Youth Journalism International

Rating: 4.97 stars   112 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Arts & Culture, Education, International

Location: 33 Griswold Drive West Hartford CT 06119 USA

Mission: Youth Journalism International connects teen writers, artists and photographers -- including Jessica Elsayed in Egypt -- with peers around the globe, teaches journalism, fosters cross-cultural understanding, and promotes and defends a free youth press. As Hartford magazine put it in 2011, YJI "serves as a training ground for aspiring young journalists, and has created a close-knit global community of young writers who are intent on making a difference in the world." ............To learn more about Jessica Elsayed, click on the donate button.
Results: Since 1994, Youth Journalism International has trained more than 500 young people in journalism, helped more than 200 get published and built thousands of connections among young people in more than 30 countries.
Target demographics: Youth Journalism International serves students from 12 to 24 in every country.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 250+
Geographic areas served: all
Programs: Youth Journalism International has outreach programs to reach aspiring journalists in Africa and Asia in particular. Egypt has been especially targeted since the revolution in the winter of of 2011.
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Rating: 5 stars  

Youth Journalism International gave me the unique to share some of my interesting musical experiences in their online newspaper. It was wonderful to be both the subject of an article and to have the chance to relate my side of the story. Youth Journalism International gave me this very special platform to write my views and made me consider myself as a writer for the very first time. I am extremely grateful to be a part of this wonderful organization.

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

the improvement in my writing.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

I began with YJI many years ago as a young writer introduced through a friend, this has over the years become an enveloping educational experience beyond any expectations. The dedication and learning provided by YJI to its students brings journalism to life for them, gives them the guidance and the motivation to write news, reviews, and articles on the world. Not just fluff but true journalism, of such caliber that Youth Journalism articles have won many awards including several I was part of. The dedication of Jackie Majerus and Steve Collins is immense. Their passion has brought about a whole new take on the world for me. I have met people from across the world, collaborated with them and made very close friends with several. I will soon be returning for my 10th visit, each time however long or short it is means so much. I am inspired and strongly support this organization into its future doing what they do best- journalism and educating young people and future generations. I am nearing completion of a novel that is being recognized across the world and has unbelievable contributors and support. The passion for writing has been boosted beyond my wildest dreams. I now have the where with all as does everyone, a second family and home, friends including some of my closest friends including one of my furthest close friends I spent a year with in my home in Canada, with me forever. I highly reccomend YJI and will support them to the fullest always.

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

By winning awards including group awards that highlighted the team work and skill of this talented group of people brought through YJI. Most of all the camaderie and the learning has brought people to do great things with their life, I credit YJI

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

learning so much about journalism and seeing other young people grow so much as writers and people

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

are the finest people , true and dedicated

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

change journalism for young people and adults alike in many corners of the globe

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have personally seen how involvement with the organization has changed students lives for the better (career option, self-confidence, networking) for over 10 years.Very dedicated group of people.

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

The many former student journalists I have talked to, including my wife.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

Youth Journalism International is a very impressive organization. My oldest child first wrote a piece when she was 14 years old. the editors made valuable suggestions without changing the tone of the piece. It gave her much confidence knowing her writing was being read around the world and enjoyed. She then wrote some travel pieces and had her photos public. Other teenagers from around the world contacted her with their comments and own experiences. She is now 18 and still keeps in touch with her YJI contacts. What an amazing experience. My other two children followed in her footsteps. My youngest wrote an enlightening piece about her teachers going on strike. This was a hard concept for some readers in other countries to understand! Why would your teachers not go to work for two weeks, they asked. Youth get not only a sense of accomplishment that they are contributing to a newspaper read around the world, but also valuable advice about the writing and editing process. They can learn a great deal from the other contributors and just reading the issues. I look forward to every new issue and highly recommend this nonprofit as educational and valuable in making our global community come together as one.

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

the growth and confidence of my own children as their writing is viewed around the world and in the friendships they are able to make with kids from every continent.

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

They need additional fundraising to grow even more. this is the type of organization that could lead to increased global understanding if it became even better known and circulated.

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

the people and the staff and reading the informative and original reporting.

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

extremely professional and dedicated.

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

change the world! It could expand its circulation and readership as well as seek out and encourage additional reporters to submit articles.

Ways to make it better...

not applicable.

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

fundraising, they are so dedicated to their reporters and the publication that there is little time left to pursue sources of income.

