Youth Journalism International

Rating: 4.97 stars   135 reviews


33 Griswold Drive West Hartford CT 06119 USA


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."


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.

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Youth Journalism International serves students from 12 to 24 in every country.

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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  

1 person found this review helpful

As an avid reader of newspapers, I support Youth Journalism International's effort to educate and train teens from allover the world in reporting and writing of events affecting their lives.

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

I have personally met several of the teen reporters and am very impressed by their enthusiasm and comraderie. Teens from all over the world are writing stories ranging from everyday events to world-changing events.

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

If I could, I would donate more money. Interest from teens all over the world is growing rapidly. YJI needs more professional and administrative help. Offices in more locations would greatly help this unique educational endeavor.

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

Reading varied stories from a teen perspective and seeing their steady journalistic progress.

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

Very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. I have seldom seen such a hard-working group.

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

expand this educational endeavor, allow teens to meet each other when possible and sponsor writing and reporting competitions. They really need more staff.

Ways to make it better...

My experience would have been better if I had discovered this organization sooner!

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

Raising funds to allow them to meet the growing number of teens who want to participate.

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

Keep up the great work--you are doing an amazing job with very limited resources.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

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