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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

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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Mohamed Farid

Volunteer

Rating: 5

it's my pleasure to be a volunteer here .. and i'll exert more effort to achieve success

1 Minha L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

YJI is an extremely caring organization that I was grateful to be a part of. As a teenager in Minnesota who became a reporter for YJI, I never had thought I could reach such a huge audience with my voice as a high school student and I never had thought I would receive such fantastic support. The YJI team makes a point to promote a sense of community globally. They have done so by being personally connected to every reporter from all over the world. Then they even go further and connect those who are involved. I have made life-long friends with people through the YJI even though we live in different parts of the world. YJI is an organization that provides valuable point-of-view of important world events in the eyes of the youth. I cannot imagine a better organization that globally empowers the voice of our future.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Youth journalism International has provided me with something that has made me believe that i, a normal girl, can do wonders with what i have. up til now, YJI has been my life's greatest achievement. and no doubt, the organization has given me a lot of important information and is beneficial for both, its students and readers. i get from YJI, something that can never be obtained from anywhere else in the world! Luv u YJI!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Although it has only been a month, since i have joined Youth journalism international, Steve Collins, and Jackie Majerus; the editor and executive director, have excelled my expectations, by their polite and impressive ways of instilling the spirit of journalism. Their polite ways of telling me what to do, how to write, and communicate with the readers, has not only improved my writing, but has also given me a new hope. This organization has strengthened my hopes for the future. Not only me, but above 200 students from around the world have been provided with the same opportunity, and the doors are still open. Youth Journalism International is an organization that educates the young generation, to produce better journalists and photographers for tomorrow. The collective contributions of so many students coming from different cultures, results in the best journalism organization, for young people i have ever come across, with no doubt!

1 Narine D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a Youth Journalism International student already 2 years. During these years I have gained lots of journalistic skills with the help of YJI. This organization is a great opportunity for young journalists to do their first steps in journalism. Narine Daneghyan From Armenia

Jackie13

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been working with young people through Youth Journalism International since it began in 1994. Though this organization welcomes both young men and women, far more women take part. Sometimes, YJI is the only way their views are heard, and believe me, they have important things to say. It's been my joy to get to know and work directly with girls in Pakistan, India, Italy, Ireland, Australia, Armenia, Malaysia, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Vietnam, South Africa, Singapore, Egypt, China, the Philippines, the United States. Youth Journalism International gives them a platform for their work -- literally, a voice. Youth Journalism International not only teaches these young women about journalism and publishes their work, but connect these young women with each other. It's an amazing organization that deserves and gets my wholehearted support.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined YJI about a year ago, and have enjoyed every moment of working with them. Not only have they provided me a strong outlet for my writing endeavors, they have been the only volunteer writing group i have ever joined that actually has helped me along in the path of writing proficiency. They have offered the best constructive criticism at every turn, and taught me many things about writing that, without them, i still wouldn't know. Youth Journalism International not only provides young writers with a opportunity for exposure, but helps them along the way.

1 Le T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a student recently joined YJI and I have already been hooked to it. Within the last few weeks, I have made friends with wonderful young people around the world and hear their stories. I hope that I can contribute a little bit to this exceptional organization in the future through my articles and illustrations. I also hope that more people will get to know YJI and help build it into a financially strong organization to provide even more young people with an opportunity to be heard by the world.

1 Upasana B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There is something different about YJI - the way it respects everyone, regardless of age, the way it always gets involved with as many people as possible, and they way the founders constantly keep supporting you. There aren't many places out there providing a platform for young writers, and this is what makes YJI unique - it is doing something different, and it is doing it brilliantly.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Back in the old days, when YJI was still called the Tattoo and I was a high school freshman and aspiring writer, I joined the group because I thought it was extremely cool to hang out with real journalists at a real newspaper. It was one of the first times in my life I'd been treated as someone whose ideas mattered, and whose contributions were as important as others in the group. Steve and Jackie were wonderful mentors, and when they began to expand the group to include international writers, the quality of the paper only improved. Over the years, YJI has benefited not only me and my own writing skills and confidence, but has helped countless people discover the power of journalism to change their lives, and maybe even, someday, the world.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youth Journalisim is the greatest thing that has ever happened to me. After some time Jackie and Steve are your god parents and all the memmbers are your sisters and brothers. We are family based on respect and understanding. We all share a common passion for writing which makes everything published a pure delight to read. They are real stories by real inspiring youth. Just like it was said about the British Empire the sun never sets on YJI. It is international in the true meaning of the world stretching from california to china. After writing for YJI about my idol HE WROTE ME! Being a part of YJI is a garuntee for respect and a heard voice.

