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.
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!