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Causes: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, International, Media & Communications, Promotion of International Understanding, Youth Development

Mission: 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."

Results: 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 75 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 throughout the world, including developing nations in Africa and Asia.

Community Stories

185 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 hila

Volunteer

Rating: 5

YJI keeps increasing in quality and need. I am honored to continue to support this vital educational organization, currently as an ambassador and formerly as a student who gained skills and friends worldwide.

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Donor

Rating: 5

"Why does it say 'YJI has never charged a young person to participate.'? my inquisitive 9 year old son asked me, referring to the YJI calendar. "Son," I replied, "all these activities that you participate in cost money (and some cost a lot!). I cannot think of another youth organization in my experience, other than YJI, that does not charge students a fee to participate - regardless of who you are! Isn't that grand of YJI?" My son was impressed.

It's now 22 years and counting since I have been involved with YJI and it still makes a unique and positive impact in my life, and, more importantly, in my sons' lives. We had the pleasure of witnessing more cross-cultural connections in the past year, thanks to the YJI family. This is all while these talented students produce quality pieces of journalism to help educate the world.

Any support for YJI benefits us all.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youth journalism is more than just a news website, it is a community of incredible writers and dedicated editors. I have had an amazing experience, and have connected with so many people across the world. The team behind YJI, especially Jackie are absolutely incredible and their hard work and dedication knows no bounds.

OwenFerguson1407

Client Served

Rating: 5

Youth Journalism International is a hands-on, no nonsense organisation that provides free tutorship and guidance for budding young journalists across the world.

In my four years with YJI I have;

-Published many articles on the YJI website covering a wide variety of topics from satire to school shootings. I have had YJI’s help to hone my writing during this time and create higher quality work!

-Connected with current YJI students and alumni across the world including my own country & the rest of the UK as well as the USA, Poland , Singapore & Iran. This has helped develop my worldview and led to new friendships.

- Travelled with YJI on the north-east coast of the USA from Acadia National Park to Boston and NYC. Thanks to YJI , I had the unique opportunity to see behind the scenes of ESPN in Connecticut, explore the oldest amusement park in America and access Facebook Headquarters in New York City with my peers. This unique and unforgettable experience would be impossible without YJI.

The long lasting impact of the work of this charity is clear. Look no further than myself as evidence , having gone from someone interested in writing stories to a university student pursuing a Journalism degree ,with my time at YJI being a powerful motivator to commit to this career path.

Youth Journalism International undoubtedly deserves five stars and I highly recommend this charity to anyone who reads this.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

For nearly three decades, YJI has been providing a platform for teen journalists, writers, photographers & artists/cartoonists from several countries to hone their craft. The editor works with all members closely and provides solid coaching virtually and during editing rounds. I started out as a student reporter with YJI in 2013 and the training and mentorship I received from YJI's amazing editors helped me to understand and appreciate time-honored journalistic standards that have proved useful for me today as a full-time freelance journalist. I honestly cannot recommend this great nonprofit enough!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

YJI provides phenomenal experience, mentorship and community for student journalists around the world. When I joined YJI in 2018, I did not expect the student journalism community I would encounter and was not sure if I had what it takes to be a journalist. Being part of YJI not only helped me realize that this was possible, but also helped me hone the skills. Jackie Majerus is an amazing executive director and editor who guides students to produce engaging and innovative narratives as well as explore their own interests, and hundreds of other students who went through YJI would agree. The work that Jackie, Steve and other YJI directors are doing is even more important at a time we must communicate and do outreach from afar. I am so glad that I am a part of YJI and encourage all young journalists to join!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

YJI is an incredible nonprofit for budding journalists to receive practice, encouragement and advice for improvement they vitally need — and deserve. If not for YJI, I don't know if I would have continued to study journalism.

Executive Director Jackie Majerus has been an amazing mentor to hundreds of student journalists like myself, and I am forever grateful that I get to be a part of this incredible community.

Thank you Jackie and Steve at YJI — the work you do is amazing!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I joined Youth Journalism International only a couple months ago, and already I am seeing the benefits. Not only does it encourage you to explore your own ideas and opinions, but it opens your mind to different peoples perspectives from around the globe. It allows you to learn about different cultures and countries, from one on one conversations with people your age. YJI has developed a great community, as you can ask for help and support from fellow writers and get extremely supportive and positive help from Jackie, allowing you to build personal relationships despite the distance separating you. Finally, I would encourage anyone with a passion for writing, debating, the arts and society to get involved, it is an amazing opportunity that develops your skills and you as a person.

