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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Civil Rights, Education, International, 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

150 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.




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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 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.

2 hila

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

I have been involved with YJI for 16 years, since I was high school freshman. The writing, interviewing and editing skills and practice I gained at YJI at no cost were all priceless. In addition, YJI writers are currently in five continents, so it's easy to make friends worldwide.

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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!

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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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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is truly dedicated to empowering young voices all across the world regardless of their ethnic background, language or religion. Students gain precious experiences, learn work ethic, build friendships with brilliant people miles away and most importantly discover how to observe world through the eye of a journalist under guidance of their two amazing leaders Jackie Majerus and Steve Collins. I've been working with them for over a year now, and I've learnt so much more than I expected.
This organization definitely deserves more praise and attention. The excellent work they do, is what we need the most for a better world.

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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.

1 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!

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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.

1 Selva M.

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

YJI has taught me how to write news and opinion articles better as well as give me greater insight into the field of journalism. Its great editors work closely with students to improve their reporting skills. I will recommend anyone who is in his/her youth and is interested in the field of journalism to join this marvellous organisation!

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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.

3 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


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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.