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Youth Journalism International
June 12, 2010

I'm Cara and I've been with YJI since September 2009. When I joined I wasn't sure what to expect, but it's been better than I could've ever imagined. I don't know any organization like this: truly committed to young people, journalism and, not at all least important, cultural exchange. It's not simply an organization that teaches young people about journalism and provides them with a place to publish their articles. It's so much more. It's about learning about yourself and the world, too. It's a way to break barriers and to make young people care about people who are thousands of miles away. And isn't that one of the things we need most in this age where divisions become ever deeper and fear creeps into everyones life in one way or another? Where will we be if we stop caring about the voices of people like us, whether they live right across the corner or in a place we'll never visit. It doesn't always just have to be doom and gloom and seriousness to have an impact. It might just as well be about sports and hobbies. The realization that other people share the same hopes for the future is one of the most precious gifts for a human being anywhere. This is exactly what YJI is doing: making people get together and start understanding each other. You don't have to agree with someone to respect and understand them. By giving young people a voice YJI helps build a world with more understanding. Jackie, Steve and Katie are amazing and committed people. I'm so glad there are people like them around. It means a lot to me they're so devoted to this organization and encourage their students to improve their skills. If I hadn't found YJI I may not know yet what I know now: I want to be a journalist. Without YJI I wouldn't have had this amazing experience. Joining YJI is one of my best decisions so far.

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become a really really powerful source of information and a platform for discussion and cultural exhange for young people around the world and bring more understanding to the world!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Senior reporter.