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Causes: Arts & Culture, Education, International, Journalism, Media & Communications, Promotion of International Understanding, Student Services

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 50 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

160 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

1 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.

1 hila

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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Donor

Rating: 5

Many people have been complaining about the press lately. Well, I can insert a cliche here, but I want to be nice. Even a small donation to this educational charity is money well spent if you like real journalism and want it for our future and; as a bonus, it helps foster world peace. Youth Journalism International (YJI) is one of the most important charities now more than ever as it continues to unite people across the globe. A few months ago, through YJI, my kids and I had the opportunity to meet and hear a man from Afghanistan speak about issues there at an event in Bristol, CT, USA, of all places. Check out YJI's work for yourself and make an investment in a better world!

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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

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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've been involved with YJI since 2015 and even in this rather short period of time, it has helped me improve my skills a lot. Working with YJI has given me the privilege to connect with devoted educators and passionate students from all across the globe, learn and enjoy the process. I know there are many students who unfortunately won't have the same opportunities, that's why I believe YJI should be supported and showcased more.
For anyone interested in journalism and willing to learn and discover the deep world of it, YJI is truly the best source.

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1 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.

1 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.

1 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.

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.

1 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!

1 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.




1 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.

2 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.

2 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.

1 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.

2 CoffeeBeans99

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!