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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.

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!

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.




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.

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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