1 FridaZei

Client Served

Rating: 5

Next month marks five years ever since I got involved with Youth Journalism International. All I can say for these five years is that YJI's educators have helped me grow from a shy 14-year old into the confident young woman I am today. YJI is a huge part of who I am today, and I definitely owe them more than I could ever imagine.
I do hope that their hard work for providing a safe learning environment for teens around the world gets acknowledged and supported more than ever.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been involved with YJI for more than three years now and it already corresponded to a remarkable part of my high school education, specifically from my sophomore year on. When I come to compare the work ethic, honesty and fair approach toward different opinions I've learned here to my general high school education, YJI is far ahead. I do owe more than I could ever pay back and am genuinely grateful for having this opportunity.
Every donation made to this amazing organization is a solid investment for a better world.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I joined YJI earlier this year and it has been a wonderful experience. Jackie is a very supportive and encouraging mentor and all of the people involved are lovely. There are so few global opportunities for young people in journalism and writing and I am very thankful to have come across this incredible organisation.

1 Yasser A.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Youth Journalism International is the best organization for youth and journalism all over the world. It give voices for youth from all over the world. I was proud to start my photography career with them as photojournalist. They organize unique contest judged by professionals to celebrate the best of journalism. I really encourage every youth interested in journalism to join YJI.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

YJI is the youth gate into professional journalism career.

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2 Aileen C.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I joined Youth Journalism a few months ago, since then I have learned so many new things. Jackie is an incredible tutor who has taught us so much. JYI has inspired me to try new things and helped me find my passion for writing. It feels incredible to have a platform where I am heard and can learn so many things. Also, since I joined YJI I met a lot of people from all over the world. I have been able to talk to them and find out we have so many things in common, even though we live far apart. I have also created really close friendships which I am very grateful for. The student meetings on Zoom are now the highlight of my week. YJI has broadened my view of the world and it makes me feel heard and inspired.

3 Kristiyan Y.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been part of the big YJI family for the last two months. Since then, I've been connected with so many incredible and intelligent people who live all over the world.

Jackie, who is my journalism tutor, is always open to help me if I have need. She is one of the kindest people I know. I'm very thankful to her for the opportunity she gave me to part of YJI. Being one of her students is an honour to me.

2 Kaley W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since joining YJI in 2010, I’ve learned so much about ethical journalism. As a child, I never knew that signing up for this organization would impact my life so profoundly. I’ve been connected with many incredibly talented people from all over the world, given countless opportunities to write about what matters to me, and I’ve gotten personal guidance from co-founders Jackie and Steve Majerus-Collins. This non-profit encourages young people to bravely share their stories with the world.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I joined YJI at the beginning of the Covid-19 lockdown, just looking for somewhere to write about things that were important to me. And YJI has allowed me to do that, but it’s also allowed me to do so much more. I’ve formed friendships with likeminded people from all over the world, I’ve been able to learn about so many different cultures and countries and YJI has really opened my eyes to the wider world. I’ve improved my confidence massively, the weekly student meetings have allowed me to connect with my peers and have my voice heard verbally - at the beginning of lockdown I’d never have been able to go on a zoom call with people I didn’t know but now, the YJI student meetings are the highlight of my week! Also, Jackie is one of the loveliest people I know! She is so so helpful and provides some great advice on writing and journalism, she’s really allowed me to see my potential. But also, her virtual office hours provide me with somewhere to go and ask for advice on anything and just have a chat about anything; not only is she my editor and journalism mentor, she’s also my life mentor! YJI is a great organisation and I urge you all to get involved and show them your support :)

2 CoffeeBeans99

Client Served

Rating: 5

Youth Journalism International is without a doubt an exceptional charity. With a unique structure that emphasises communication and encourages participation, YJI manages to bring young writers from all around the world out of their shell and help shape them into talented and multi-faceted young adults. Providing amazing tutorship and experiences, YJI sets an outstanding standard for a non-profit and has truly changed countless lives. It is what a charity can be at its very best and it continues to thrive with each passing year.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I officially joined YJI in 2015, and I often read the great articles published. But at the start of November 2016, I was sent an email by Jackie Majerus-Collins and I was delighted to find out that there was an upcoming visit by YJI to Edinburgh (not far from where I live), and I was invited to meet up with them. Not entirely sure what to expect , I agreed and when I met up with YJI, it was beyond every expectation I had. I've seen previous reviews here naming YJI as a family, and I couldn't phrase it better myself. From the moment I met Jackie at the Edinburgh Press Club and then Kiernan, Beth , Robert, Joanna and Noah, I felt instantly welcomed and a strong sense of belonging. There was a lot of similarities between us, the love of journalism being the most obvious factor, but also everyone wearing glasses or never having had experienced the inner sightings of Edinburgh Castle. The day in Edinburgh was an absolutely amazing experience, I learnt so much more about my country's capital city, as well as improving my writing skills and having the opportunity to speak with some really interesting people. As I was slightly younger than everyone else and still in secondary school, I was fascinated to see the different paths everyone had taken to end up in Edinburgh that day, in terms of university and life choices. For example, Kiernan had come to Edinburgh to study from the United States, a rare opportunity that I had briefly considered. However, by the end of the day , I was and still am convinced that studying at an American University could be a great option for me. Epiphany and experience alike, I have Jackie and Youth Journalism International to give thanks to. The visit to Edinburgh definitely helped me decide on securing the career choice of journalism and writing and the meeting of a group of people so kind and responsive was truly heartening. I had such a wonderful time and I can't wait until my next encounter with YJI! Thank you so much!

