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July 26, 2010

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July 26, 2010

I started working with the Youth Journalism International staff as a 15-year-old high school freshmen. There I learned everything I needed to know about being a newspaper reporter. I wrote editorials, news stories, and even movie reviews. While I was part of the groups, we won dozens of journalism awards -- many that pitted us against professionals in the field. That is a testament to the high quality of this learning experience. Through regular meetings and intensive, personal guidance from advisers Jackie Majerus and Steve Collins, I grew as a person. The skills I picked up -- writing abilities, learning how to talk to strangers, self-confidence, an appreciation for people of different backgrounds -- helped prepare me for college. They nurtured me as an individual in a way that many kids don't get in a traditional learning environment. Today, I have been a professional journalist for seven years. I continued to stay in touch with YJI, volunteering whenever I can.

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

the way it provides a unique place where young people can grow and learn.

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

the training it provided me and the camaraderie among the students from around the world.

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

people who are deeply committed and passionate about their jobs.

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

create a global network of youth who can share their experiences and learn together.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 13, 2010

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July 13, 2010

As a high school newspaper adviser, it is not only important that my students' published writing receive recognition, but also that they receive a measure of their journalism skills. Eight of my students, including a very talented young student who received Student Journalist of the Year. won honors in YJI's 2010 Writing and Photography Contest. The staff was kind, courteous, and supportive during the process, and extra conscientious delivering the news, certificates, and trophies (as well as t-shirts and caps). The trophy for Student Journalist of the Year rivals any trophy award for a high school level contest, much less professional-level contests. YJI is a fine place for high school journalists to practice and hone their craft.

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Personally, my experience with YJI's 2010 Writing and Photography contest was very gratifying. My entries were handled with expert care. Communication of receipt, timing of award announcements, and delivery of final awards was accurate and timely.

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

Get the word out about how high school journalists can become more involved with the organization, both to benefit young journalists careers as well as to bolster the field of journalism in general.

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

meeting Executive Director Jackie Majerus, who was very personable and professional.

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

via the internet, and I felt very welcomed to participate in the organization.

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

1. Offer scholarships; 2. Provide summer travel & reporting opportunities to high school journalists; 3. Create a YJI publication with student writing in it; 4. Offer student and adviser workshops . . .

Ways to make it better...

Not applicable. I had a great experience.

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

becoming a household world in high school journalism classes and organizations.

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

The organization is very motivated to grow and reward young journalists. The field can never have too much of such efforts.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 7, 2010

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July 7, 2010

I am Mariechen Puchert, from South Africa. I started writing with YJI in 2008, my final year of high school. I have always loved writing and discovering YJI was like a dream come true. In 2009 I started my studies at Medical School and the ability to carry on writing for YJI enabled me to maintain my sanity to a large extent. There is very little space for creativity at med school and even though I may not be studying journalism, literature or law, writing is still integral to my life. YJI does not only take your pieces and publish them. The editors work with you from the moment you decide to write something. When you send them your piece, they edit it and send it back to you with comments and advice for future writing. Before joining I was a very good poetry and prose writer, but what I knew about journalism and objective reporting was limited to what I learnt in school. Two years later, those skills have been sharpened. A great thing about YJI is that everyone is connected via the internet and the group often does packages. In 2008 we did a package on the Beijing Olympics and the Presidential Elections in the USA. These kind of projects enabled us as well as our audience to experience a myriad of different views and effects in different countries. I believe this fosters international understanding and co-operation at a most crucial level. In June 2010, I travelled to North America and was hosted by YJI for two days. I got to meet many of the people involved with YJI - editors, journalists and alumni. I know that YJI has done this for their foreign students before and that they will do it again when possible. This is also a great growth experience for young journalists.

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

Improvement of my reporting skills. Improvement of ability to look objectively at a situation. Experience of writing group projects. Greater international understanding.

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

from all over the world, each with their own life experiences and views, with a passion for journalism.

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

Employ full-time staff, enabling them to have more frequent student contact and publish issues at a greater pace. They would also be able to seek more coverage for students in different media and they would be able to advertise.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 7, 2010

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July 7, 2010

I'm proud to be a former writer for The Tattoo in its early years. It has been great to see the organization take off from a small local newspaper organization for teens to something much larger and international based. It was great to see this organization transform from a personal passion into a real non-profit and I am rooting for them to now become a SUCCESSFUL non-profit. The founders have given up countless hours, what little income they make working in print journalism these days, and their endless passion to mentor and teach TEENAGERS and get them just as invested and excited about journalism. It doesn't take much to imagine how difficult it is to get teenagers excited about anything, nonetheless a field like journalism. But year in and year out, YJI finds and fully commits to developing a community of teen journalists, by giving them a voice to report on events around the world and working with each individual to refine their writing styles, teach them reporting techniques, and immersing them in a real pen-to-print life cycle, all well before most of these kids even write a college application.

