Youth Journalism International

Rating: 4.97 stars   135 reviews

Address:

33 Griswold Drive West Hartford CT 06119 USA

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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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

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?

2012

 
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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.

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

I've seen girls grow -- in their confidence, writing skills and willingness to tackle increasingly difficult topics -- as they progress in Youth Journalism International's program.

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

I would add paid staff to ensure long term sustainability.

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?

2012

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

I would love to be able to focus more attention on the students and not so much on worrying about where funding is going to come from to support these wonderful young people.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

My experience with YJI is one of the best things I've ever done in my life, because I know I am making a real difference in the lives of young people around the world. Besides that, my life is enriched through knowing these terrific young writers, artists and photographers.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

My experience makes me feel that the world really has a bright future based on these talented, compassionate and extraordinary young people who will soon take it over.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

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.

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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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.

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

I love reading the stories and pictures from youth from literally all over the world. These youth are very grateful to be a part of this organization and one even said it saved her life being able to have a voice.

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

The only change is YJI needs more money to continue running and help even more people. There is a waiting list of students.

 
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Through the leadership and dedication of the YJI staff, I learned how to write well. I wrote many award-winning stories as a teen. Not only did I improve my writing, I learned how to interview all kinds of people even in uncomfortable situations (such as interviewing the parents of a teen who committed suicide). I earned college scholarships for my work.

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

I am now a lawyer. I have to write and deal with all kinds of people in this profession. YJI has given the confidence and ability to do that well. I love the people in YJI and the work they do so much to this day I am still involved as an alum

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

If I ever get extra money, my number one charity to donate to would be YJI. The organization is real. The cross cultural connections of the teens and their publications are positive steps toward world peace.

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

the people and becoming smarter.

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

among the the best people I have met in my life. They are genuine, down to earth and caring.

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

be a big part in achieving world peace through its cross cultural connections and communications.

Ways to make it better...

all the international journalists could get together, even if for a day.

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

not enough funding to do more.

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

I will be involved in YJI for life and if I ever get $, I will donate it to YJI.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

 
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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!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Likely

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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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!

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

my writing skills, my thoughts, and thousands of other aspects.

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

change nothing. it is the perfect journalism organization.

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

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

The organization, is perfect, the change; is to be made by the people, by donating more and more, so that the doors of this youth journalism international remain open for students.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

my volunteering, gave me a lot of benefits, from increasing my writing skill, to meeting a hand full of new friends.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

it makes me feel spectacular, and encouraged.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

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.

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

Increased ability in my own writing, and in being exposed to like minded individuals across the globe.

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

Give it more funding.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

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.

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

Many ways.

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

Adopt better mailing list ;)

 
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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.

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

Improving my writing skills, and confidence, and giving me a place to try out something I couldn't else where on such a global scale.

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

Perhaps see if even more people can get involved and work towards increasing donations to keep it going!

 
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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.

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

building confidence, empowering young people, teaching writing skills

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2000-7-01

 
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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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

 
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