2 Ally C.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

All I can say is, what an amazing organisation! I have never regretted my decision to join. I can’t thank them enough for all the help they have given me over the years. I would recommend YJI to anyone I meet who wants to pursue a career in journalism.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I could not be more grateful that my daughter found this incredible outlet for her creative writing. As one of the youngest members of the team, she has been not only welcomed and mentored and edited by smart, experienced leadership but has also had the opportunity to make connections with an international network of both aspiring and thriving young writers. It’s hard to say what has been more exciting for her: seeing her byline and collection of articles online, having the opportunity to explore New York City with Jackie and other young writers, or being able to identify herself as a journalist. Interestingly, at a private school interview earlier this year, in spite of many extracurricular activities on her resume, the interviewer was only interested in hearing more about YJI And I believe it was a differentiator in her acceptance. I look forward to many more years of Collaboration with Jackie and Steve and the YJI team. I enthusiastically recommend joining to students everywhere.

2 yelena97

Client Served

Rating: 5

YJI is an incredible organization which Jackie & Steve continue to pour their heart and soul into. I couldn't be more thankful for this organization, which allowed me to make new friends from around the world, go on some once in a lifetime trips and, as an added bonus, improve my English with the help of two brilliant journalists. This organization was a big part of my life throughout middle school and high school and it has honestly helped me become the person I am today.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a part of YJI for 6 years now and it has really impacted my life. Jackie and Steve are the best mentors and teachers, and my writing has improved tremendously. Not only have I learned everything about journalism, but the things I've been able to experience are amazing. We've gone to plays, talks and speeches by incredible people and recently we even went on a tour of Toronto, Canada. In Canada, we met with 3 other reporters for YJI who we'd only spoken to online. It was amazing to have something in common with those girls and with other people all over the world. I've gotten to know some great people from right here in West Hartford as well as from other countries, like Uganda and Tunisia, through YJI. Reporters for YJI come from tons of different cultures and backgrounds and share their expeirence through writing which is posted online on YJI's website. It's amazing that readers and other writers can learn about all kinds of events and customs from kids and teens who are right there. I volunteer at all of YJI's public events and I can honestly say that I support the organization 100%.

2 Selva M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a YJI student for five years. I’ve learnt plenty from editors Steve and Jackie, as well as networked with numerous students from around the world through YJI. My time in YJI has undoubtedly been a enjoyable and enriching one. YJI has imparted in me skills that have made me a better writer.

I recommend anyone interested in journalism and writing to join this wonderful and stellar organisation. A donation to this organisation will go a long way, too, and it will definitely help YJI continue educating young people from around the world and giving them a platform to voice their opinion.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A great organization for aspiring journalists! Not only do students get a chance to learn more about the industry and become better writers, they also get to form cross-cutural ties!

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2 Amber S.6

Client Served

Rating: 5

Three words. A great Organization! Youth Journalism International has taught me so many things over the years and has helped me in raising my voice and putting my point forward. Not just mine. It has provided a platform to hundreds of students across the world. Seeing YJI growing every year and working really hard amazes me every time.

2 kotersey

Client Served

Rating: 5

I joined YJI in 2015 and since then I have developed so much as a journalist and as a person. Jackie Majerus-Collins puts so much time and heart and work into interacting with students and working together with them on their pieces. Jackie and Steve strongly encourage students meeting each other, especially those from far away places. This really brings the YJI community together and builds a real global network of young journalists.
YJI teaches teenagers and young people to look at the world with an open mindset, to be proactive, to react to what is happening around the world and do journalism in a way that will hopefully inspire positive change. I hope that YJI continues to work with students for many more years to come and that people worldwide recognise its input into raising a new generation of journalists and building a peaceful community reaching all parts of our globe.

3 JP M.

Donor

Rating: 5

Youth Journalism International is a stellar nonprofit, led by two professional journalists with the perfect mix of intellect, humor, and flexibility--everything you need when you're working with young people. YJI's program is unlike any other I've come across. Not only does it teach young people all over the world the basic tenets of journalism, but it also encourages them to participate in democracy and take an interest in what's going on outside of their zip codes.

What's more, Steve and Jackie--YJI's founders and heart and soul--help young people develop critical thinking and writing skills by having them contribute to YJI's award-winning media site where they help participants write, edit, and publish their articles, thought pieces, movie reviews, current events, and cartoons.

I can't speak more highly of this nonprofit and all the good that it does for young people. I wish it lasting success and impact in the years to come!

3 Ryleigh M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am new to this nonprofit organization as of this year. This program allows youth to engage in the field of journalism and communications, while engaging them in sociological skills. This program provides an opportunity that is not permitted to students in most schools spanning the globe, and is crucial in building the future of our media and society. This is a life changing organization.