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

personal development and growth, writing skills

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

hope it gets enoughs funding to really branch out to really educate as many interested teen writers as possible. The website and marketing needs professional help.

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

the sense of community amongst the former and present staff.

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

extremely kind and totally invested in me as a person and a writer.

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

give a voice to teenagers around the world who are looking to share news. And it would become a legitimate news organization that probably would report with more journalistic integrity and less bias than most of the major news outlets.

Ways to make it better...

the organization continues to promote the environment of a small-staffed newspaper where every writer works together and knows each other, even as the group expands internationally.

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

money, organization, direction, setting the right priorities upfront.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 6, 2010

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July 6, 2010

Hi, I'm Nicole Megan Gounder from South Africa,and I'm currently a student reporter for Youth Journalism International. I joined YJI towards the mid-year of 2009.I was currently 6 months out of high school doing my first semester at university.Like any other varsity student, I was clueless as to what I wanted to do with my life, but YJI helped me realise that my true passion lies in media. It's not just an organisation for teen writers.It's much more than that. Jackie and Steve do a great job of getting to know us,which makes it easier to share our thoughts and stories with the rest of the world. Three years ago, I would have never imagined myself taking the journalism route. Youth Journalism International is a great platform for writers all across the globe to get to know each other,share their thoughts,cultures and news regardless of race,gender or nationality ! Behind this organsition are the most amazing mentors who help and guide you with the stories you have to share. It was a stepping stone for me and I'm sure it will be for future teen journalists!

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

The career aspect of my life.

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

Making new friends throughout the world.Learning new writing skills

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

AMAZING!! The most friendliest people i have ever come across

Ways to make it better...

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 28, 2010

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June 28, 2010

I never fail to feel inspired when I think about how far Youth Journalism International has come. It all started in 1994 with Jackie and Steve, two reporters in Bristol, Connecticut, who volunteered in their free time to teach local teens about journalism. That, in and of itself, would have been a tremendous achievement in a world where teens are often hard pressed to find an outlet for their creativity, intelligence, and ambition. But it soon became clear that the organization could – and should – become much more. Teens around the globe started reading American students’ work online and emailing requests to join. Seemingly overnight, YJI changed from a weekly journalism workshop in Connecticut into a global organization teaching students not just about reporting, but about the common bonds that unite all people across all national boundaries. Thanks to my involvement with YJI, I have been privileged to email, speak with and even meet young people from all over the world. I do not exaggerate when I say that nothing fills me with pride and hope for humanity’s future the way this organization and its students do. Certainly, students who work hard learn a lot about reporting and writing. But just as valuable, if not more so, are the intercultural friendships the group cultivates. I can think of no better forum than YJI for young people to teach each other about their respective worlds – about how they think, and feel, and live; about what makes us all different, but more importantly, about what makes us the same. And I can think of no better way than that for the world at large to begin working toward peace. It has been an honor to work with the bright, talented, kind young people who have made YJI a part of their lives. I hope they are as proud of themselves as their editors are of them, and I hope to work with them for many years to come.

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

I improved my writing skills, won numerous awards, and made friends with local students as well as international ones. I've had unforgettable experiences, like interviewing young girls from Afghanistan who were visiting the U.S. to play soccer.

Ways to make it better...

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

YJI has passionate, hardworking directors and new enthusiastic students who want to join every day. If we had more financial resources, we could devote more time to working with students, and could teach more students than we are able to right now.

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

making friends with other students, and watching new students enjoy that same experience.

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

above all, kind and genuinely concerned for their students. Jackie and Steve are parents themselves, and are always protective of their young students. For many, they are like a second set of parents.

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

arrange for international students to actually meet and work together in person more often. It could also pay the staff, so they could devote all their time to helping students, rather than just volunteering when they're not at work.

Ways to make it better...

there had been more resources available for travel, or just more time to devote to students.

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

lack of funding to do all the great things we would like to accomplish.

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

you can learn more about Youth Journalism International at www.youthjournalism.org.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 22, 2010

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June 22, 2010

Youth Journalism International is a platform for the new generation to evolve their voices from each corner of the globe; the voices that come with innovation, truth and opinions of youthfulness. YJI has been working to value the works of youth not only in the Journalism category, but in all other categories by spreading about their talent and their values effectively. YJI has been acting and would continue to bring cross cultural understanding between the youths of the nations which would definitely broaden up the scope of globalization. Since one of the core agenda for YJI has been focusing for a peaceful world through dialogue and understanding, it would certainly induce the new generation whom would act as the leaders of tomorrow to always consider the peacefulness of issues. As YJI gives awareness to the youth and world about the youth, it won’t be far away for YJI to become the world’s best source of information principally in regard to the youth’s perspective. I joined YJI in 2005 when I was in my teenage and I got amazed from the work of teens that had covered topics such as guidance for high school to issues of 9/11, biased journalism or travel articles. Initially I was naïve in writing, but the motivation and supports that were generously provided by the founders of the organization STEVE Collins and Jackie Majerus enriched me with a massive interest for writing and Journalism. With the great experiences and the mass of knowledge I have learned since I got associated with YJI, currently I feel proud for being listed as the member of the Board of directors of this great organization. My interest, support and loyalty would exist as long as the concept of YJI would exist.

