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October 25, 2012

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October 25, 2012

Youth Journalism International gave me an amazing experience. One that allowed me as a student to learn and improve on skills you need for journalism. I also get to work with great people and It helped me get to the journalist job I'm in at the moment. This is a great organisation offering amazing opportunities. It allows you to connect with other young journalists around the world and learn the skills needed for a career in photography or journalism.

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

A lot

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

Likely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 16, 2012

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1 previous review
September 9, 2010

Though I have not been writing for Youth Journalism International(YJI)for long, I can definitely say that this organization has opened up so many opportunities for us young, inspired writers. I came... more

October 16, 2012

I was a pretty mediocre student with decent grades and average extracurriculars; however, YJI gave me the credentials and the confidence to become so much more than merely an average Joe. After YJI published my first piece, I found that some people actually liked my writing, and so I decided to burrow further into journalism. Today I have two international, one national, one regional, and two county-wide writing awards and at seventeen I became a published journalist for a newspaper here in Florida. I believe wholeheartedly that none of this could be accomplished without YJI, for YJI gave me the foundation not only stand on, but also to grow upon. The recognition I received from YJI gave me the springboard to launch into larger things and Steve and Jackie (the YJI co-founders) truly invested their time in me and believed in me to write important pieces. They fostered my love of writing and encouraged me in my writing pursuits. YJI is more than merely a writing organization- it has the potential to change student's lives. Please invest in YJI, they could help so many more students if only given the chance.

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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

September 9, 2010

Though I have not been writing for Youth Journalism International(YJI)for long, I can definitely say that this organization has opened up so many opportunities for us young, inspired writers. I came along simply looking for a place to be heard, but found so much more. YJI has an incredible, hardworking, devoted staff who believes in us. It also has given me, personally, an opportunity to connect and build relationships with teens all over the world. Above all else, I found myself falling back in love with writing once again. While it feels great to begin to write as I please, YJI DOES need full time staff. The volunteers invest a lot of time and energy on us, and it is only fair to them AND us that they deserve a little something as well so they can better the organization.

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

E-mails sent back and forth between the editor and I.

Ways to make it better...

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

Ask for a full time staff.

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

I've been given the opportunity to write and be heard.

Ways to make it better...

it had a full time staff

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

not enough staff

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 31, 2012
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September 18, 2011

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 q... more

May 31, 2012
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.

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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

September 18, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

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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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.

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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.

August 14, 2010

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.

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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

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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.

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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

May 24, 2012

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1 previous review
September 3, 2011

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 po... more

May 24, 2012

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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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

September 3, 2011
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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!

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

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

Ways to make it better...

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

change nothing. it is the perfect journalism organization.

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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.

May 23, 2012
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May 23, 2012
1 person found this review helpful

YJI offer an amazing service, allowing for young people globally to be given an opportunity that they never would normally. They allow for as much or little commitment and time as students have.

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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

May 22, 2012
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May 22, 2012
1 person found this review helpful

YJI fosters the ideas that it is a good thing to be a well-written, well-informed, etc., world citizen (for lack of a better word; it's called Youth Journalism International for a reason). It provides an outlet of expression for those who wish it, and some great writing for those who wish to read it. While quite a few articles (just a bit much to me) involve pop culture, the serious side of journalism, the quirky side of it, and somewhat longish form journalism have all been presented as well. It's hard to understand how the folks who work so hard for YJI, who've founded it and pretty much dedicated themselves to it since 1994, have received such little recognition for this - when they deserve so much more.

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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?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

September 2, 2011
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September 2, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

They not only provide great opportunities for teens in the United States but also around the world. The articles produced are of great quality (a daily read for me) and give teens the space, tools, support, and an audience to have their perspective heard. They have great and important things to say!! I haven't heard of or seen any other organization fulfill this particular need, and I feel it is a critical service so we can hear a variety of voices! I say this as a participant 15 years ago and an avid reader since that time!

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

Rochester, MN

Ways to make it better...

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

NOTHING!

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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

How did you find this group?

Personal recommendation!

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

Helped me develop my writing skills for academic and enjoyment.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

1997

September 2, 2011
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September 2, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

Youth Journalism International (JYI) creates an opportunity for young people to share their experiences with, and to learn about the experiences of, other young people from across the globe. The people who get the most out of YJI are the same people who'se work allows YJI to flourish. This creates a pride in the personal achievements and the achievements of YJI. In my time at YJI I have not only improved my technical writing skills and self confidence, but also formed many friendships with people from places as varied as Connecticut, Alexandria and Kabul.

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

Improving my technical writing skills and self confidence as well as making friendships with people from across the globe.

Ways to make it better...

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

YJI requires funding to enable it to reduce the long waiting list of students trying to apply.

September 2, 2011
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September 2, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

Youth Journalism International has been fantastic in exposing students to the world of journalism and helping them get their stories out there. The people who go through this program are just absolutely astonishing, and I feel so privileged at having taking part in such an amazing organization. Over the past months, I've come to realize that this organization has given me opportunities to expand my horizons and see the world from a different perspective. It's because of YJI that I now have the opportunity to apply to something like Journalism studies in university in my country and it's really just been such a fantastic opportunity.

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

just recently this year.

Ways to make it better...

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

perhaps have a better system of submissions?

September 1, 2011
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September 1, 2011
2 people found this review helpful

I'm Lama Tawakkol and I'm an 18 year old from Cairo. I came across YJI earlier this year on the PBS website as they were running some of Jessica El Sayed's footage and commentary on the Egyptian Revolution. Jessica is an Egyptian YJI student, and being an Egyptian aspiring writer myself, I thought it would be a good platform for my work and a great opportunity for publishing. What I discovered was that it was not only a journalistic website, but also an academic organization that provides global youth with training and education in journalism. It was like enrolling in a journalism course for free, taught by two great journalists in person! I get one on one pointers via email/skype and I'm constantly being pushed to my utmost potential. I get to write about what I want, get published and learn, all in a family-like innovative atmosphere. The organization has also helped me make friendships around the world and exposed me to various cultures and peoples. It has kept me updated with my global surroundings. In four years when I'm out of college, or if I apply for any jobs right now, YJI will definitely be a main advantage for me.

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

forging global connections and friendships as well as learning from the experience of two amazing professional journalists who take out of their own time to teach international youth about journalism.

Ways to make it better...

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

help it increase its funds and gain more access to resources so that Jackie and Steve's (the founders) expertise and help can reach more people, and the organization can hire more people to help.

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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?

2011

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