3 Sydney H.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Youth Journalism International is amazing. You can see so many stories from younger people all over the world. The stories are on a variety of topics, from known stories around the world to stories you would never hear of if it wasn’t from YJI. They are also so personal and you can tell that the writers are passionate in what they’re writing about. Jackie and Steve, the founders, are so caring and you can see the heart they’ve put into YJI over the years. YJI gives students so many opportunities that I am so grateful for!

4 Lili C.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am new to become a part of this organisation but it has made me feel empowered to write and I have been so welcomed by their community of young people. I am so happy this freely exists so that everybody can access it. I think it will truly help me in progressing my writing for my future and assist me in defining an occupation.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Youth Journalism International is a fantastic organization! Jackie and Steve are so supportive in every way possible and do everything they can to make sure a diverse perspective of student voices is heard. I am so thankful for them and for YJI!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

YJI is a fantastic organization. It has given me the opportunity to write about whatever I think is important and has even connected me with students on the other side of the world! I had the chance to write a review of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child with a student from Pakistan (I live in Atlanta), and this amazing experience would never have happened without YJI.

3 Kiernan M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Youth Journalism International is the best charity of its kind in the world. At a time when truth and free speech seem to be under assault from so many different directions, YJI's work is more crucial than ever. YJI helped me improve my own writing skills, taught me to understand journalism (and to distinguish it from fake news), and encouraged me to find my own voice.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Youth Journalism International is an exceptional charity that uses journalism to build bridges between young people across the world. I've been writing for YJI since 2007, and as a student in the United States, I've made lasting friendships with other young journalists in Africa, Asia, and Europe. I've learned that whether we're American or Egyptian, Pakistani or Ugandan, British or Korean, we are all people who share many of the same hopes, fears, and dreams. YJI unites the world.

In addition to its role as a global force for peace, YJI also gives young people a voice in a world where we're often ignored. Tomorrow's leaders are able to write about the leading issues of the day from their own perspective, and add their ideas to the global conversation about where we're headed as a world. And not only does YJI give students a platform for their voice, it also helps us find it. For kids who didn't grow up being told that their views mattered, YJI is there to help them realize their potential as global change-makers.

For these reasons and more, I enthusiastically recommend YJI as one of the world's truly great nonprofits.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

For this review I have self-identified as a Board Member, but my relationship with this organization is long and varied. I am also a "Client Served," as a student in the very beginning of what would become YJI, working with Steve and Jackie to hone my writing, channel my curiosity, and value the role of ethical reporting in a healthy democratic society. That was 20(!!!) years ago now, and in the decades since I have also been a Volunteer and a Donor, and now a Board Member, because the value of this organization cannot be overstated.

YJI values young people and their work, opinions, and promise for the future. I have had the pleasure of meeting dozens of students over the years from all over the world, and the way these bright young folks learn, share, and grow is a testament to this organization. As a non-profit professional, I understand the many choices people have when deciding to support a charitable organization and cannot recommend YJI enough as a worthy cause.

In addition to the crucial societal value that YJI provides (both now, and for our collective future), it's important to understand how much they do with so little--this is an organization that strives to make sure every cent is expended in a way that helps and supports these young people, and I have not met a more dedicated team in my many years of non-profit work. They currently make miracles with so little, and I encourage anyone with the ability to consider supporting this work with a donation.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

YJI was a large part of my personal formation throughout my high school years. Through my experiences working with real, experienced journalists and exploring with my peers, I was able to build confidence, gain invaluable writing skills, and learn to look at the world around me through many analytical lenses. The best part about my experience was just that: that it was undoubtedly MY experience. Steve and Jackie were always there, and they empowered me to take it as far as I wanted to go. They never wrote stories for me, but they always coached me to make sure I strove as far as I could. The network of peers (back then, a small group that met often in-person) was always there to discuss and gain additional perspective. Though journalism interested me in my teen years, I didn't pursue a career in print. However, I truly feel that YJI contributed to my abilities that got me where I am today, in the midst of a successful and illustrious career as a non-profit administrator and public policy advocate. There is no limit to the positive experiences this organization can have to any number of teens across the globe... if only given the right resources and support.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Imagine being a US senator campaigning for your third re-election. You've just finished your stump speech and you begin mingling with the crowd, shaking hands, fielding questions. You see a 12-year-old kid with a Beatles haircut and press credentials. How is that possible?

Well, that was me in my first year with Youth Journalism International. Believe it or not, for my second published piece, I was entrusted with covering a hotly-contested senatorial race. In general, an experienced politician might've humored me by answering a few questions, and then moved on. But thanks to the coaching and support of YJI, not only did I get a full interview, but it was on the senator's campaign bus, surrounded by touring journalists from major publications.

