Youth Journalism International

Rating: 4.97 stars   121 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  

I believe all of us have a story to tell. Oft times, that story never leaves the folds of our mind due the unavailibility of a channel to expel it through. Youth Journalism International is that channel. It's doing commendable work by congregating geographically, ethnically and religiously diverse young people, to share their news. The zeal with which these youth bring about global tidings is really something to see. Hats off to YJI.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

YJI is the youth gate into professional journalism career.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

YJI is amazing organization where I had life-changing Experience.

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?

2014

 
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3 people found this review helpful

I'm honored to be part of YJI. They played important role in my life.

- They gave me the opportunity to publish my photojournalism.
- They helped me when I was attacked in demonstration and my camera was stolen, they made campaign and brought me other equipment.
- They always motivate me and taught me many important lessons in photojournalism and personal life.
- They always offer us different opportunities to participate in local and international contest.

YJI is not just educational charity, YJI is awesome family and life that I'm honored to be part of it.

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?

2013

 
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2 people found this review helpful

YJI is not only amazing organization, it's also amazing family. They really help young people to make a difference in their community through giving them amazing journalistic skills and giving them platform to show their work.

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

 
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2 people found this review helpful

YJI is the best opportunity that youth can have. They really give us the space we need to express our opinions.

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

They make really outstanding outcome.

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

Nothing because YJI is really amazing.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I read the work of the young people, and am always amazed. Amazed at the excellent writing and thoughtfulness of the writing. Amazed at the geographical diversity of the writers. It's great that these young people have mentors who give them an opportunity to express themselves, and to grow as writers and thinkers.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I'm so proud to be able to say that I'm part of the Youth Journalism International (YJI) family. Both Steve and Jackie have been incredible in delivering a platform for teenagers to learn how to navigate the journalism industry. Whenever I've worked with YJI, I always felt that my voice was being heard and that my work was appreciated, which can be a rare thing these days! Through YJI, I've also met some amazing people from all over the world and learned how different cultures viewed world issues. Overall, I honestly couldn't fault YJI. They're a family that is with you through everything.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I feel privileged to be a reporter in youth journalism international, YJI is best described as the voice of the voiceless youth, they help us to be heard, I really enjoy learning new things there and I encourage all the youth to write and share their stories with YJI, it worth the try.

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?

2014

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Kids all over the world have come together to write their own stories for this organization, talking about their lives and their experiences. My story is not particularly heartwarming or incredible, but nonetheless it is an incredible experience for young writers, and an excellent chance to show the entire world what's important to you.

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?

A lot

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?

2014

 
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1 person found this review helpful

They are a great foundation. I have learned about writing and have even gotten published! A wonderful opportunity and met great people.

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?

2014

 
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1 person found this review helpful

YJI is a group like no other. They help youth all over the world cover their communities, regions and countries. YJI shows them that their articles and photos can have a positive impact on where they live, that they have a voice. YJI empowers youth. This is a priceless gift and I can think of no other group which has such a impact on youth. Jackie and Steve are tireless in their devotion to these young people.

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

secure more donations so they could help more young people create more positive change.

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?

A lot

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?

2014

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I've been a part of YJI for 6 years now and it has really impacted my life. Jackie and Steve are the best mentors and teachers, and my writing has improved tremendously. Not only have I learned everything about journalism, but the things I've been able to experience are amazing. We've gone to plays, talks and speeches by incredible people and recently we even went on a tour of Toronto, Canada. In Canada, we met with 3 other reporters for YJI who we'd only spoken to online. It was amazing to have something in common with those girls and with other people all over the world. I've gotten to know some great people from right here in West Hartford as well as from other countries, like Uganda and Tunisia, through YJI. Reporters for YJI come from tons of different cultures and backgrounds and share their expeirence through writing which is posted online on YJI's website. It's amazing that readers and other writers can learn about all kinds of events and customs from kids and teens who are right there. I volunteer at all of YJI's public events and I can honestly say that I support the organization 100%.

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?

2014

 
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2 people found this review helpful

My experience with YJI is amazing. I've had na huge support from the members, my writing got better and I realized how much certain things are importante to journalism, such as sources and photos, all that can give credibility to the professional and reliability to the readers. I think everyone should be a part of an organization like that, so well organized and supportive.

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?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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