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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

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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Client Served

Rating: 4

Being part of youth journalism international YJI has been more than just a learning experience, they're a real world wide family that teaches, supports, and share experiences. YJI's learning system offers a real valuable learning in journalism where everything's explained l, and even if you're lost you'll find the answer by being a part of YJI's family.
That's only a breif summary of how is it like to be a part of youth journalism international, my international journalism family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Youth Journalism International is a great organisation, full of pleasant and welcoming people. They are always willing to take the stories their students want to publish, and are set up so that you can write what suits you whenever it suits you, which is extremely helpful when school work means that you need to take a break. When a new person joins Jackie alerts the students, so that we can all welcome the new person into the organisation, and it is clear from the start that you will be cared about.

1 joe18

Client Served

Rating: 5

My wife and I began our journalism careers as students with Youth Journalism International.

We're now both award-winning professional reporters who have been published by a number of newspapers and now work for the News & Record in Greensboro, NC.

We use the skills we learned from YJI's Jackie Majerus and Steve Collins every day and have been lucky enough to pass them on to other young journalists, students and interns. We've been amazed to see Youth Journalism International grow in the years since we were students and the quality of the journalism they produce with young people all over the world.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to YJI as a 15-year-old high school sophomore with a keen but unfocused interest in writing. Through one-on-one mentoring and on-the-job news training with Jackie and Steve Majerus-Collins, I was set on the path that would make me an award winning professional reporter.

Youth Journalism International took a raw, burgeoning curiosity and honed it into a passion and skill for investigation and analysis.

It put me miles ahead in my first college journalism classes and gave me a leg-up when I began looking (and competing) for internships.

And ultimately, it taught me ethical and technical lessons I still use everyday in my career as a journalist.

Just as crucially, it introduced me to other young men and women from different backgrounds, classes and cultures -- a number of whom became lifelong friends. Opening a young person's world that way is invaluable and still a vital part of what this group does every day.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

For people like me who love writing but didn't have a patform on which to practise journalism, YJI is a real blessing. The feedback and tips that Jackie and Steve give us are particularly valuable. Add to that the fact that anybody can write for YJI but the quality of writing still remains extremely high, and you've got the reasons YJI is a great non-profit!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I began with Youth Journalism International during my sophomore year of high school, over a decade ago. I can say, in all honesty, that it was one of the best decisions of my life. Through my work for YJI, I learned how to become an effective writer, researcher and communicator. I had the opportunity to write stories about issues of real local interest: whether it was school board happenings, local sports results, or human interest stories, YJI gave me the opportunity to make my thoughts heard. My work at YJI helped me obtain a substantial scholarship to college, journalism awards, and helped put me on the road that has ended up with my becoming an attorney. Through the years, Steve and Jackie have continued to give that same opportunity to young people all over the world. They are truly wonderful people who have given life to a wonderful organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was lucky enough to become involved with Youth Journalism International in 1996, when I was a sophomore in high school. At that point I was a teenager who wanted to get into writing and reporting, but had no idea how and where to start. Over the next three years, I learned about writing, reporting and researching, skills which helped me through college, law school, and continue to help me in my career as an attorney. I also learned that if you truly care, if you truly have a passion for something, you can make a difference. I learned that because Steve and Jackie truly care about introducing teens to the world of journalism, and they have made a difference to teens all over the world.

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2 Courtney P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I started working with Youth Journalism International more than a decade ago. From the beginning, Jackie and Steve served as mentors, honing my writing and interviewing skills. Their efforts led me to be more inquisitive, more thoughtful, and more capable of sniffing out a story from miles away. Although their efforts were directed through the lens of journalism, the results have served me well throughout college, medical school, and now a neurosurgery residency. Jackie and Steve, through Youth Journalism International provide young students with the skills necessary to develop as critical thinkers and flourish in any field or career.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I got involved with YJI during my freshman year of high school, 15 years ago. Jackie and Steve were excellent mentors who taught me the skills necessary to research, write, and publish news and opinion articles. They empowered me, as a teenager, to ask questions of the adults around me, and they taught me to do this in a respectful, but persistent, manner. The technical skills have been tremendously helpful throughout my work as a medical student and researcher. More importantly, my time with YJI gave me ye skills and confidence needed to succeed as a woman in the male-dominated field of neurosurgery.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Youth Journalism International gave me an amazing experience. One that allowed me as a student to learn and improve on skills you need for journalism. I also get to work with great people and It helped me get to the journalist job I'm in at the moment. This is a great organisation offering amazing opportunities. It allows you to connect with other young journalists around the world and learn the skills needed for a career in photography or journalism.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a pretty mediocre student with decent grades and average extracurriculars; however, YJI gave me the credentials and the confidence to become so much more than merely an average Joe. After YJI published my first piece, I found that some people actually liked my writing, and so I decided to burrow further into journalism. Today I have two international, one national, one regional, and two county-wide writing awards and at seventeen I became a published journalist for a newspaper here in Florida. I believe wholeheartedly that none of this could be accomplished without YJI, for YJI gave me the foundation not only stand on, but also to grow upon. The recognition I received from YJI gave me the springboard to launch into larger things and Steve and Jackie (the YJI co-founders) truly invested their time in me and believed in me to write important pieces. They fostered my love of writing and encouraged me in my writing pursuits. YJI is more than merely a writing organization- it has the potential to change student's lives. Please invest in YJI, they could help so many more students if only given the chance.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Though I have not been writing for Youth Journalism International(YJI)for long, I can definitely say that this organization has opened up so many opportunities for us young, inspired writers. I came along simply looking for a place to be heard, but found so much more. YJI has an incredible, hardworking, devoted staff who believes in us. It also has given me, personally, an opportunity to connect and build relationships with teens all over the world. Above all else, I found myself falling back in love with writing once again. While it feels great to begin to write as I please, YJI DOES need full time staff. The volunteers invest a lot of time and energy on us, and it is only fair to them AND us that they deserve a little something as well so they can better the organization.

