My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Youth Journalism International, West Hartford, CT, USA
I've been working with young people through Youth Journalism International since it began in 1994. Though this organization welcomes both young men and women, far more women take part. Sometimes, YJI is the only way their views are heard, and believe me, they have important things to say. It's been my joy to get to know and work directly with girls in Pakistan, India, Italy, Ireland, Australia, Armenia, Malaysia, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Vietnam, South Africa, Singapore, Egypt, China, the Philippines, the United States. Youth Journalism International gives them a platform for their work -- literally, a voice. Youth Journalism International not only teaches these young women about journalism and publishes their work, but connect these young women with each other. It's an amazing organization that deserves and gets my wholehearted support.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
I've seen girls grow -- in their confidence, writing skills and willingness to tackle increasingly difficult topics -- as they progress in Youth Journalism International's program.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
I would add paid staff to ensure long term sustainability.
Would you volunteer for this group again?
For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?
Did the organization use your time wisely?
Would you recommend this group to a friend?
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?
I would love to be able to focus more attention on the students and not so much on worrying about where funding is going to come from to support these wonderful young people.
Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)
My experience with YJI is one of the best things I've ever done in my life, because I know I am making a real difference in the lives of young people around the world. Besides that, my life is enriched through knowing these terrific young writers, artists and photographers.
How did this volunteer experience make you feel?
My experience makes me feel that the world really has a bright future based on these talented, compassionate and extraordinary young people who will soon take it over.