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September 7, 2010

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September 7, 2010

I am a teen based in India and have been watching this organization closely. My brother is a reporter for YJI and I have seen him work with the organization. It is very beneficial to see so many young people from across the world interact with each other. YJI has been building a bridge between diverse group of people. Besides, the work done by its reporters is very interesting as it is different from usual stuff and written for teens. If provided with resources YJI can do a great job in spreading awareness across the globe.

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

developing an interest towards the kind of stuff it produces.

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

reading the work done by its volunteers.

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

met only one and he is my enthusiastic brother.

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

form a large base of readers across the world.

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 7, 2010

I have been involved with YJI for almost a year, and I absolutely love it! I had always enjoyed writing, but never thought that I would find journalism so fun and interesting. In the short time that I have been a reporter, I have aready attended several plays, after which I worked with other members to write reviews. I believe that YJI has improved my eloquence and quality of writing, and I now have the courage to write my first piece by myself. I am so glad that I joined!

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

my ability to write better and new appreciation of the printed press.

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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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September 7, 2010

YJI is an amazing program. I was involved with this program while in high school for a few years. It was always a pleasure to be a part of a group that helps future writers (and artists) write stories that are published in the local paper as well as online. I can remember our local team in Bristol, CT working with kids from all over the country and all over the world submitting amazing stories from life as a teen, surviving high school, and more in depth and personal stories such as the life of a girl who's life was turned upside down because of Hurricane Katrina, and a student's struggle with his sexuality. It is a very educational program, as I learned to write and edit stories that were to be published, and worked with other writers at my age that were just as passionate as I was. This program really helps students realize their potential as writers and editors, and many of the stories have won local, regional, and national journalism awards! I continue working with the group after I had moved away to Florida, still publishing stories until life got in the way, but I am always there to support their cause and help other students achieve the experience and inspiration that I had while being a part of YJI.

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

the paper every week, and online. I always go back to read the amazing stories that students are creating every day. Its great to see that the group is still going strong, and are helping future writers make their dreams a reality.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2005

September 7, 2010

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September 7, 2010

Youth Journalism International provides young people with oppurtunities that they cannot recive with other organizations. Because of YJI, I've had the ability to spend several days at ESPN covering their 30th anniversary, ride on Senator Joe Liberman's campaign bus during his successful 2006 senatorial campaign, interview several composition professors at distigushed New England colleges, and most importantly, meet and interact with students all over the world. This is, I believe, YJI's most important feature. Apart from the superb educational value, apart from the great experiences, this culture of cross-cultural understanding is what makes YJI special. Suddenly, when I hear about a bombing in Kabul, or an earthquake in Italy, or a drought in Egypt, it's personal. I have friends there. I've read their published work, and I've read their emails to the group. Sometimes I'll have spoken with them on the telephone, or on Skype. It makes world events a real concern, and makes abstract problems on the other side of the globe important to me. The United States is fighting a was in Afghanistan. Because of YJI, I think about not just the American cost of the war, but the cost to the honest working people of Afghanistan. YJI did that for me. It has given me- and others- a whole new look on the world.

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

stories I've written, places I've gone, and people I've met.

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

give YJI more money. With a very limited budget, YJI has done tremendous things. Imagine what they could do with more.

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

meeting students from other cultures.

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

awesome. No other word to describe them.

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

not just change the world for 100 students, but 1,000, or 10,000.

Ways to make it better...

I had written more.

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

lack of funds.

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

YJI is the best organization I've ever seen, and is perhaps the most underrated nonprofit in the world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 6, 2010

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September 6, 2010

I first found the Youth Journalism International newspaper by accident and have been a fan ever since. A teenager's outstanding account of the New Orleans disaster, a series of stories on teen suicide, an Afghan teen account of travel through the Khyber Pass, reviews of plays and music and many more stories led me to encourage my grandchildren to volunteer and write for Youth Journalism International. What an educational experience for them. They not only became much better writers and reporters but also they became aware of other aspiring teen writers from all over the world. They are able to write of their first-hand experiences with the help of the two Journalism editors.

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

In the interest my grandchildren take in viewing and writing about their world.

Ways to make it better...

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

make it larger, increase its funding, add staff and expand it to other physical locations.

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

IT helps teens to become writers and journalists and lets adults to share teen experiences and their views on many events shaping our world

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

Dedicated,dedicated and dedicated.They are knowledgeable patient and extremely helpful.

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

expand the cadre of world-wide teen journalists who communicate with each other and the public.

Ways to make it better...

The organization was larger, had more editorial staff and administrative help.

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

growing larger to educate and motivate more teens while retaining the sense of community among them

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

This is a unique organization. It educates young writers in a non-threatening atmosphere. It is also a great confidence builder in young people.

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 6, 2010

I've been a student in YJI for about a year. I got to do a lot of cool things like go to the first live theater performance I've ever been to, write about a hearing at the state capitol and other events. I've made good friends of many ages, including some from my age group and some older people who have been in YJI for a long time.

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

I've learned about writing journalism and some grammar.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would make sure they had more funding.

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

Going to fun events, like the theater and parties where Youth Journalism members from all around the world came and got to meet the local members.

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

They were really nice and supportive and I learned a lot from them.

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

It could bring all the kids from all over the world together and reach out to kids in different counties.

Ways to make it better...

I don't know how it could have been better! I was in it since 7th grade and I wrote a lot and it was really fun!

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

Having enough funding to do events and help kids.