That was just one of many professional journalistic experiences I had during my three years with YJI. I'm glad to have covered such important political events, including the 2008 Presidential Election, but I must say that my peers have made a much bigger impact. From Columbine to Hurricane Katrina, the Iraq War to Occupy Wall Street, YJI has been giving teens a voice, and more importantly, guidance, for over twenty years.

To this day, I don't know how Jackie, Steve, and other volunteers worked at their jobs and still found the time to mentor students, from the impulse to the published article, thousands of times. I just know it's worth supporting.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

If ever there was a time to give voice to the world’s youth – this is it. Movements like #MeToo, #NeverAgain, and @Re4mImmigration are more likely to endure when they are embraced by younger advocates. Electronic communications has helped create a global marketplace of ideas and cultural exchange that can break down barriers to change. The work of YJI - with its strong online presence - provides a powerful conduit for highlighting the observations and work of young people from around the world. Seasoned journalists guide students on how best to tell their stories about events occurring both near and far. It is my hope – and strong belief – that this amazing resource will help build a better future. Lynn S. Abrahamson, YJI Board Member 3/7/18

2 irhanadeem

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youth Journalism International has helped me interact with people all over the world and get my voice across. YJI has exposed me to people's perspectives and views and has helped me understand and discover new things.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youth Journalism International is an organization that has changed my life for a whole bunch of good reasons. I've made new friends from around the globe through this organization. I've learnt a lot about national and international issues and happenings from around the world. And the best part is that I have learnt it from the people who have actually experienced it, I have come to know about the real side of story and not just something made up.

2 Owen Ferguson

Client Served

Rating: 5

Youth Journalism International is a unique non-profit organisation that helps connect and teach aspiring young journalists from around the world. It is an opportunity for so many people to report, comment and share their views on a variety of things from the environment to the political landscape. Through YJI, I have written a review about Star Wars but also provided commentary on the Parkland School Shooting. I have detailed my dreams for the future in an article and also published a story about a snowstorm. I'm just one example of how , through the tutorship of YJI, young people can look to this charity to improve and share their writing. It is truly one of a kind.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I give what I can when I can to this wonderful organization. They take teens and young adults seriously, and give them a platform to spread their opinions and views of the world.

But more importantly. they give endless guidance and support to wherever teens need a voice. In big cities, suburbs, war zones, or podunkville, Australia. The numerous awards their teen journalists have accrued speak for themselves, but I must say many of them have been far more grounded and factual than major publications.

The results of this non-profit far exceed their budget, and I can't imagine how great they'd be if they earned what they deserve.

2 David367

Client Served

Rating: 5

Youth Journalism international is one of the best platforms shaping the future of journalism. YJI equips young journalists with various writing skills. Through YJI projects I was able to grasp teamwork skills as well as reporting stories at international level. YJI is one of the greatest hub for future journalists across the world.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Youth Journalism International is one of the best organisations which shapes the future of aspiring young journalists in the whole world.Despite members are from different cultural backgrounds, YJI also coordinates them to work together in various projects . Thumbs up to the editors and continue your awesome role.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Youth Journalism International is undoubtedly one of the best resources out there for aspiring journalists. They offer many opportunities for youth around the globe to connect with each other, and to from that not only widen their viewpoints, but also to deepen their writing, critical thinking, and journalism skills. Though I have not yet been a member for long, every time I do interact with those inside the organization, I am treated kindly and with patience and respect, from both the leaders and the youth themselves. I would highly recommend YJI for anyone who is hoping to go into the field.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

YJI is an incredible organization that connects students from all around the world to one another through the beautiful medium of writing, and I've definitely enjoyed my part in it. Through their encouragement to think deeply about the critical events that are shaping our world's history and to be an active participant in spreading our ideas, the founders Jackie and Steve have both created a truly unique and inspirational program. It is an excellent opportunity for anyone looking to expand their writing knowledge as well as their perspective, and I highly recommend it for even those who may not want to be journalists in the future.

3 Kate115

Advisor

Rating: 5

I was lucky to meet Youth Journalism International founders Steve Collins and Jackie Majerus-Collins last year when they contacted our school publication about some entries submitted to YJI's annual contest. Their commitment to the unique work of YJI shines through in everything this organization does. Especially at a time when journalists face scrutiny and even threat towards their work, the provision of a safe and supportive community for young people to connect through practicing journalism seems vital. I'm constantly impressed by the persistence of YJI's updates, and how thoughtfully they boost young writers. Wish there were more organizations out there that practiced this work with so much integrity - and, at times, stubbornness!

3 Steve194

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Few Word About Youth Journalism International
Being a part of Youth journalism international as a student journalist- reporter from Nepal, I proudly say that YJI is a non-profit organization .It is a youth forum where the youth from the different countries Share their stories or news and the different issues of their own nations. Through the YJI I am able to make friends from different countries.
YJI built thousand of connections among young people in more than 50 countries .Actually youth journalism international play a vital role in creating a circle among different youth writers from different part of world. Also YJI act as a global community of young writers who are intent on making a difference in the world. It serves as a training ground for aspiring youth journalists.
If I tell about my experience on youth journalism international, as a youth journalist from Nepal I am so happy to write about the different issues of my country through YJI. It improved my skills and confidence to write on any issues. So it is the best platform for the youth journalist like us to learn and to become professional writer in future.




