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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Civil Rights, Education, International, Media & Communications, Promotion of International Understanding, Student Services

Mission: Youth Journalism International connects teen writers, artists and photographers 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."

Results: Since 1994, Youth Journalism International has trained more than 600 young people in journalism, helped more than 400 get published and built thousands of connections among young people in more than 50 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 throughout the world, including developing nations in Africa and Asia.

Community Stories

52 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Matt65

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

1 Jeff76

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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%.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started being involved in YJI in December 2010, and it is definitely worth it. As a student in high school, I'm able to report and write and be published already, and it's truly a great feeling. The people who started this, Jackie and Steve, are kind people who have taught me a lot about journalism and writing. Without them, this awesome opportunity wouldn't be there for me or any of the other teenagers all over the world who participate in YJI. Right now I am a junior in high school seriously looking at a job in English education so I can educate young people on the wonders of writing and journalism like Steve and Jackie have done for me.

1 giojo

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I can't but reiterate my appreciation of Jackie and steve job! Keep on, you can't even imagine what you have been doing for young people! Thanks, thanks, thanks

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an IBO teacher I can't but praise Youth Journalism international. When my daughter began collaborating with them I couldn't believe that such a wonderful project would help her improving not only her writing but also her critical thinking skills. Writing is a powerful weapon of peace and Jackie and Steve have been able put toghether an army of soldiers using their keybord as weapons of peace, human rights, culture, worldover. Thank you!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As one of Youth Journalism International's first student reporters, I have been thoroughly impressed by how much this organization has grown and how much it has helped connect young journalists. Prior to working with Jackie and Steve, the founders of YJI, my interests were mostly in creative writing. However, with their guidance, I found a new writing outlet. Had I not been involved with YJI as a high school student, I would never have had the courage to apply to be a student reporter at my college's newspaper. I worked my way up through the ranks and even held an editorial position. I do not believe I would have chosen this path had it not been for YJI, and I'm grateful to Jackie and Steve for their continued support. Part of what is so fantastic about YJI is that the contributors are teens from around the world reporting on issues that matter to them. Another great thing about YJI is that the network doesn't end once you are no longer a teen. Many YJI student reporters have traveled or studied abroad and have had the opportunity to connect with other YJI members. I myself have experienced this and feel that it is one of the many things that makes YJI special. Youth Journalism International fosters a respectful atmosphere and connects budding journalists from around the globe, allowing its members to hone their journalistic skills and create lifelong friends in the process.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

YJI connects young journalist from all over the world and by doing so, they have allowed its members to open up their eyes and see all that's going on around the world while we all live our lives in a small suburb or a city. Because of this organization, I've been able to connect to people from around the world with different beliefs, views and ideas. Not only is the organization a fantastic one, the people who run it are just as amazing!Steve,Jackie and their family and friends also involved in running the organization have invited all the members to stay involved in their lives and have been very generous and kind. No matter the distance of each members of YJI, we are just a close and it feels like a big family. More then thankfull for all YJI has done!!They deserve all the best!

Mohamed Farid

Volunteer

Rating: 5

it's my pleasure to be a volunteer here .. and i'll exert more effort to achieve success

1 Minha L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

YJI is an extremely caring organization that I was grateful to be a part of. As a teenager in Minnesota who became a reporter for YJI, I never had thought I could reach such a huge audience with my voice as a high school student and I never had thought I would receive such fantastic support. The YJI team makes a point to promote a sense of community globally. They have done so by being personally connected to every reporter from all over the world. Then they even go further and connect those who are involved. I have made life-long friends with people through the YJI even though we live in different parts of the world. YJI is an organization that provides valuable point-of-view of important world events in the eyes of the youth. I cannot imagine a better organization that globally empowers the voice of our future.