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September 30, 2010

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September 30, 2010

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.

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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.

Ways to make it better...

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.

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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

September 29, 2010

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September 29, 2010

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.

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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.

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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

September 8, 2010

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September 8, 2010

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.

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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!

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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

September 7, 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

September 5, 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

September 5, 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.

Ways to make it better...

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

September 4, 2010

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September 4, 2010

In my country India, the awareness about journalism education at high school level, a stepping stone, is too low. I was meandering in my quest for guidance and I came across YJI. I think, YJI gave me more than just guidance, it came as a godsend. First of all, Jackie Majerus and Steve Collins are inspirational. Handling hundreds of students across the globe is no ordinary task. Secondly, the professional approach with the mix of values has incentivized journalism education. Thirdly, intra-organization interaction infuses motivation and a strong desire to perform. Although, we are miles away from each other, I feel that my editors are with me. Fourthly, YJI is globalisation incarnate. The fact that today I have friends in Afghanistan and US and potential friends all across the globe speaks for it. The diversity of views and ideas is really enriching. Finally, YJI has given a forum to the teens from across the globe and in the process tapped a huge resource.

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

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in my own transformation. Movies like All The President's Men, State of Play, Broken Glass, One Fine Day could not do what YJI did for me. It instilled in me a romance with the profession.

Ways to make it better...

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

For me, YJI is sacrosanct. But I think having few more individuals to handle the work would enhance the organization.

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

that it has been my tryst with journalism. Interacting with so many people from different parts of world having diverse views is very enriching.

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

extremely supportive and helpful. Despite having hundreds of students, individual attention was given.

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

give TIME and NEWSWEEK a run for their money.

Ways to make it better...

we had more people to get the best out of the students.

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

infrastructural constraints.

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

if YJI had more funds and a supporting staff, it'll do even better.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 29, 2010

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July 29, 2010

In 2008 I needed an internship for my high school, but opportunities for young journalists or reporters are extremely rare in my area. I searched everywhere for something that would work. One day, I found the Tattoo online and sent them an email asking to be involved. A few months later I heard back from YJI, which was a new organization at the time. I jumped at the chance to work with them and it has been great. Although I don't write as much as I used to, it has been wonderful writing articles and working with the other talented students involved in YJI. I don't think I could have had an experience like this anywhere else; you get to interact with kids from all over the world, do something you love, and feel like part of something amazing.

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

my writing. Jackie and Steve have helped improve how I write articles to make them more exciting for readers. I've also seen how YJI connects so many people in one organization.

Ways to make it better...

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

expand YJI so that it could help even more kids. If there were multiple headquarters all over the place, the reporters could meet and work together in person. That would require much more staff and funding though.

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

getting constructive criticism on my writing so that I become a better journalist.

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

so helpful, caring, attentive, and amazing. The volunteers are all extremely talented and the staff is always them for us.

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

do anything! With that much money, YJI could really accomplish a lot.

Ways to make it better...

I could have met everyone involved in the organization. Unfortunately, I live across the country and don't get back east much.

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

lack of funding and not being able to personally meet every volunteer.

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

YJI has come so far in the past 2 years and at the rate it is progressing, I'm excited to see where it will be in a few more years.

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 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

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