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

Youth Journalism is a Grat organisation that brings together kids from all over the world. I learned a lot about writing and made some good friends!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 5, 2010

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July 7, 2010

YJI is a positive outlet. Whether it be journalism, cartoons, etc, YJI exemplifies an upbeat and youthful voice. Current trends and worldwide happenings, the youth has something to say and YJI provide... more

September 5, 2010

One word for YJI. Awesome! The organization is like a family. Everyone is each others' mentors. They always push you to try new things and be more daring and courageous. As an individual, YJI, is able to tap into a potential that may have seemed non-existent. News reporting and cartooning was my outlet and it was so much fun. I gained confidence by going out there and talking to people and asking questions and learning how to ask the right questions. It's not about how action-packed or glamorous the story is, it's about getting it right and making interesting enough for people to care. YJI teaches about the basics of communication, social networking, and professionalism. I went to school for art, but I use the skills I learned from YJI to promote myself as an artist in the challenging art world. YJI understands that the youth is the future, and by teaching the youth how to report, analyze, and project the news, YJI is nourishing the vitality and longevity of positive and quality news/media.

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

My post art school career. They've made me a more confident and analytical person, which is key when being an artist.

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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

July 7, 2010

YJI is a positive outlet. Whether it be journalism, cartoons, etc, YJI exemplifies an upbeat and youthful voice. Current trends and worldwide happenings, the youth has something to say and YJI provides the tools and means of doing so. With such a dedicated staff, YJI is a leader in global communication and is creating a cohesive and harmonious social network. YJI is not just a group, but rather a movement of creative and diverse media.

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many capacities

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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September 5, 2010

It's every aspiring young journalist's dream - an organization headed by wonderful and helpful people who give you the opportunity to work on your writing skills and receive constructive criticism. I started writing for YJI a few years ago. Some of my best articles have appeared in "The Tattoo". What I love about YJI is that it truly is international. It brings together young people from all over the planet in one project. "Teamwork" takes on a whole new dimension if it means having to write e-mails across various time-zones and Skyping way past one's bedtime in order to get an article done properly. But it's all worth it.

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

the process of applying for internships with newspapers and magazines. My latest article for YJI was particularly praised by almost everyone.

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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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September 5, 2010

I began working with young writers, artists and photographers on a weekly basis in 1994. My involvement grew over time and now I give several hours each day to YJI. Working with students at Youth Journalism International is among the most rewarding things I've ever done in my life. These young people are bright, talented, compassionate and eager to learn. We set high expectations for them, from ethics to storytelling and they consistently deliver. Through serious news stories, feature writing and reviews as well as first person journaling about such diverse topics as high school life, Hurricane Katrina, family travel to an ancestral homeland and fasting for Ramadan, YJI students offer the world a new perspective. They are the future of journalism, a field which badly needs an infusion of good young people. But they are so much more. YJI students have also gone into law, medicine, teaching, homemaking, computer technology, social work and more. We are very proud of each of them. Many alumni stay involved and help younger students. No matter the field they choose, they all gain confidence in themselves by conducting interviews and writing powerful stories. They learn that they, too, have a voice, and they learn how to use it effectively. One of the most rewarding parts of leading this wonderful organization is seeing the many friendships that develop between YJI students around the globe. Without YJI, these young people would have a narrower world view and something would be missing from their lives -- the friends they met and the perspective they gained by getting to know young journalists in other countries, from cultures and religions other than their own. It's extremely gratifying to see understanding and then bonds of friendship develop between them. YJI students and YJI alumni have spirit, energy and great ideas. They give me great hope for the future and for a peaceful world. I can't imagine my life without them.

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

Some students enter YJI at an advanced level and do great work right away. We polish those skills and savor their triumphs. Others come with few skills in English, writing or journalism. Helping them learn and watching them grow is especially sweet.

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

Have adequate funding so YJI's leaders could dedicate themselves full time to its deserving students instead of squeezing in volunteer hours while working another job. With new students weekly, YJI is ready to soar, but suffers from a lack of money.

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

seeing the light bulb go on in students as they discover their voice, whether writing or interviewing. It's wonderful when they see the power they have to make a difference through words. I also love seeing friendships develop between students.

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

the students and alumni and supporters of YJI are among the finest people in the world and are definitely my favorites! They go above and beyond in every way.

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

build more bridges between people and nations. It would have staff around the world working directly with students. It would bring students from different nations together to work collaboratively on projects while promoting cross-cultural understanding.

Ways to make it better...

I can't imagine a better experience, except being able to dedicate myself full time to YJI and its amazing young people.

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

the need for funding. YJI's volunteer leaders must constantly make the difficult choice of how to spend their limited time - work with students now, or focus on raising money so they can work more with students in the future.

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

YJI is amazing because of the awesome people who are in it and who support it with their generous gifts. YJI is truly making the world a better place by building bridges between people and giving young people a voice. Thanks to all who make it possible!

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 5, 2010

I first found Youth Journalism International online when I was 12. I can not stress enough how the organization had a profound impact on my life. As a writer, both Jackie and Steve helped me fine tune my craft, and as a result I won several writing awards with YJI. On a personal level, Jackie and Steve mentored me and, on numerous occasions, opened their homes to me when I needed it most. As a writer from Nebraska, it was through their guidance that I eventually ended up at a large private university in Boston. My work through YJI changed my life and helped me become the person that I am today.

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

my personal and educational life.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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