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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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

YJI offer an amazing service, allowing for young people globally to be given an opportunity that they never would normally. They allow for as much or little commitment and time as students have.

1 eliw97

Client Served

Rating: 5

YJI fosters the ideas that it is a good thing to be a well-written, well-informed, etc., world citizen (for lack of a better word; it's called Youth Journalism International for a reason). It provides an outlet of expression for those who wish it, and some great writing for those who wish to read it. While quite a few articles (just a bit much to me) involve pop culture, the serious side of journalism, the quirky side of it, and somewhat longish form journalism have all been presented as well. It's hard to understand how the folks who work so hard for YJI, who've founded it and pretty much dedicated themselves to it since 1994, have received such little recognition for this - when they deserve so much more.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

They not only provide great opportunities for teens in the United States but also around the world. The articles produced are of great quality (a daily read for me) and give teens the space, tools, support, and an audience to have their perspective heard. They have great and important things to say!! I haven't heard of or seen any other organization fulfill this particular need, and I feel it is a critical service so we can hear a variety of voices! I say this as a participant 15 years ago and an avid reader since that time!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Youth Journalism International (JYI) creates an opportunity for young people to share their experiences with, and to learn about the experiences of, other young people from across the globe. The people who get the most out of YJI are the same people who'se work allows YJI to flourish. This creates a pride in the personal achievements and the achievements of YJI. In my time at YJI I have not only improved my technical writing skills and self confidence, but also formed many friendships with people from places as varied as Connecticut, Alexandria and Kabul.

1 Vipasha S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Youth Journalism International has been fantastic in exposing students to the world of journalism and helping them get their stories out there. The people who go through this program are just absolutely astonishing, and I feel so privileged at having taking part in such an amazing organization. Over the past months, I've come to realize that this organization has given me opportunities to expand my horizons and see the world from a different perspective. It's because of YJI that I now have the opportunity to apply to something like Journalism studies in university in my country and it's really just been such a fantastic opportunity.

2 Lama T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm Lama Tawakkol and I'm an 18 year old from Cairo. I came across YJI earlier this year on the PBS website as they were running some of Jessica El Sayed's footage and commentary on the Egyptian Revolution. Jessica is an Egyptian YJI student, and being an Egyptian aspiring writer myself, I thought it would be a good platform for my work and a great opportunity for publishing. What I discovered was that it was not only a journalistic website, but also an academic organization that provides global youth with training and education in journalism. It was like enrolling in a journalism course for free, taught by two great journalists in person! I get one on one pointers via email/skype and I'm constantly being pushed to my utmost potential. I get to write about what I want, get published and learn, all in a family-like innovative atmosphere. The organization has also helped me make friendships around the world and exposed me to various cultures and peoples. It has kept me updated with my global surroundings. In four years when I'm out of college, or if I apply for any jobs right now, YJI will definitely be a main advantage for me.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

YJI was a large part of my personal formation throughout my high school years. Through my experiences working with real, experienced journalists and exploring with my peers, I was able to build confidence, gain invaluable writing skills, and learn to look at the world around me through many analytical lenses. The best part about my experience was just that: that it was undoubtedly MY experience. Steve and Jackie were always there, and they empowered me to take it as far as I wanted to go. They never wrote stories for me, but they always coached me to make sure I strove as far as I could. The network of peers (back then, a small group that met often in-person) was always there to discuss and gain additional perspective. Though journalism interested me in my teen years, I didn't pursue a career in print. However, I truly feel that YJI contributed to my abilities that got me where I am today, in the midst of a successful and illustrious career as a non-profit administrator and public policy advocate. There is no limit to the positive experiences this organization can have to any number of teens across the globe... if only given the right resources and support.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

YJI connects young journalists around the world--a gift that can rarely be matched. The ability to not only speak with and get to know others your age who are passionate about the news, but to receive critique and advice from committed volunteers has helped me feel so much more comfortable facing my future. I know that my YJI experience has changed my career path.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I live in Toronto, Canada and I have been with Youth Journalism International for about a year. Before, very few people took my writing seriously but YJI gave me the opportunity to publish my writing. YJI is an amazing organization that has very talented and dedicated people like Jackie, Steve and Katie, who take the time from their busy lives to edit our writing and make everything happen. I am very proud to be part of this great organization.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Youth Journalism International provides young people with oppurtunities that they cannot recive with other organizations. Because of YJI, I've had the ability to spend several days at ESPN covering their 30th anniversary, ride on Senator Joe Liberman's campaign bus during his successful 2006 senatorial campaign, interview several composition professors at distigushed New England colleges, and most importantly, meet and interact with students all over the world. This is, I believe, YJI's most important feature. Apart from the superb educational value, apart from the great experiences, this culture of cross-cultural understanding is what makes YJI special. Suddenly, when I hear about a bombing in Kabul, or an earthquake in Italy, or a drought in Egypt, it's personal. I have friends there. I've read their published work, and I've read their emails to the group. Sometimes I'll have spoken with them on the telephone, or on Skype. It makes world events a real concern, and makes abstract problems on the other side of the globe important to me. The United States is fighting a was in Afghanistan. Because of YJI, I think about not just the American cost of the war, but the cost to the honest working people of Afghanistan. YJI did that for me. It has given me- and others- a whole new look on the world.