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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

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

YJI inspires and connects aspiring journalists around the world, providing many young people with opportunities they might not otherwise have. I've worked with the professional journalists at YJI's helm, and there's no one better suited to guide them in the tenets of journalism.

1 Tamara O.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The work Youth Journalism International is doing is obviously vital to our profession. Yet, most importantly, Steve and Jackie and this wonderful organization is teaching today's young people how to think critically, to speak up and to actively contribute to the discussion of the issues facing our world. Their tireless efforts to share their passion for true journalism is simply unmatched.

1 giojo

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I can't but reiterate my appreciation of Jackie and steve job! Keep on, you can't even imagine what you have been doing for young people! Thanks, thanks, thanks

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an IBO teacher I can't but praise Youth Journalism international. When my daughter began collaborating with them I couldn't believe that such a wonderful project would help her improving not only her writing but also her critical thinking skills. Writing is a powerful weapon of peace and Jackie and Steve have been able put toghether an army of soldiers using their keybord as weapons of peace, human rights, culture, worldover. Thank you!

1 Jeremy9

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A healthy Fourth Estate is critical to the health of the United States and the world. What better way to keep tomorrow's leaders in check than to train tomorrow's crop of journalists? Youth Journalism International serves this purpose, connecting students with working journalists, and providing real reporting and writing experience for children. A thoroughly well-conceived mission and well-run organization deserving of the highest praise.

2 Wendy27

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

While today's media outlets present celebrity weddings and sensationalism as top news of the day, it is refreshing to have an organization like Youth Journalism International. Reporting with accuracy, truth, objectivity and an un-jaded and unique perspective, from locations around the globe, it is even more incredible that the moving, poignant stories are coming from our young people who are living their reporting. YJI helps to build bridges while empowering young people regardless of age, culture or gender, to seek the truth and share it. The founders, Steve and Jackie Majerus-Collins and the YJI volunteers are providing guidance and opportunities to young journalists in ways that many would not otherwise have available. Endorsing and supporting Youth Journalism International will certainly have a postive impact on, not only young journalists, but the world at large and the future of journalism.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This group unites young journalists from across the globe who would not otherwise know each other. The caring, professional leaders of this group take time to teach the fundamentals of reporting and writing to young people while allowing the students' creativity to shine through. Young people don't often have a voice even in Western countries and this organization provides a forum for students' voices to be heard and developed. The leaders of Youth Journalism International respect their members and do not shy away from publishing content about controversial topics. In an era where education funding is in jeopardy and most middle schools and high schools do not have a school newspaper or a journalism class, Youth Journalism International fills this void. Students leave Youth Journalism International knowing how to write clearly and concisely about complex issues, which leads to their success at college and in their professional lives.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a high school newspaper adviser, it is not only important that my students' published writing receive recognition, but also that they receive a measure of their journalism skills. Eight of my students, including a very talented young student who received Student Journalist of the Year. won honors in YJI's 2010 Writing and Photography Contest. The staff was kind, courteous, and supportive during the process, and extra conscientious delivering the news, certificates, and trophies (as well as t-shirts and caps). The trophy for Student Journalist of the Year rivals any trophy award for a high school level contest, much less professional-level contests. YJI is a fine place for high school journalists to practice and hone their craft.