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

Youth Journalism International is one of the best organisations which shapes the future of aspiring young journalists in the whole world.Despite members are from different cultural backgrounds, YJI also coordinates them to work together in various projects . Thumbs up to the editors and continue your awesome role.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

Youth Journalism International is an organization truly devoted to educating young journalists and introducing them to people worldwide who share their passion. As young person, it can be difficult to get an audience for your work. But YJI's global platform gives young journalists a wide and receptive audience to share their passion with. The program helps writers, as well as artists and photographers, grow and develop their craft with people who share their drive. It is welcoming from the very start, allowing students to connect with one another and learn from each other in an environment that encourages cooperation and collaboration. The mentors work closely with students to help them with their pieces, so students learn not only how to write good articles, but also how to be good journalists and embody the values of ethical reporters.

I've been writing for YJI since 2014, and in the past couples of years itself I've been granted a variety of opportunities to develop my writing. I've travelled to Texas, and Washington D.C., where I'd been given the opportunity to participate in journalism conferences, and also to Canada, where myself and two other YJI students met up with students there and wrote about our experiences.

YJI promotes lasting connections across borders, bringing together writers, artists, and photographers. The program has given me the chance to meet YJI students from Iowa, Missouri, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and the Netherlands. Not only have I made good friends, but I've learned much about journalism from these amazing writers and inspiring experiences.

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

A lot

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?

2016

 
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1 person found this review helpful

YJI is one of those organisations which I started to love at first sight. It is really sole organisation which is like a big family where you have two amazing parents` Jackie and Steve, and also where you have a lot of sisters and brothers from all over the world. This is journalists' family where you can not only learn about journalism or improve your skills but also learn how to love and respect each other in spite of nation and religion.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

YJI is an incredible organization that connects students from all around the world to one another through the beautiful medium of writing, and I've definitely enjoyed my part in it. Through their encouragement to think deeply about the critical events that are shaping our world's history and to be an active participant in spreading our ideas, the founders Jackie and Steve have both created a truly unique and inspirational program. It is an excellent opportunity for anyone looking to expand their writing knowledge as well as their perspective, and I highly recommend it for even those who may not want to be journalists in the future.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

This organization is truly dedicated to empowering young voices all across the world regardless of their ethnic background, language or religion. Students gain precious experiences, learn work ethic, build friendships with brilliant people miles away and most importantly discover how to observe world through the eye of a journalist under guidance of their two amazing leaders Jackie Majerus and Steve Collins. I've been working with them for over a year now, and I've learnt so much more than I expected.
This organization definitely deserves more praise and attention. The excellent work they do, is what we need the most for a better world.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

The only journalism organisation that cares for youngsters across the world who wish to get into the journalism sector. Everybody is so welcoming, friendly and helpful as soon as you join. Thanks to its wonderful leaders, participants of Youth Journalism can get the best advice for any piece of writing they wish to publish. It has been a step forward for me and I cannot thank them enough.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

This program is amazing! It's perfect for youth who are looking to be a journalist in the future or for youths who are just taking writing as a hobby. It preps you and teaches you so much. In this program I've learned a lot and I also loved working together because we quickly became family. I recommend anyone who loves writing or/and wants to become a journalist in their future to join this great program for journalism.

 
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5 people found this review helpful

Youth Journalism International is one of the greatest non-profits in the world if not the best. To learn about journalism you'll have to wait until you finish High School but with YJI, you can learn a lot within a short span and I'm grateful enough to have learned about the practical part of journalism, which I will be forever grateful to.
In Africa many young people drop out of school immediately after finishing their high schools due to finance, thus pushing away their dreams faraway but with such non-profits around the world, those young people are presented with another chance to fulfil their dreams. Youth Journalism International is the best among all! Thank you for paving the way for my quest of becoming a professional journalism.

 
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4 people found this review helpful

Youth Journalism International is an exceptional charity that uses journalism to build bridges between young people across the world. I've been writing for YJI since 2007, and as a student in the United States, I've made lasting friendships with other young journalists in Africa, Asia, and Europe. I've learned that whether we're American or Egyptian, Pakistani or Ugandan, British or Korean, we are all people who share many of the same hopes, fears, and dreams. YJI unites the world.

In addition to its role as a global force for peace, YJI also gives young people a voice in a world where we're often ignored. Tomorrow's leaders are able to write about the leading issues of the day from their own perspective, and add their ideas to the global conversation about where we're headed as a world. And not only does YJI give students a platform for their voice, it also helps us find it. For kids who didn't grow up being told that their views mattered, YJI is there to help them realize their potential as global change-makers.

For these reasons and more, I enthusiastically recommend YJI as one of the world's truly great nonprofits.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

Youth Journalism International is an extraordinary organization that is the training ground for the Pulitzer Prize-winners of the future. Executive Director Jackie Majerus is an experienced veteran of the newspaper business, and of the journalism education world, having been teaching young journalists since 1994. She, and the others who work with students at YJI, are helping them learn the skills that make a great journalist. And really, isn't that what this is all about?

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

More staff, which means more money. Fundraising efforts need to be improved.

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?

2014

 
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3 people found this review helpful

Jackie and Steve's dedication to the mission of YJI inspires me to voice a change within our community. Rarely have I found a publication and a family so committed to spreading integrity and kindness. I thank YJI for shaping an unforgettable part of my earlier years as an aspiring writer and young citizen of the world!

 
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