3 amandalehmertgmailcom

Donor

Rating: 5

I was a student with YJI in the 1990s. It gave me the skills and confidence to become a professional writer. It also instilled in me the importance journalists play in the survival of our democracy. That's something we need more of today. That's why I will be a lifetime YJI donor.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I started working with the Youth Journalism International staff as a 15-year-old high school freshmen. There I learned everything I needed to know about being a newspaper reporter. I wrote editorials, news stories, and even movie reviews. While I was part of the groups, we won dozens of journalism awards -- many that pitted us against professionals in the field. That is a testament to the high quality of this learning experience. Through regular meetings and intensive, personal guidance from advisers Jackie Majerus and Steve Collins, I grew as a person. The skills I picked up -- writing abilities, learning how to talk to strangers, self-confidence, an appreciation for people of different backgrounds -- helped prepare me for college. They nurtured me as an individual in a way that many kids don't get in a traditional learning environment. Today, I have been a professional journalist for seven years. I continued to stay in touch with YJI, volunteering whenever I can.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Our nephew is now an engineering student at The University of The Philippines. Two years ago he was finishing high school and writing as a reporter for YJI. He was a reporter for his high school newspaper. YJI gave him a chance to interact with an international group of journalists and write for a broader audience. He was able to show people outside the Philippines the experience of Christmas in the Philippines, where the country is predominantly Catholic. He also wrote about the Pope's recent visit to the country, and the controversy that ensued. Over five million Filipinos congregated to see the Pope. YJI truly affords students in what are often poor, remote countries the opportunity to project themselves upon a larger stage and develop as writers. My wife and I continue to support this amazing program.

4 Óscar R.

Donor

Rating: 5

The job that YJI carries out is relevant, essential and needed for the world, especially with the current political and social tendencies that we see unfolding globally. This organization provides a voice to young people, so they can express their views, challenge opinions, discuss ideas and report on the reality that is lived in different regions of the planet.
I was part of this organization as a teenager when my passion for journalism and communications started. The founders and other volunteers were friendly, creative and devoted. They taught me great lessons that are still valuable to my professional life. I remain now part of their alumni network, because I believe it is important to help this organization to welcome young people looking to make a difference in the world.
YJI empowers young people and helps them develop their potential. I recommend its work greatly to anyone interested in making a positive impact within their communities. Additionally, the people that work with YJI are passionate- so you will not only work with people who are great at what they do but who love doing it.

4 AmeniMathlouthi

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youth Journalism International, YJI, is not an organization. To me, it is a large family which everyone feels he truly belongs to.
YJI apart from providing me with a sense of identity, it helped my actually give a meaning to my existence on earth. Not only by letting my voice be heard but also by providing me with a real life experience and exposed me to professionalism.
Through YJI, I got to have the best exchange year ever compared to other exchange students.
It made my year in the USA special and rich; rich of knowledge, pride, and activism.
YJI helped me learn about the American culture through field trips to museums and by attending public events as well.
Nevertheless, YJI helped me spread the word about my country and present it in every way possible.
Through being part of the Youth Journalism International community, I learned how to stand confident and sound accurate when giving a presentation in front of a large crowd which enhanced my self-esteem and improved my phone public speaking skills that made me a public speaking trainer today.
Not only this, but also I learned how to address very important people in the society through arranged meetings by YJI with congresswoman, ambassador and a lot more. The most important part is that I got to learn this as early as at the age of 17.
As a Tunisian successful activist, I confess that I wouldn't be the person I am today without the support of YJI.

With much love to Steve, Jackie, Kiernan and Mary.

3 Edrees K.

Board Member

Rating: 5


Youth Journalism International is an amazing organization for youths and the supporters of youths where they can find a platform of learning, interaction, cultural exchange, and activism towards global peace, professionalism, and recognition of young talents from across the world. The organization is a non-profit and has been mainly running with the dedication and efforts of its very caring founders Steve Collins and Jackie Majerus. I’m associated with YJI since 2005 when I was in high school and since then YJI has been an enormous source of my professional and personal growth. I have made great friends in different countries through YJI and each of them is a great source of talent and professionalism. YJI is the best organization for youths to learn journalism and stay up to date with the global trends. There is no other organization I can recommend as much with confidence as I can proudly recommend YJI.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I got involved with Youth Journalism International about 2 years ago. It was my first journalism experience, apart from editing the "grand school newspaper" when I was in 3rd grade... From the very beginning I was amazed by the amount of support materials that I received after I'd joined, and by how quickly Jackie and Steve responded to my e-mails. They are really passionate about supporting young journalists and treat each person very individually. I was very lucky to meet Jackie in person when she came over to the UK to see the journalists she'd worked with over the years and she really is a fantastic and generous person. I had an opportunity to meet other students who share my passion for journalism and live close to me, thanks to her visit in Edinburgh. So YJI really brings students together and creates opportunities for them to cooperate.
I remember that time close to New Year's Eve when we spent an entire evening (afternoon, for her) discussing my article about protests in the Polish parliament. Jackie never found anything I said irrelevant; instead, she offered me guidance on how to improve my work and how to make it a proper piece of journalism. I've learnt so much over these 2 years and now I feel much better prepared if I were to start a career in journalism. Therefore, I think that YJI really fulfills its goals and creates fantastic opportunities to any students who join this organisation.

