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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 hila

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been involved with YJI for 16 years, since I was high school freshman. The writing, interviewing and editing skills and practice I gained at YJI at no cost were all priceless. In addition, YJI writers are currently in five continents, so it's easy to make friends worldwide.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I continued to be involved with Youth Journalism International for my 15th year. YJI keeps getting better. I am amazed by the work these young people produce and YJI leadership's standards of high quality. At the last gathering in CT, one of YJI's members from London attended as well as an alum from Canada. Nothing else that I am involved with is as diverse as this nor does it have such dedicated leadership and members.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Youth journalism International has provided me with something that has made me believe that i, a normal girl, can do wonders with what i have. up til now, YJI has been my life's greatest achievement. and no doubt, the organization has given me a lot of important information and is beneficial for both, its students and readers. i get from YJI, something that can never be obtained from anywhere else in the world! Luv u YJI!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Although it has only been a month, since i have joined Youth journalism international, Steve Collins, and Jackie Majerus; the editor and executive director, have excelled my expectations, by their polite and impressive ways of instilling the spirit of journalism. Their polite ways of telling me what to do, how to write, and communicate with the readers, has not only improved my writing, but has also given me a new hope. This organization has strengthened my hopes for the future. Not only me, but above 200 students from around the world have been provided with the same opportunity, and the doors are still open. Youth Journalism International is an organization that educates the young generation, to produce better journalists and photographers for tomorrow. The collective contributions of so many students coming from different cultures, results in the best journalism organization, for young people i have ever come across, with no doubt!

1 Narine D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a Youth Journalism International student already 2 years. During these years I have gained lots of journalistic skills with the help of YJI. This organization is a great opportunity for young journalists to do their first steps in journalism. Narine Daneghyan From Armenia

Jackie13

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been working with young people through Youth Journalism International since it began in 1994. Though this organization welcomes both young men and women, far more women take part. Sometimes, YJI is the only way their views are heard, and believe me, they have important things to say. It's been my joy to get to know and work directly with girls in Pakistan, India, Italy, Ireland, Australia, Armenia, Malaysia, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Vietnam, South Africa, Singapore, Egypt, China, the Philippines, the United States. Youth Journalism International gives them a platform for their work -- literally, a voice. Youth Journalism International not only teaches these young women about journalism and publishes their work, but connect these young women with each other. It's an amazing organization that deserves and gets my wholehearted support.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined YJI about a year ago, and have enjoyed every moment of working with them. Not only have they provided me a strong outlet for my writing endeavors, they have been the only volunteer writing group i have ever joined that actually has helped me along in the path of writing proficiency. They have offered the best constructive criticism at every turn, and taught me many things about writing that, without them, i still wouldn't know. Youth Journalism International not only provides young writers with a opportunity for exposure, but helps them along the way.

1 Le T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a student recently joined YJI and I have already been hooked to it. Within the last few weeks, I have made friends with wonderful young people around the world and hear their stories. I hope that I can contribute a little bit to this exceptional organization in the future through my articles and illustrations. I also hope that more people will get to know YJI and help build it into a financially strong organization to provide even more young people with an opportunity to be heard by the world.

1 Upasana B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There is something different about YJI - the way it respects everyone, regardless of age, the way it always gets involved with as many people as possible, and they way the founders constantly keep supporting you. There aren't many places out there providing a platform for young writers, and this is what makes YJI unique - it is doing something different, and it is doing it brilliantly.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

adewopo-festus-oluwafemi

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.