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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

44 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Selva M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A great organization for aspiring journalists! Not only do students get a chance to learn more about the industry and become better writers, they also get to form cross-cutural ties!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

YJI has taught me how to write news and opinion articles better as well as give me greater insight into the field of journalism. Its great editors work closely with students to improve their reporting skills. I will recommend anyone who is in his/her youth and is interested in the field of journalism to join this marvellous organisation!

2 Yasser A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

YJI is the youth gate into professional journalism career.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

YJI is amazing organization where I had life-changing Experience.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Youth Journalism International has been one of the best parts of my teenage years. This exceptional organisation educates youth around the world and makes sure that their voices are heard. It worked like a godsend to feed my passion for journalism and make me not only a better writer but also a better thinker. The editors work with the students with great dedication. By connecting the youth around the world, Youth Journalism International is producing a new generation of journalists who are the champions of tomorrow.

3 Olivia19

Client Served

Rating: 5

Youth Journalism. International is one of the most beneficial organizations I have been involved with. Everyone always does so much hard work, and goes above and beyond to make journalism for youth possible, and give youth a voice in journalism. Ms Jackie always hears my questions and will work with me whenever I need her- it's really a swell thing.

1 Dawit L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Youth Journalism International has been a very supportive and friendly place for me to be a part of. In addition the team(Jackie Majerus-Collins) works extra hard to get everything done with that especial YJI touch. I have always got good help from YJI as a student.

2 Linus O.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Not many nonprofit could match Youth Journalism International's standards when it comes to empowering the youth to become actively engaged in living out their passions. Here is an extraordinary organization dedicated to helping young people all over the world to become better writers, cartoonists, journalists, designers, photographers and the like. This is an organization where dreams are made into realities.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Ever since joining YJI a few month back, it's become an extremely important part of my life. Through this organization, I've met many great people and gained a lot of treasured experiences.
From the day I joined, I was welcomed heartily, and having such a supportive community of writers has given me a lot more confidence in my own writing.
I've covered stories at the Peace in Connecticut conference for nonviolence and the Inspiration to Action panel, events that I probably wouldn't have attended otherwise, but that I was really glad to have gone to. And just recently I was able to go on the Toronto Tour 2014 and meet up with more YJI students in Canada where we collaborated on a bunch of pieces. I made a lot great friends on the trip and learned about their lives, which gave me great perspective.
So many of the experiences I've had with YJI - ranging from camping, to trying falafel, to traveling to a country that I've never been to before - would not have happened for me without this organization. The best part is that after having these experiences, I get to share them with readers from all over the world.
In addition, I've learned so much about journalism, writing, and about myself as a writer. Jackie and Steve are great mentors; they're incredibly dedicated and encouraging. I could not think of better people to learn journalism from.
For many teens nowadays, it's hard to get their opinions across and be taken seriously. YJI does a great job helping youths around the world express themselves in a sophisticated manner. Even if someone's not looking to become a journalist, YJI is a great organization to be a part of, just for the new experiences and sense of community.

1

Client Served

Rating: 4

Being part of youth journalism international YJI has been more than just a learning experience, they're a real world wide family that teaches, supports, and share experiences. YJI's learning system offers a real valuable learning in journalism where everything's explained l, and even if you're lost you'll find the answer by being a part of YJI's family.
That's only a breif summary of how is it like to be a part of youth journalism international, my international journalism family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Youth Journalism International is a great organisation, full of pleasant and welcoming people. They are always willing to take the stories their students want to publish, and are set up so that you can write what suits you whenever it suits you, which is extremely helpful when school work means that you need to take a break. When a new person joins Jackie alerts the students, so that we can all welcome the new person into the organisation, and it is clear from the start that you will be cared about.

1 joe18

Client Served

Rating: 5

My wife and I began our journalism careers as students with Youth Journalism International.

We're now both award-winning professional reporters who have been published by a number of newspapers and now work for the News & Record in Greensboro, NC.

We use the skills we learned from YJI's Jackie Majerus and Steve Collins every day and have been lucky enough to pass them on to other young journalists, students and interns. We've been amazed to see Youth Journalism International grow in the years since we were students and the quality of the journalism they produce with young people all over the world.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to YJI as a 15-year-old high school sophomore with a keen but unfocused interest in writing. Through one-on-one mentoring and on-the-job news training with Jackie and Steve Majerus-Collins, I was set on the path that would make me an award winning professional reporter.

Youth Journalism International took a raw, burgeoning curiosity and honed it into a passion and skill for investigation and analysis.

It put me miles ahead in my first college journalism classes and gave me a leg-up when I began looking (and competing) for internships.

And ultimately, it taught me ethical and technical lessons I still use everyday in my career as a journalist.

Just as crucially, it introduced me to other young men and women from different backgrounds, classes and cultures -- a number of whom became lifelong friends. Opening a young person's world that way is invaluable and still a vital part of what this group does every day.

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