3 Carol Rock

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Youth Journalism International since Hurricane Katrina, where I found their group encouraged young writers to tell their stories professionally and share their experience with the world. As a career journalist myself, I was thrilled to find a nonprofit that teaches young people the importance of not only our craft, but the importance of defending the First Amendment. I try and support them with donations as often as I can, but I am always eager to share what a positive organization YJI is for up and coming reporters as well as legacy journalists like myself! They are definitely a GREAT nonprofit!

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Youth Journalism International is an organization truly devoted to educating young journalists and introducing them to people worldwide who share their passion. As young person, it can be difficult to get an audience for your work. But YJI's global platform gives young journalists a wide and receptive audience to share their passion with. The program helps writers, as well as artists and photographers, grow and develop their craft with people who share their drive. It is welcoming from the very start, allowing students to connect with one another and learn from each other in an environment that encourages cooperation and collaboration. The mentors work closely with students to help them with their pieces, so students learn not only how to write good articles, but also how to be good journalists and embody the values of ethical reporters.

I've been writing for YJI since 2014, and in the past couples of years itself I've been granted a variety of opportunities to develop my writing. I've travelled to Texas, and Washington D.C., where I'd been given the opportunity to participate in journalism conferences, and also to Canada, where myself and two other YJI students met up with students there and wrote about our experiences.

YJI promotes lasting connections across borders, bringing together writers, artists, and photographers. The program has given me the chance to meet YJI students from Iowa, Missouri, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and the Netherlands. Not only have I made good friends, but I've learned much about journalism from these amazing writers and inspiring experiences.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

YJI is one of those organisations which I started to love at first sight. It is really sole organisation which is like a big family where you have two amazing parents` Jackie and Steve, and also where you have a lot of sisters and brothers from all over the world. This is journalists' family where you can not only learn about journalism or improve your skills but also learn how to love and respect each other in spite of nation and religion.

5 milicacvetkovic98

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youth Journalism International is amazing start for everyone who wants to start their careers as professional journalists ( reporters) . I wanted to be a journalist since primary school and I think that many other kids around the world wants the same. I'm very grateful to be a part of YJI community because I think that organizations like this is helping young people to learn more and expand horizons which can be very useful in life.
YJI gives young people a voice in the world where our oppinions are often ignored.
Although I have relatively recently became member of YJI I can say that I am grateful for the opportunity to report about things that matters for my contury as well as the rest of the world.
For those reasons and more I would recommend YJI as a great chance for everyone who wants to learn more


5

Client Served

Rating: 5

The only journalism organisation that cares for youngsters across the world who wish to get into the journalism sector. Everybody is so welcoming, friendly and helpful as soon as you join. Thanks to its wonderful leaders, participants of Youth Journalism can get the best advice for any piece of writing they wish to publish. It has been a step forward for me and I cannot thank them enough.

6 Diana105

Client Served

Rating: 5

This program is amazing! It's perfect for youth who are looking to be a journalist in the future or for youths who are just taking writing as a hobby. It preps you and teaches you so much. In this program I've learned a lot and I also loved working together because we quickly became family. I recommend anyone who loves writing or/and wants to become a journalist in their future to join this great program for journalism.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Youth Journalism International is one of the greatest non-profits in the world if not the best. To learn about journalism you'll have to wait until you finish High School but with YJI, you can learn a lot within a short span and I'm grateful enough to have learned about the practical part of journalism, which I will be forever grateful to.
In Africa many young people drop out of school immediately after finishing their high schools due to finance, thus pushing away their dreams faraway but with such non-profits around the world, those young people are presented with another chance to fulfil their dreams. Youth Journalism International is the best among all! Thank you for paving the way for my quest of becoming a professional journalism.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Jackie and Steve's dedication to the mission of YJI inspires me to voice a change within our community. Rarely have I found a publication and a family so committed to spreading integrity and kindness. I thank YJI for shaping an unforgettable part of my earlier years as an aspiring writer and young citizen of the world!

