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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

54 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.




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 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!

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


5

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.

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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.

2

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.

3 Yasser A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

YJI is the youth gate into professional journalism career.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

YJI is amazing organization where I had life-changing Experience.

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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.

2

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.

1 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.

1

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.

1 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.

1 Jeff76

Volunteer

Rating: 5

YJI is a group like no other. They help youth all over the world cover their communities, regions and countries. YJI shows them that their articles and photos can have a positive impact on where they live, that they have a voice. YJI empowers youth. This is a priceless gift and I can think of no other group which has such a impact on youth. Jackie and Steve are tireless in their devotion to these young people.

1

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with YJI is amazing. I've had na huge support from the members, my writing got better and I realized how much certain things are importante to journalism, such as sources and photos, all that can give credibility to the professional and reliability to the readers. I think everyone should be a part of an organization like that, so well organized and supportive.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started being involved in YJI in December 2010, and it is definitely worth it. As a student in high school, I'm able to report and write and be published already, and it's truly a great feeling. The people who started this, Jackie and Steve, are kind people who have taught me a lot about journalism and writing. Without them, this awesome opportunity wouldn't be there for me or any of the other teenagers all over the world who participate in YJI. Right now I am a junior in high school seriously looking at a job in English education so I can educate young people on the wonders of writing and journalism like Steve and Jackie have done for me.

1 giojo

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I can't but reiterate my appreciation of Jackie and steve job! Keep on, you can't even imagine what you have been doing for young people! Thanks, thanks, thanks

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an IBO teacher I can't but praise Youth Journalism international. When my daughter began collaborating with them I couldn't believe that such a wonderful project would help her improving not only her writing but also her critical thinking skills. Writing is a powerful weapon of peace and Jackie and Steve have been able put toghether an army of soldiers using their keybord as weapons of peace, human rights, culture, worldover. Thank you!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As one of Youth Journalism International's first student reporters, I have been thoroughly impressed by how much this organization has grown and how much it has helped connect young journalists. Prior to working with Jackie and Steve, the founders of YJI, my interests were mostly in creative writing. However, with their guidance, I found a new writing outlet. Had I not been involved with YJI as a high school student, I would never have had the courage to apply to be a student reporter at my college's newspaper. I worked my way up through the ranks and even held an editorial position. I do not believe I would have chosen this path had it not been for YJI, and I'm grateful to Jackie and Steve for their continued support. Part of what is so fantastic about YJI is that the contributors are teens from around the world reporting on issues that matter to them. Another great thing about YJI is that the network doesn't end once you are no longer a teen. Many YJI student reporters have traveled or studied abroad and have had the opportunity to connect with other YJI members. I myself have experienced this and feel that it is one of the many things that makes YJI special. Youth Journalism International fosters a respectful atmosphere and connects budding journalists from around the globe, allowing its members to hone their journalistic skills and create lifelong friends in the process.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

YJI connects young journalist from all over the world and by doing so, they have allowed its members to open up their eyes and see all that's going on around the world while we all live our lives in a small suburb or a city. Because of this organization, I've been able to connect to people from around the world with different beliefs, views and ideas. Not only is the organization a fantastic one, the people who run it are just as amazing!Steve,Jackie and their family and friends also involved in running the organization have invited all the members to stay involved in their lives and have been very generous and kind. No matter the distance of each members of YJI, we are just a close and it feels like a big family. More then thankfull for all YJI has done!!They deserve all the best!