Youth Journalism International

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.
Nov 8, 2012

November 9, 2012 Report For GlobalGiving

 Report For – November 8, 2012

The first and only worldwide youth journalism charity, Youth Journalism International connects student writers, artists and photographers with peers around the globe, teaches journalism,  fosters cross-cultural understanding and promotes and defends a free youth press.

Let’s take a step back for this report and look at the big picture:

Youth Journalism International is an IRS-approved 501(C)(3) public educational charity. Created in 1994 to help Bristol students learn to write better and to get the basics of journalism, it has grown into a unique, worldwide community with more than 200 students in more than 40 countries on six continents.

  • Students hail from more than 40 countries on six continents, including Afghanistan, South Africa, Pakistan, India, Egypt, Armenia, Italy, Uganda, the Netherlands, Germany, Tunisia, Korea, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam and Brazil. Adult Ambassadors who support YJI’s work in their home communities come from a wide variety of professions and nations.
  • Participating young people come from nearly every major world religion – Islam, Hinduism, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism as well as other faiths – and a vast number of ethnic, cultural and political backgrounds. Friendships that develop between students lead to cross-cultural understanding and global thinking.
  • Editors coach students in person in Connecticut, and for those farther afield, over the telephone and online using email, chat, Facebook and Skype to discuss ideas, story development and writing style. Editing is done in a collaborative fashion whether in person, on Skype or via email.
  • No student has ever been charged a fee to participate at Youth Journalism International.
  • Eager young people find Youth Journalism International online and those who are interested fill out student applications. Because of a lack of staff to handle the volume of inquiries, the current waiting list numbers more than 1,000 young people. In the month of October alone, young people filled out more than 100 applications.
  • Youth Journalism International’s website:
  • The daily blog, featuring a stream of work from students everywhere: Work also appears on partner sites, including PBS NewsHour Extra and The Mash in Chicago.
  • YJI’s Facebook page: On Twitter, YJI is @yjinternational,  @SteveCollinsYJI and @jackiemajerus


Jul 10, 2012

YJI Insider's Report

Youth Journalism International

Dear friends,

Please see the attached PDF for the latest update from Youth Journalism International, which includes links to many stories as well as pictures and an insider's view of what YJI has been doing.

One piece of important news for those who live in the Connecticut or tri-state area is that YJI is teaming up with The Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford to show the documentary "Linotype" on Thursday, July 26 at the museum's wonderful theater. It will be shown at 7:30 p.m., after a free ice cream social between 5 and 7 p.m. If everything goes according to plan, the grandfather of one of our former students, a former Linotype operator for The New York Times, will speak before the film. Admissions to the film are by donation to be split between YJI and the Twain House.

To keep up with what YJI is doing every day, you can check out our Facebook page at Almost everything that our students do is also featured first on our busy blog at

Generally, we are moving rapidly toward hiring our first paid staff member so we can begin to do much more for the hundreds of young people on our waiting list. Donations will have a direct impact on our ability to bring aboard more students, work with them and publish their work. They are, of course, greatly appreciated.

We are so grateful to all of you - and to GlobalGiving - for helping YJI grow and prosper. We are constantly frustrated that we can't do more, of course, but when we look back, we see so many helping hands who have made it possible for us to get this far. Thank you.

Jul 3, 2012

Final Report on Egyptian photojournalism student

Youth Journalism International

July 2, 2012

To the donors and friends who helped fund this project:

We are pleased to report that Yasser Alaa, the student photographer in Alexandria, Egypt, has received the equipment that your money purchased. The $406 covered the cost of this Nikon Nikkor Zoom lens:

Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR [Vibration Reduction] Nikkor Zoom Lens

It also paid for this Nikon bag:

These are the items that Yasser said would be most helpful to him as he continues to take photographs in his hometown. They were purchased in the United States, where they were much cheaper, and delivered directly to Yasser in Alexandria by an Egyptian college student in Youth Journalism International who was returning home for the summer. A small amount of leftover cash was used to buy a small Flip camera that will wind up in the hands of a YJI student in Egypt to produce video reports, if everything goes according to plan.

At Youth Journalism International, we are grateful to the many people who contributed to help Yasser, who lost his camera and equipment during a protest in Alexandria last fall. We know that many of the donors are connected to PBS NewsHour and its PBS NewsHour Extra. But a number of other donors also stepped forward. We appreciate the generosity of all of you.

Yasser himself said, "Thanks YJI and everyone who helped me," Yasser said. "Thanks a lot really for everyone. I appreciate everything. :)"

He is, of course, extremely happy to have this new lens and bag. For those who are interested, you can see some of his pictures on his Flickr site:

We hope that Yasser will use his photographic skills to take many pictures to share with the world. He has great potential.

If anyone would like a detailed accounting of how the donated money was spent, please ask. We're happy to provide it. And with that, let's close up this project, another successful one. Thank you to GlobalGiving for making it possible.

-- Steve Collins

Board President, Youth Journalism International


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