adewopo-festus-oluwafemi

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In any society or organization you may find yourself,your major priority should be the fact that you want to bring about a change and affect that area of yours positively.People around you must feel your impact, they must be aware of your existence. As a youth even the old ones who are still aspiring to achieve more success, you must not fold your hands until death fold them for you. The popular saying that "it is not over until it is over" is of great value in the sense that as a human being you must not be idle at any point in time."An idle hand is the devil's workshop".One of the most important and crucial factors in life is TIME and SEASON.As a youth you must know how to manage your time because time waits for no man. Laziness among the youths of nowadays in nothing to talk about.Young people derive more pleasure in partying,playing and the like forgetting that whatever we do today has a long way to go with our future.Writing is one of the best way you can use to equip and develop yourself intellectually,because it enables you to express yourself and as well impact knowledge into others. Beyond words of deceit, YJI in one of the international educative organizations you can belong to and your goals will be actualize.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youth Journalism International gave me the unique to share some of my interesting musical experiences in their online newspaper. It was wonderful to be both the subject of an article and to have the chance to relate my side of the story. Youth Journalism International gave me this very special platform to write my views and made me consider myself as a writer for the very first time. I am extremely grateful to be a part of this wonderful organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began with YJI many years ago as a young writer introduced through a friend, this has over the years become an enveloping educational experience beyond any expectations. The dedication and learning provided by YJI to its students brings journalism to life for them, gives them the guidance and the motivation to write news, reviews, and articles on the world. Not just fluff but true journalism, of such caliber that Youth Journalism articles have won many awards including several I was part of. The dedication of Jackie Majerus and Steve Collins is immense. Their passion has brought about a whole new take on the world for me. I have met people from across the world, collaborated with them and made very close friends with several. I will soon be returning for my 10th visit, each time however long or short it is means so much. I am inspired and strongly support this organization into its future doing what they do best- journalism and educating young people and future generations. I am nearing completion of a novel that is being recognized across the world and has unbelievable contributors and support. The passion for writing has been boosted beyond my wildest dreams. I now have the where with all as does everyone, a second family and home, friends including some of my closest friends including one of my furthest close friends I spent a year with in my home in Canada, with me forever. I highly reccomend YJI and will support them to the fullest always.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have personally seen how involvement with the organization has changed students lives for the better (career option, self-confidence, networking) for over 10 years.Very dedicated group of people.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youth Journalism International is a very impressive organization. My oldest child first wrote a piece when she was 14 years old. the editors made valuable suggestions without changing the tone of the piece. It gave her much confidence knowing her writing was being read around the world and enjoyed. She then wrote some travel pieces and had her photos public. Other teenagers from around the world contacted her with their comments and own experiences. She is now 18 and still keeps in touch with her YJI contacts. What an amazing experience. My other two children followed in her footsteps. My youngest wrote an enlightening piece about her teachers going on strike. This was a hard concept for some readers in other countries to understand! Why would your teachers not go to work for two weeks, they asked. Youth get not only a sense of accomplishment that they are contributing to a newspaper read around the world, but also valuable advice about the writing and editing process. They can learn a great deal from the other contributors and just reading the issues. I look forward to every new issue and highly recommend this nonprofit as educational and valuable in making our global community come together as one.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've always been interested in journalism - writing, in particular. When I was in high school, I wrote for the school newsletter, but graduating left a kind of writing void in my life that I was eager to fill! I found YJI by chance, through a Google search for "young journalists" or something similar, earlier this year. And since then, there has been no looking back. Youth Journalism International was founded and is run by Jackie Majerus and Steve Collins, who are dedicated to finding journalistic talent in the world, and helping young writers and photographers hone this talent. The freedom that they give volunteers in terms of content is extraordinary - you can write about what you like, or you can consider their suggestions, OR you can take up specific assignments that they might have to offer (an instance that I remember is that of interviewing 3 young men, early in their college years, who were cycling across America to promote education in Zambia). This means that, as a volunteer with YJI, not only are you given the opportunity to write (or take photographs), but you are also allowed to choose your own subject matter! As a result, YJI has been successful in creating a myriad of writing styles and ideas from all over the world, that converge, under Jackie and Steve's mentor ship into vibrant and dynamic teen journalism.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Youth Journalism International is definately what its name says it to be -the best youth journalism available on the net! It's a seriously great experience as a reader and a writer.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with YJI for almost a year, and I absolutely love it! I had always enjoyed writing, but never thought that I would find journalism so fun and interesting. In the short time that I have been a reporter, I have aready attended several plays, after which I worked with other members to write reviews. I believe that YJI has improved my eloquence and quality of writing, and I now have the courage to write my first piece by myself. I am so glad that I joined!

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's every aspiring young journalist's dream - an organization headed by wonderful and helpful people who give you the opportunity to work on your writing skills and receive constructive criticism. I started writing for YJI a few years ago. Some of my best articles have appeared in "The Tattoo". What I love about YJI is that it truly is international. It brings together young people from all over the planet in one project. "Teamwork" takes on a whole new dimension if it means having to write e-mails across various time-zones and Skyping way past one's bedtime in order to get an article done properly. But it's all worth it.