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

Keep up the fantastic work! Youth Journalism International is making the world a better place.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

I wrote for Youth Journalism International throughout high school, and have maintained ties with the organization throughout the decade since I left. The volunteers are outstanding, and provide tremendous mentorship; there were many late nights spent editing articles, as well as days spent on-site at various events and interviews. The mentorship extended beyond journalism, and as a high school student my experience within the group taught me to be assertive, to create and work on teams, and how to gracefully receive and learn from constructive criticism. Over the years, the volunteer staff has become friends as well as mentors, and I have had the pleasure of watching them impart these same lessons to new students year after year. I can honestly say that my experience within the group played a significant role in shaping the person I am today. Although I did not pursue a career in journalism, the skills I learned during my time with the group continue to be valuable, and have helped create opportunities for me that I might not have had otherwise.

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

My work with youth journalism international provided me the skills necessary to write clearly and concisely, to have a sense for stories worth telling, and to build and work with teams. These skills have helped me in my current academic work and research.

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

That the volunteer staff and the other individuals involved in youth journalism international have become like family; they serve as a constant source of mentorship and advice.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2000-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've always been interested in journalism - writing, in particular. When I was in high school, I wrote for the school newsletter, but graduating left a kind of writing void in my life that I was eager to fill! I found YJI by chance, through a Google search for "young journalists" or something similar, earlier this year. And since then, there has been no looking back. Youth Journalism International was founded and is run by Jackie Majerus and Steve Collins, who are dedicated to finding journalistic talent in the world, and helping young writers and photographers hone this talent. The freedom that they give volunteers in terms of content is extraordinary - you can write about what you like, or you can consider their suggestions, OR you can take up specific assignments that they might have to offer (an instance that I remember is that of interviewing 3 young men, early in their college years, who were cycling across America to promote education in Zambia). This means that, as a volunteer with YJI, not only are you given the opportunity to write (or take photographs), but you are also allowed to choose your own subject matter! As a result, YJI has been successful in creating a myriad of writing styles and ideas from all over the world, that converge, under Jackie and Steve's mentor ship into vibrant and dynamic teen journalism.

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

writing for YJI, and interacting with others who write for YJI, from all over the world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

This group unites young journalists from across the globe who would not otherwise know each other. The caring, professional leaders of this group take time to teach the fundamentals of reporting and writing to young people while allowing the students' creativity to shine through. Young people don't often have a voice even in Western countries and this organization provides a forum for students' voices to be heard and developed. The leaders of Youth Journalism International respect their members and do not shy away from publishing content about controversial topics. In an era where education funding is in jeopardy and most middle schools and high schools do not have a school newspaper or a journalism class, Youth Journalism International fills this void. Students leave Youth Journalism International knowing how to write clearly and concisely about complex issues, which leads to their success at college and in their professional lives.

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

Connecticut and around the world. Young, shy, green writers become accomplished writers at ease with speaking to powerful officials.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

Growing up in a small town and wanting to be a writer made me something of an oddity. Not having any family or friends who were writers meant that I was pretty much on my own when it came to pursuing my passion. When I joined YJI though, I found mentors who took an interest in what I wanted to do and helped me develop my writing talents. It gave me a solid grounding in journalistic writing, providing both editorial and personal support whenever I tackled tough issues in my articles. For a teenager still trying to find his way around with the written word, it was invaluable experience. It also connected me with kids the world over who also shared my interest in writing. In the years since then a number of them became some of my closest friends. YJI provides both a platform and a broad base of support for young writers to excel in their craft. With more funding and a regular staff, they'll be able to help a lot more kids like me who needed guidance and expertise to realize their full potential as writers.

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

everything I've done as a writer and an editor through college and beyond.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Youth Journalism International is definately what its name says it to be -the best youth journalism available on the net! It's a seriously great experience as a reader and a writer.

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

receiving feedback and how I can improve through editing of my work and seeing my work published is the best feeling ever!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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3 people found this review helpful

As an avid reader of newspapers, I support Youth Journalism International's effort to educate and train teens from allover the world in reporting and writing of events affecting their lives.

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

I have personally met several of the teen reporters and am very impressed by their enthusiasm and comraderie. Teens from all over the world are writing stories ranging from everyday events to world-changing events.

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

If I could, I would donate more money. Interest from teens all over the world is growing rapidly. YJI needs more professional and administrative help. Offices in more locations would greatly help this unique educational endeavor.

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

Reading varied stories from a teen perspective and seeing their steady journalistic progress.

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

Very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. I have seldom seen such a hard-working group.

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

expand this educational endeavor, allow teens to meet each other when possible and sponsor writing and reporting competitions. They really need more staff.

Ways to make it better...

My experience would have been better if I had discovered this organization sooner!

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

Raising funds to allow them to meet the growing number of teens who want to participate.

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

Keep up the great work--you are doing an amazing job with very limited resources.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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