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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

50 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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

4 Diana105

Client Served

Rating: 5

This program is amazing! It's perfect for youth who are looking to be a journalist in the future or for youths who are just taking writing as a hobby. It preps you and teaches you so much. In this program I've learned a lot and I also loved working together because we quickly became family. I recommend anyone who loves writing or/and wants to become a journalist in their future to join this great program for journalism.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Youth Journalism International is one of the greatest non-profits in the world if not the best. To learn about journalism you'll have to wait until you finish High School but with YJI, you can learn a lot within a short span and I'm grateful enough to have learned about the practical part of journalism, which I will be forever grateful to.
In Africa many young people drop out of school immediately after finishing their high schools due to finance, thus pushing away their dreams faraway but with such non-profits around the world, those young people are presented with another chance to fulfil their dreams. Youth Journalism International is the best among all! Thank you for paving the way for my quest of becoming a professional journalism.

6 Kiernan M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Youth Journalism International is an exceptional charity that uses journalism to build bridges between young people across the world. I've been writing for YJI since 2007, and as a student in the United States, I've made lasting friendships with other young journalists in Africa, Asia, and Europe. I've learned that whether we're American or Egyptian, Pakistani or Ugandan, British or Korean, we are all people who share many of the same hopes, fears, and dreams. YJI unites the world.

In addition to its role as a global force for peace, YJI also gives young people a voice in a world where we're often ignored. Tomorrow's leaders are able to write about the leading issues of the day from their own perspective, and add their ideas to the global conversation about where we're headed as a world. And not only does YJI give students a platform for their voice, it also helps us find it. For kids who didn't grow up being told that their views mattered, YJI is there to help them realize their potential as global change-makers.

For these reasons and more, I enthusiastically recommend YJI as one of the world's truly great nonprofits.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Youth Journalism International is an extraordinary organization that is the training ground for the Pulitzer Prize-winners of the future. Executive Director Jackie Majerus is an experienced veteran of the newspaper business, and of the journalism education world, having been teaching young journalists since 1994. She, and the others who work with students at YJI, are helping them learn the skills that make a great journalist. And really, isn't that what this is all about?

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Jackie and Steve's dedication to the mission of YJI inspires me to voice a change within our community. Rarely have I found a publication and a family so committed to spreading integrity and kindness. I thank YJI for shaping an unforgettable part of my earlier years as an aspiring writer and young citizen of the world!

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

Youth Journalism International has been one of the best parts of my teenage years. This exceptional organisation educates youth around the world and makes sure that their voices are heard. It worked like a godsend to feed my passion for journalism and make me not only a better writer but also a better thinker. The editors work with the students with great dedication. By connecting the youth around the world, Youth Journalism International is producing a new generation of journalists who are the champions of tomorrow.

3 Olivia19

Client Served

Rating: 5

Youth Journalism. International is one of the most beneficial organizations I have been involved with. Everyone always does so much hard work, and goes above and beyond to make journalism for youth possible, and give youth a voice in journalism. Ms Jackie always hears my questions and will work with me whenever I need her- it's really a swell thing.

1 Dawit L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Youth Journalism International has been a very supportive and friendly place for me to be a part of. In addition the team(Jackie Majerus-Collins) works extra hard to get everything done with that especial YJI touch. I have always got good help from YJI as a student.

2 Linus O.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Not many nonprofit could match Youth Journalism International's standards when it comes to empowering the youth to become actively engaged in living out their passions. Here is an extraordinary organization dedicated to helping young people all over the world to become better writers, cartoonists, journalists, designers, photographers and the like. This is an organization where dreams are made into realities.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Ever since joining YJI a few month back, it's become an extremely important part of my life. Through this organization, I've met many great people and gained a lot of treasured experiences.
From the day I joined, I was welcomed heartily, and having such a supportive community of writers has given me a lot more confidence in my own writing.
I've covered stories at the Peace in Connecticut conference for nonviolence and the Inspiration to Action panel, events that I probably wouldn't have attended otherwise, but that I was really glad to have gone to. And just recently I was able to go on the Toronto Tour 2014 and meet up with more YJI students in Canada where we collaborated on a bunch of pieces. I made a lot great friends on the trip and learned about their lives, which gave me great perspective.
So many of the experiences I've had with YJI - ranging from camping, to trying falafel, to traveling to a country that I've never been to before - would not have happened for me without this organization. The best part is that after having these experiences, I get to share them with readers from all over the world.
In addition, I've learned so much about journalism, writing, and about myself as a writer. Jackie and Steve are great mentors; they're incredibly dedicated and encouraging. I could not think of better people to learn journalism from.
For many teens nowadays, it's hard to get their opinions across and be taken seriously. YJI does a great job helping youths around the world express themselves in a sophisticated manner. Even if someone's not looking to become a journalist, YJI is a great organization to be a part of, just for the new experiences and sense of community.