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youth Journalism International is the BEST organization. i am very lucky to be a part of this organization. everyone here is a hard working and really good writers. Mam Jackie and Sir Steve are the best editors and help each and every student in their organization. This organization helped me to raise my voice and i would say that every teenager should be a part of such an amazing organization.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I believe all of us have a story to tell. Oft times, that story never leaves the folds of our mind due the unavailibility of a channel to expel it through. Youth Journalism International is that channel. It's doing commendable work by congregating geographically, ethnically and religiously diverse young people, to share their news. The zeal with which these youth bring about global tidings is really something to see. Hats off to YJI.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I read the work of the young people, and am always amazed. Amazed at the excellent writing and thoughtfulness of the writing. Amazed at the geographical diversity of the writers. It's great that these young people have mentors who give them an opportunity to express themselves, and to grow as writers and thinkers.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Youth Journalism International has been one of the best parts of my teenage years. This exceptional organisation educates youth around the world and makes sure that their voices are heard. It worked like a godsend to feed my passion for journalism and make me not only a better writer but also a better thinker. The editors work with the students with great dedication. By connecting the youth around the world, Youth Journalism International is producing a new generation of journalists who are the champions of tomorrow.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm so proud to be able to say that I'm part of the Youth Journalism International (YJI) family. Both Steve and Jackie have been incredible in delivering a platform for teenagers to learn how to navigate the journalism industry. Whenever I've worked with YJI, I always felt that my voice was being heard and that my work was appreciated, which can be a rare thing these days! Through YJI, I've also met some amazing people from all over the world and learned how different cultures viewed world issues. Overall, I honestly couldn't fault YJI. They're a family that is with you through everything.

5 Olivia19

Client Served

Rating: 5

Youth Journalism. International is one of the most beneficial organizations I have been involved with. Everyone always does so much hard work, and goes above and beyond to make journalism for youth possible, and give youth a voice in journalism. Ms Jackie always hears my questions and will work with me whenever I need her- it's really a swell thing.

3 Dawit L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Youth Journalism International has been a very supportive and friendly place for me to be a part of. In addition the team(Jackie Majerus-Collins) works extra hard to get everything done with that especial YJI touch. I have always got good help from YJI as a student.

3 Kate94

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I will be interviewing these wonderful people as part of my Ph.D. research and my initial findings have been not only positive, but I'm absolutely stunned at the remarkable passion and talent of not only the student journalists but the staff who work tirelessly to ensure that youth throughout the world have a voice. Anyone considering donating to a worthy cause would not need to search beyond these amazing advocates for young people.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Javkie and Steve were able to create something Beyond any expectation. My daughter got the chance to work as a journalist for many newspapers, got her master with disctintion at LSJ in London, and is currently working for IQ, the well know music-business magazione in London also thanks to YJI, and many students of mine are writing for and Learning from YJI.
It's a great non-profit organisation promoting peace, collaboration between young people, and boosting solid lasting friendship among youngsters from different cultures-
Thanks for your great job Jackie and Steven

3 daliaoma2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I feel privileged to be a reporter in youth journalism international, YJI is best described as the voice of the voiceless youth, they help us to be heard, I really enjoy learning new things there and I encourage all the youth to write and share their stories with YJI, it worth the try.

4 Linus O.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Not many nonprofit could match Youth Journalism International's standards when it comes to empowering the youth to become actively engaged in living out their passions. Here is an extraordinary organization dedicated to helping young people all over the world to become better writers, cartoonists, journalists, designers, photographers and the like. This is an organization where dreams are made into realities.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Kids all over the world have come together to write their own stories for this organization, talking about their lives and their experiences. My story is not particularly heartwarming or incredible, but nonetheless it is an incredible experience for young writers, and an excellent chance to show the entire world what's important to you.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Ever since joining YJI a few month back, it's become an extremely important part of my life. Through this organization, I've met many great people and gained a lot of treasured experiences.
From the day I joined, I was welcomed heartily, and having such a supportive community of writers has given me a lot more confidence in my own writing.
I've covered stories at the Peace in Connecticut conference for nonviolence and the Inspiration to Action panel, events that I probably wouldn't have attended otherwise, but that I was really glad to have gone to. And just recently I was able to go on the Toronto Tour 2014 and meet up with more YJI students in Canada where we collaborated on a bunch of pieces. I made a lot great friends on the trip and learned about their lives, which gave me great perspective.
So many of the experiences I've had with YJI - ranging from camping, to trying falafel, to traveling to a country that I've never been to before - would not have happened for me without this organization. The best part is that after having these experiences, I get to share them with readers from all over the world.
In addition, I've learned so much about journalism, writing, and about myself as a writer. Jackie and Steve are great mentors; they're incredibly dedicated and encouraging. I could not think of better people to learn journalism from.
For many teens nowadays, it's hard to get their opinions across and be taken seriously. YJI does a great job helping youths around the world express themselves in a sophisticated manner. Even if someone's not looking to become a journalist, YJI is a great organization to be a part of, just for the new experiences and sense of community.

3 Matt65

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They are a great foundation. I have learned about writing and have even gotten published! A wonderful opportunity and met great people.