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

expansion of my knowledge, expansion of my friend, understanding cross cultures,understanding more about the world, being globally involved, understanding Journalism and its ethics . and much much more.

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

The motivation, support and hope that always stays alive with the help of its founders and the ethic they have deployed within this organization.

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

Friendly, supportive, encouraging, intellectual and knowledge sharing people .

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 20, 2010
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June 20, 2010
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I joined this organization at a young age. But right from the start, the board and staff helped me feel welcome and encouraged me with each and every one of my pieces. They also gave me numerous opportunities to write pieces and provided me with the means to access people and places I couldn't by myself. This is not like some paper set up so kids could just write what they want to. This is REAL, professional journalism that provides news by teens that teens can use. It more than adequately prepares adolescents for taking on a career in journalism. It also gives teens great experiences that they could not have anywhere else. Some of my highlights of working with Youth Journalism International have been sitting in the press box with big newspaper correspondents and TV Reporters at an Obama rally, talking with CT Democratic senatorial candidate Ned Lamont and interviewing CT Senator Joe Lieberman while riding on his tour bus; all of this before I even turned sixteen. No other organization could do that.

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

volunteering myself by writing stories, taking photos and editing other people's work.

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

have them re-take my ID photo.

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

Meeting political figures, famous artists, musicians and the like. And press credentials get you into museum openings and events for free and they allow you to skip ahead of the line at rallies.

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

Encouraging, helpful and enthusiastic, yet realistic with the type of stories I wrote.

Ways to make it better...

I wrote more stories.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 19, 2010

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June 19, 2010

From economic problems to serious ecological hazards happening in the world today, our quality of life as we know it is under constant threat. That's why it's refreshing and relieving to know, first hand, that there is an organization out there who devotes it's energy into a positive cause in the most genuine manner. Youth Journalism International is doing a wonderful public service by expanding the voice of journalism to sources you won't be able to find in your run of the mill, agenda driven media today. I have had the privilege to personally get to know the founders of YJI, and I am honored to say that they are great friends of mine. The work they have done so far should serve as a template for other nonprofit organizations on how to conduct themselves. With the economy on the brink of shambles, it's hard to trust a reliable source for anything without feeling like someone is out to rip you off for their own personal gain. YJI is as pure and genuine as it gets, as they bring light to voices and readers from all around the world of all walks of life. Their efforts in the global community should be commended, and they will always have my full support and loyalty to help with the group.

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

My teenage years I spent as writer under the guidance of YJI's founders. The experience they provided helped me tremendously in my life and there is no doubt that they've reached the lives of many people all around the world.

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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

June 12, 2010

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June 12, 2010

I'm Cara and I've been with YJI since September 2009. When I joined I wasn't sure what to expect, but it's been better than I could've ever imagined. I don't know any organization like this: truly committed to young people, journalism and, not at all least important, cultural exchange. It's not simply an organization that teaches young people about journalism and provides them with a place to publish their articles. It's so much more. It's about learning about yourself and the world, too. It's a way to break barriers and to make young people care about people who are thousands of miles away. And isn't that one of the things we need most in this age where divisions become ever deeper and fear creeps into everyones life in one way or another? Where will we be if we stop caring about the voices of people like us, whether they live right across the corner or in a place we'll never visit. It doesn't always just have to be doom and gloom and seriousness to have an impact. It might just as well be about sports and hobbies. The realization that other people share the same hopes for the future is one of the most precious gifts for a human being anywhere. This is exactly what YJI is doing: making people get together and start understanding each other. You don't have to agree with someone to respect and understand them. By giving young people a voice YJI helps build a world with more understanding. Jackie, Steve and Katie are amazing and committed people. I'm so glad there are people like them around. It means a lot to me they're so devoted to this organization and encourage their students to improve their skills. If I hadn't found YJI I may not know yet what I know now: I want to be a journalist. Without YJI I wouldn't have had this amazing experience. Joining YJI is one of my best decisions so far.

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

become a really really powerful source of information and a platform for discussion and cultural exhange for young people around the world and bring more understanding to the world!

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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