Youth Journalism International

Rating: 4.97 stars   113 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Arts & Culture, Education, International

Location: 33 Griswold Drive West Hartford CT 06119 USA

Mission: Youth Journalism International connects teen writers, artists and photographers -- including Jessica Elsayed in Egypt -- 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." ............To learn more about Jessica Elsayed, click on the donate button.
Results: Since 1994, Youth Journalism International has trained more than 500 young people in journalism, helped more than 200 get published and built thousands of connections among young people in more than 30 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 in Africa and Asia in particular. Egypt has been especially targeted since the revolution in the winter of of 2011.
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Rating: 5 stars  

I will be interviewing these wonderful people as part of my Ph.D. research and my initial findings have been not only positive, but I'm absolutely stunned at the remarkable passion and talent of not only the student journalists but the staff who work tirelessly to ensure that youth throughout the world have a voice. Anyone considering donating to a worthy cause would not need to search beyond these amazing advocates for young people.

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Javkie and Steve were able to create something Beyond any expectation. My daughter got the chance to work as a journalist for many newspapers, got her master with disctintion at LSJ in London, and is currently working for IQ, the well know music-business magazione in London also thanks to YJI, and many students of mine are writing for and Learning from YJI.
It's a great non-profit organisation promoting peace, collaboration between young people, and boosting solid lasting friendship among youngsters from different cultures-
Thanks for your great job Jackie and Steven

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2014

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My son who is 13 years old in Singpaore is interested to be a journailist on TV Can you kindly assist to point him in the right direction to fan his interests and passion and to guide him on how to learn and be a great TV journalist? My email is prlst@yahoo.com Thank you Paul

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Though I have only been a reporter for Youth Journalism International for a short time, the experience is beyond my expectations. I am motivated to work on journalism at a professional level, all thanks to the great tips and comments from Jackie and Steve. What's more, YJI has become a community of aspiring students and journalists that I feel truly attached to. I know that if I travel to distant land, Jackie will be the first to reach out to local YJI reporters, who are glad to help me as I need.

When I think of YJI, I think of enthusiasm and gratitude. We are bound not only by the same passion but also by love and support. It is one of my best high-school decisions to be a part of such an amazing community.

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Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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At a time when young people are provided with fewer opportunities to meaningfully explore careers or find positive outlets for expressing themselves concerning serious issues of public debate, Steve and Jackie have created an invaluable resource to promote communication, positive self-expression and meaningful career advancement. Their passion for journalism and willingness to devote their time and resources to young people from all over the world is unparalleled. I wish there were more organizations like Youth Journalism International to push kids in the right direction.

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2013

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Under the direction of Jackie and Steve Steve Majerus-Collins my son and friends during their high school years learned the value of jounalistic writing. It has served them well through their college years and now in their chosen careers. Youth Journalism International has never been so important for young vocies to be heard around the world.

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Life-changing

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2013

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In our global world, YJI allows students to connect who would otherwise not be able to do so. Furthermore, by having a global hub of journalists, people can read a global, honest and heartfelt perspective on matters small and large. YJI really does make the world smaller. Most importantly, YJI gives a chance to all budding student reporters, and helps them along the way.

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A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Mark Twain says "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime."
— Mark Twain (The Innocents Abroad/Roughing It). These writers from Youth Journalism International let us travel the world. Thank you.

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

You bring the world's stories closer.

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

Seek more funds to continue this work.

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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.

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Life-changing

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Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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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

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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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I am a teen based in India and have been watching this organization closely. My brother is a reporter for YJI and I have seen him work with the organization. It is very beneficial to see so many young people from across the world interact with each other. YJI has been building a bridge between diverse group of people. Besides, the work done by its reporters is very interesting as it is different from usual stuff and written for teens. If provided with resources YJI can do a great job in spreading awareness across the globe.

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

developing an interest towards the kind of stuff it produces.

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

reading the work done by its volunteers.

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

met only one and he is my enthusiastic brother.

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

form a large base of readers 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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