Youth Journalism International

Rating: 4.97 stars   112 reviews

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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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When Malala Yousafza, a 14-year-old Pakistani girl, was shot by The Taliban for advocating education for girls in her Swat Valley home, the world felt angry and sad. At Youth Journalism International, we did, too. But we also did something concrete: we asked our students to write about it. Among the many eloquent pieces we received was one from a Pakistani girl, 15-year-old Arooj Khalid, who has been writing for YJI for more than a year already. It's a beautiful piece, courageous and true. And that's what makes YJI so special: We are out there helping young people around tell their stories, day in and day out. There's nothing else like it.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Youth Journalism International constantly surprises me. It's always done a wonderful job of helping young people around the world tell the stories that shape their lives. It's built bridges across cultures and opened minds in many ways. Only recently, though, have I realized how its extensive coverage of the arts is making a real difference. YJI students, like many, have done scores -- maybe hundreds -- of movie reviews over the years. They have also written dozens of theater and music reviews. They have gone to art museums. They have written about cultural institutions as varied as Mystic Seaport and the Louvre. They have interviewed artists and actors, poets and writers. They have done an astonishing amount to bring the arts to the attention of their peers and to the world as a whole. They have also jumped in at times to participate in appropriate artistic endeavors, including the recent 24-hour reading of Uncle Tom's Cabin at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford. And at least one alumni became a professional artists at least in part because his editorial cartoons done for YJI showed off his talents early.

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

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2012

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We hope that anyone interested in Youth Journalism International will read through these reviews. You will get a great sense of what this organization is all about -- and why it needs your help.

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

countless new friends across the globe.

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

ensure it had enough funding to keep up with soaring demand from eager students in more than 50 countries.

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Youth Journalism International has been the platform for developing my intellectual understanding over the years by joining this wonderful organization in 2005 as a student journalist when I was a teenager and now that I’m its board member. Ever since, I have been inspired from YJI’s growing environment of talented youths from around the world. Students find YJI a fascinating organization due to its professional conduct of journalism and nurturing bond of friendship within its community. The diversity of YJI’s students from across the globe has made it an amazing stage for cross cultural understanding and building up bridges between youths of various countries. In addition, I have also found some amazing friends at YJI that I value the most. Among YJI’s cultures are professionalism, freedom of speech, respect, openness, knowledge sharing, education and friendship and there are no room for any sort of discriminations. I have experienced nowhere else such encouragement and support that YJI’s mentors and its founders has been giving me since I have joined this organization.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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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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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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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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I hope many of our students and friends will write reviews of Youth Journalism International. We would love to hear what you have to say!

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

I've learned a lot about my world and the young people who will take it over.

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

add staff to help the hundreds of young people who want to participate.

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

working with so many wonderful young people.

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

Reach thousands and thousands of the world's future leaders in every land. It would give them a voice that would thunder through the ages.

Ways to make it better...

I could devote more time to it.

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

raising the money it needs to do the work.

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

We are unbelievably grateful to everyone who has helped us get this far.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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