJI, I have participated in events that few teens my age have had the opportunity to experience. Notably, I attended an event held by Bob Woodruff and his wife Lee after his injury in Iraq. From both a journalistic and emotional perspective, it was amazing to hear his story of his hardships and attempt to get back to his journalism career. As Associate Editor, I have worked on a project to incorporate dozens of interviews conducted by YJI members in a few articles about the most recent presidential election. YJI has allowed me to meet and work with dozens of people from across the globe, which are invaluable experiences that have continued to affect my life even after my high school years ended.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my growth as a writer. I have developed valuable communicative skills by conducting interviews and writing articles that will certainly help me as I progress through college. Also, I have met great young journalists from the US and across the globe!

Ways to make it better...

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

want the group to receive more funding to support paid staff. Increased funding would allow them the opportunity to expand the program, especially in their recent objectives to increase educational programs & fund trips to the US for international members

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

my growth as a journalist. I started with no knowledge of the basics of journalism. However, by participating in YJI, I learned so much. I particularly liked the fact that participation in the group meant experiential learning - I learned while I wrote.

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

some of the most amazing people I've met. The group's founders and advisers, Jackie and Steve Majerus-Collins, are patient and knowledgeable teachers that are willing to take the time to sit down and work with new journalists to improve their skills.

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

Increased funding would help YJI expand its membership and educational programs. Ideally, it would help give international students the opportunity to visit the group's headquarters in the US and gain new perspective on the journalism process.

Ways to make it better...

I had joined the group earlier!

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

financial challenges. It is difficult to support a group with such large membership (and therefore significant needs in terms of the editing process and maintaining a website while constantly educating newer members) solely on volunteer hours.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Participation in the group is as much about cultivating relationships as it is good journalists. I could not have asked for anything more of my time in YJI.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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September 30, 2010

YJI connects young journalists around the world--a gift that can rarely be matched. The ability to not only speak with and get to know others your age who are passionate about the news, but to receive critique and advice from committed volunteers has helped me feel so much more comfortable facing my future. I know that my YJI experience has changed my career path.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the friendships I have with incredible people all around the world. Their stories, advice, and choices have wholly influenced mine.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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September 30, 2010

It is difficult for young people to break into journalism. Before I got involved with this organization I had known I wanted to become a journalist, but there seemed to be few if any opportunities available. I was randomly browsing when I came across the group by accident, and I am so glad I did. It helped me on my career path by giving me the first pressing journalism experience I needed. Since then I have written for four local newspapers and have completed a professional journalism course. There are few examples today where real-life journalists help ordinary youngsters around the globe by giving purpose to their lives. This organization must be helped in every way possible, as it provides a rare and critical lifeline for aspiring young journalists.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

By the dediction of real-life working journalists helping others to make their dreams come true. The fact that my writing improved by being a member. My joy in seeing some of my work earning awards. Improvements in my own personal development.

Ways to make it better...

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

Give it more money so it continues its vital work

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

I've gained essential journalism experience which will help me on my career path. The dedication and commitment by real-life working journalists. Willingness to help ordinary youngsters, who may not have the means to break into journalism.

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

Amazing.

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

Allow many youngsters to have their dreams come true. Have offices in every continent.

Ways to make it better...

I could have still contributed when I went to University.

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

Finding funds to continue its brilliant work.

One thing I'd also say is that...

It must be helped.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2005

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September 30, 2010

I live in Toronto, Canada and I have been with Youth Journalism International for about a year. Before, very few people took my writing seriously but YJI gave me the opportunity to publish my writing. YJI is an amazing organization that has very talented and dedicated people like Jackie, Steve and Katie, who take the time from their busy lives to edit our writing and make everything happen. I am very proud to be part of this great organization.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Writing for the organization and improving my writing skills by getting feedback.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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