Youth Journalism International

Rating: 4.97 stars   124 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 500 young people in journalism, helped more than 250 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  

2 people found this review helpful

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.

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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1 person found this review helpful

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.

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

Make sure the group is well funded and promoted for all the work they do.

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?

2013

 
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1 person found this review helpful

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.

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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12 people found this review helpful

When I was a high school student Youth Journalism International taught me the ropes of journalism - the essential reporting and writing skills. But more importantly, it taught me why journalism is important and instilled in me the importance of passing that on. Group founders Jackie Majerus and Steve Collins, both professional reporters, take the time to not only teach students what they need to know to become journalists, but instill in them that what they do matters - that they can correct injustices, inform people, connect them to their communities and help them to live better and more freely. My work as a student journalist helped me win scholarships, go to college, secure paid internships at professional newspapers, freelance for professional publications and ultimately land a full-time job as a working journalist. Few if any of those things would have been possible without YJI. The YJI experience also helped me to understand the importance of continuing to teach others and to give them the opportunities YJI gave me. It led to my mentoring young people from students the college paper where I was editor to interns in newsrooms, through YJI itself and in student journalism projects of my own.

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

I've experienced this organization's work as a student who was mentored and educated, as a volunteer where I have seen the difference it makes in the lives of students and as a professional journalist continually impressed by its work.

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

Seeing the difference it makes in the lives of all sorts of students, from all sorts of backgrounds, and the work they're capable of producing once they're given the skills and mentoring the group provides.

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

Knowledgeable, committed and tireless in their efforts to instill in tomorrow's journalists the skill and love that will keep an essential civic function healthy well into the future.

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

Reach even more worldwide students than it already does, allowing them to tell their stories and teaching them to make a difference in their communities using the skills they learn through YJI.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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1 person found this review helpful

For people like me who love writing but didn't have a patform on which to practise journalism, YJI is a real blessing. The feedback and tips that Jackie and Steve give us are particularly valuable. Add to that the fact that anybody can write for YJI but the quality of writing still remains extremely high, and you've got the reasons YJI is a great non-profit!

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?

2013

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I began with Youth Journalism International during my sophomore year of high school, over a decade ago. I can say, in all honesty, that it was one of the best decisions of my life. Through my work for YJI, I learned how to become an effective writer, researcher and communicator. I had the opportunity to write stories about issues of real local interest: whether it was school board happenings, local sports results, or human interest stories, YJI gave me the opportunity to make my thoughts heard. My work at YJI helped me obtain a substantial scholarship to college, journalism awards, and helped put me on the road that has ended up with my becoming an attorney. Through the years, Steve and Jackie have continued to give that same opportunity to young people all over the world. They are truly wonderful people who have given life to a wonderful organization.

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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1 person found this review helpful

I was lucky enough to become involved with Youth Journalism International in 1996, when I was a sophomore in high school. At that point I was a teenager who wanted to get into writing and reporting, but had no idea how and where to start. Over the next three years, I learned about writing, reporting and researching, skills which helped me through college, law school, and continue to help me in my career as an attorney. I also learned that if you truly care, if you truly have a passion for something, you can make a difference. I learned that because Steve and Jackie truly care about introducing teens to the world of journalism, and they have made a difference to teens all over the world.

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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6 people found this review helpful

I was involved with Youth Journalism International when I was a high school student, from 1996-1999. It is hard to explain just how important that experience was to my development, both academically and as a person. I learned to write effectively for a variety of audiences. I also learned to research topics so that I was telling a complete story for the readers of our newspaper. I learned that when you work on a team, with a group, it is important to follow through on your work, because, in a way, everyone is depending on you. Even more importantly, I gained self-confidence, in that I found out that with hard work I could put out a news story that was of interest to people in my area. Steve and Jackie are two of the most thoughtful, most dedicated people I've ever met. They truly care about the members of YJI, and have done everything in their power to make sure that everyone has a positive experience. You can find people positively affected by YJI on a local level, a national level, and a global level. The lessons I learned from Steve and Jackie served me well in college, in law school, and now as I practice law. I can never thank them enough, and I can't say enough positive things about YJI.

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

that YJI has been crucial in my development as a student and professional. The writing and researching skills I learned will serve me well for the remainder of my career.

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

working with Steve and Jackie, and learning about writing, researching, and working as a team to put out a great end product.

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

kind people from a variety of backgrounds. Everyone worked hard and truly wanted to learn how to write and produce news stories.

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

have an even greater global reach, and could help improve journalism education for students across the world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I started working with Youth Journalism International more than a decade ago. From the beginning, Jackie and Steve served as mentors, honing my writing and interviewing skills. Their efforts led me to be more inquisitive, more thoughtful, and more capable of sniffing out a story from miles away. Although their efforts were directed through the lens of journalism, the results have served me well throughout college, medical school, and now a neurosurgery residency. Jackie and Steve, through Youth Journalism International provide young students with the skills necessary to develop as critical thinkers and flourish in any field or career.

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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4 people found this review helpful

I got involved with YJI during my freshman year of high school, 15 years ago. Jackie and Steve were excellent mentors who taught me the skills necessary to research, write, and publish news and opinion articles. They empowered me, as a teenager, to ask questions of the adults around me, and they taught me to do this in a respectful, but persistent, manner. The technical skills have been tremendously helpful throughout my work as a medical student and researcher. More importantly, my time with YJI gave me ye skills and confidence needed to succeed as a woman in the male-dominated field of neurosurgery.

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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Rating: 4 stars  

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.

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

 
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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.

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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3 people found this review helpful

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.

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

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

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

Ask for a full time staff.

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

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

 
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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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18 people found this review helpful

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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2 people 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.

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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