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September 30, 2010

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September 30, 2010

Back in the old days, when YJI was still called the Tattoo and I was a high school freshman and aspiring writer, I joined the group because I thought it was extremely cool to hang out with real journalists at a real newspaper. It was one of the first times in my life I'd been treated as someone whose ideas mattered, and whose contributions were as important as others in the group. Steve and Jackie were wonderful mentors, and when they began to expand the group to include international writers, the quality of the paper only improved. Over the years, YJI has benefited not only me and my own writing skills and confidence, but has helped countless people discover the power of journalism to change their lives, and maybe even, someday, the world.

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

building confidence, empowering young people, teaching writing skills

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

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September 30, 2010

Youth Journalisim is the greatest thing that has ever happened to me. After some time Jackie and Steve are your god parents and all the memmbers are your sisters and brothers. We are family based on respect and understanding. We all share a common passion for writing which makes everything published a pure delight to read. They are real stories by real inspiring youth. Just like it was said about the British Empire the sun never sets on YJI. It is international in the true meaning of the world stretching from california to china. After writing for YJI about my idol HE WROTE ME! Being a part of YJI is a garuntee for respect and a heard voice.

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

my overral life. YJI taught me the importance of communication. It gave me hope in my dreams. Knowing there is place where everyone is heard and respected gives me hope and allows me to spread it in my community.

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

I wouldnt change anything but it would be really nice if we can have groups in every country who meet to discuss issues in their communities & is can raise money so that one representative from every country can go to CT every year to meet Steve & Jackie

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

reading everyone's amazing articles and being friends with Jackie and Steve.

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

although I have only spoken to them via email they were warm, friendly and intelligent.

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

have a huge international conference where it bring all its memmbers to meet in Connecticut.

Ways to make it better...

I had less exams so I can write in more work.

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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September 30, 2010

In any society or organization you may find yourself,your major priority should be the fact that you want to bring about a change and affect that area of yours positively.People around you must feel your impact, they must be aware of your existence. As a youth even the old ones who are still aspiring to achieve more success, you must not fold your hands until death fold them for you. The popular saying that "it is not over until it is over" is of great value in the sense that as a human being you must not be idle at any point in time."An idle hand is the devil's workshop".One of the most important and crucial factors in life is TIME and SEASON.As a youth you must know how to manage your time because time waits for no man. Laziness among the youths of nowadays in nothing to talk about.Young people derive more pleasure in partying,playing and the like forgetting that whatever we do today has a long way to go with our future.Writing is one of the best way you can use to equip and develop yourself intellectually,because it enables you to express yourself and as well impact knowledge into others. Beyond words of deceit, YJI in one of the international educative organizations you can belong to and your goals will be actualize.

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

This organization is that which has successfully form an international social,religious,educational and political ideology among youths across the globe.It has established a friendship network between youths from different continents.

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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

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September 30, 2010

Youth Journalism International gave me the unique to share some of my interesting musical experiences in their online newspaper. It was wonderful to be both the subject of an article and to have the chance to relate my side of the story. Youth Journalism International gave me this very special platform to write my views and made me consider myself as a writer for the very first time. I am extremely grateful to be a part of this wonderful organization.

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

the improvement in my writing.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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September 30, 2010

I began with YJI many years ago as a young writer introduced through a friend, this has over the years become an enveloping educational experience beyond any expectations. The dedication and learning provided by YJI to its students brings journalism to life for them, gives them the guidance and the motivation to write news, reviews, and articles on the world. Not just fluff but true journalism, of such caliber that Youth Journalism articles have won many awards including several I was part of. The dedication of Jackie Majerus and Steve Collins is immense. Their passion has brought about a whole new take on the world for me. I have met people from across the world, collaborated with them and made very close friends with several. I will soon be returning for my 10th visit, each time however long or short it is means so much. I am inspired and strongly support this organization into its future doing what they do best- journalism and educating young people and future generations. I am nearing completion of a novel that is being recognized across the world and has unbelievable contributors and support. The passion for writing has been boosted beyond my wildest dreams. I now have the where with all as does everyone, a second family and home, friends including some of my closest friends including one of my furthest close friends I spent a year with in my home in Canada, with me forever. I highly reccomend YJI and will support them to the fullest always.

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

By winning awards including group awards that highlighted the team work and skill of this talented group of people brought through YJI. Most of all the camaderie and the learning has brought people to do great things with their life, I credit YJI

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

learning so much about journalism and seeing other young people grow so much as writers and people

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

are the finest people , true and dedicated

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

change journalism for young people and adults alike in many corners of the globe

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 30, 2010

I have personally seen how involvement with the organization has changed students lives for the better (career option, self-confidence, networking) for over 10 years.Very dedicated group of people.

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

The many former student journalists I have talked to, including my wife.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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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.

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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

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