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Youth Journalism International
November 4, 2012

I began with Youth Journalism International during my sophomore year of high school, over a decade ago. I can say, in all honesty, that it was one of the best decisions of my life. Through my work for YJI, I learned how to become an effective writer, researcher and communicator. I had the opportunity to write stories about issues of real local interest: whether it was school board happenings, local sports results, or human interest stories, YJI gave me the opportunity to make my thoughts heard. My work at YJI helped me obtain a substantial scholarship to college, journalism awards, and helped put me on the road that has ended up with my becoming an attorney. Through the years, Steve and Jackie have continued to give that same opportunity to young people all over the world. They are truly wonderful people who have given life to a wonderful organization.

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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

MY ROLE:
Client Served

Youth Journalism International
May 24, 2012

I was lucky enough to become involved with Youth Journalism International in 1996, when I was a sophomore in high school. At that point I was a teenager who wanted to get into writing and reporting, but had no idea how and where to start. Over the next three years, I learned about writing, reporting and researching, skills which helped me through college, law school, and continue to help me in my career as an attorney. I also learned that if you truly care, if you truly have a passion for something, you can make a difference. I learned that because Steve and Jackie truly care about introducing teens to the world of journalism, and they have made a difference to teens all over the world.

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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

MY ROLE:
Client Served

Youth Journalism International
September 4, 2010

I was involved with Youth Journalism International when I was a high school student, from 1996-1999. It is hard to explain just how important that experience was to my development, both academically and as a person. I learned to write effectively for a variety of audiences. I also learned to research topics so that I was telling a complete story for the readers of our newspaper. I learned that when you work on a team, with a group, it is important to follow through on your work, because, in a way, everyone is depending on you. Even more importantly, I gained self-confidence, in that I found out that with hard work I could put out a news story that was of interest to people in my area. Steve and Jackie are two of the most thoughtful, most dedicated people I've ever met. They truly care about the members of YJI, and have done everything in their power to make sure that everyone has a positive experience. You can find people positively affected by YJI on a local level, a national level, and a global level. The lessons I learned from Steve and Jackie served me well in college, in law school, and now as I practice law. I can never thank them enough, and I can't say enough positive things about YJI.

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

that YJI has been crucial in my development as a student and professional. The writing and researching skills I learned will serve me well for the remainder of my career.

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

working with Steve and Jackie, and learning about writing, researching, and working as a team to put out a great end product.

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

kind people from a variety of backgrounds. Everyone worked hard and truly wanted to learn how to write and produce news stories.

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

have an even greater global reach, and could help improve journalism education for students across the world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Former staff & Learned to research and write news stories.