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If you’re wondering what Youth Journalism International does with your money, the best answer is to take a look at what its students are doing right now.

In the past three months along, students in 15 countries have written stories about everything from the death of Nelson Mandela to windmills in Portugal. They’ve detailed the stories of a girl slaughtered in the Westgate Mall attack in Kenya, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the ongoing trauma from the gang rape of a woman in Delhi and what it’s like at Dealey Plaza 50 years after President Kennedy was shot there.

They’re building on a legacy that includes stunning pieces on the Arab Uprising, Hurricane Katrina, teen suicide, school shootings and so much more, not all of it so serious.

But don’t let us describe what these amazing young people are doing, take a look for yourselves at some of the stories they’ve done in just the past three months:


Afghans Worry About What Will Happen To Their Country When Troops Leave (Oct. 21, 2013)



Turning Disposable Into Sustainable (Nov. 18, 2013)

Far From Her Kenyan Home, Student Follows News Of Terrorist Attack On Nairobi Mall (Sept. 28, 2013)



A Year After Gang Rape, Delhi Youth Want Attackers Punished And Society Educated (Dec. 21, 2013)

Remembering The Courage Of Nirbhaya, Victim Of Notorious Delhi Gang Rape (Dec. 16, 2013)



Jerusalem Roads Reopening After Snowstorm (Dec. 16, 2013)



Nairobi Football Teams' Biggest Loss Was When Terrorists Killed An Exeptional Girl (Oct. 11, 2013)

To Nairobi Student, The Westgate Mall Attack In Kenya Was 'The Scariest Thing In The World' (Ot. 9, 2013)



Coming Of Age In Nepal's Festival Season (Nov. 20, 2013)



Nigerians Put Troubles Aside On Christmas (Dec. 23, 2013)

Nigerian Students Relieved Strike Is Over (Dec. 19, 2013)

Finding Inspiration While Mourning Mandela (Dec. 10, 2013)

'I Have Drunk From His Cup Of Wisdom,' A Nigerian Youth Bids Farewell To Mandela (Dec. 6, 2013)

Nigerian Universities Still Empty Despite Government Orders To Resume Classes (Dec. 4, 2013)

Striking Professors Keep Eager Students Out Of Class At Nigeria's Public Universities (Nov. 24, 2013)



Pakistani College Women Study Heart Health (Oct. 5, 2013)



Filipino Students Pitch In With Relief Efforts (Nov. 25, 2013)

After Haiyan, Philippines Face Tough Road (Nov. 19, 2013)

Hungry Filipinos Take Desperate Measures (Nov. 13, 2013)

Typhoon Hits Philippines With Wind, Rain (Nov. 9, 2013)



Nelson Mandela's Day Is Done, But His Inspiring Legacy Lives On Forever (Dec. 10, 2013)



Portraits Of Portugal's Ancient Windmills (Oct. 8, 2013)



Mourning Period For Mandela Fittingly Ends On Reconciliation Day In South Africa (Dec. 16, 2013)

South African Sculpture Shows Different Perspectives On Nelson Mandela (Dec. 15, 2013)

American Student In South Africa Swept Up By A Nation Grieving For Nelson Mandela (Dec. 15, 2013)

Losing Madiba: South Africa Grieves (Dec. 6, 2013)



Ugandan Children Use Art To Show Respect, Admiration For An African Hero, Nelson Mandela (Dec. 11, 2013)

Celebrating Halloween In Uganda (Oct. 31, 2013)



Like Obamacare Website, Glitches In Common App Add To College Stress (Dec. 17, 2013)

Mandela's Life Proves Nothing Is Impossible (Dec. 5, 2013)

After Fifty Years, Sadness Lingers At A Dallas Site Where An Assassin Killed JFK (Nov. 19, 2013)

Nature's Paintbrush At Work In Connecticut (Nov. 13, 2013)



Hanoi's Got The Christmas Spirit (Dec. 25, 2013)

'Suits' Is Smart And Witty TV Worth Watching (Dec. 6, 2013)

Typhoon Haiyan Loses Power In Hanoi (Nov. 12, 2013)

Heavy Rains In Hanoi As Haiyan Approaches (Nov. 10, 2013)

We've had a busy few months at Youth Journalism International, with stories from many countries on issues large and small. Students have tackled the possible war in Syria, talked to South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, weighed in on the ongoing turmoil in Egypt and so much more. Take a look at the attached newsletter to get a taste of what we've been doing.

Thank you so much for your role in making it all possible. We are grateful.

We'd love to hear what you think so please don't hesitate to write or call. Be sure, too, to spread the word about YJI and the wonderful stuff our students are churning out!

Thanks again,

Steve Collins, Board President

Jackie Majerus, Executive Director


Youth Journalism International has been, as always, extremely busy. We just completed our fourth annual international journalism contest for those 19 and under, a major undertaking that exposed us to the phenomenal range of work that young people are doing around the globe. In addition, we are working with our own students day in and day out.

Our waiting list, unfortunately, is growing far faster than our capacity to bring in new students. It is a constant frustration to us that so many worthy, wonderful youngsters don't get the chance they're looking for. One day, we hope, there will be enough staff and money to provide opportunities for more of them.

Please see the attached Spring 2013 newsletter for details. It also has links to many of the stories.



Youth Journalism International sponsors the only worldwide teen journalism contest, open to any youth, anywhere, not just YJI students.

YJI’s Excellence in Journalism contest aims to shine a light on the exceptional journalism by young people each year.

Crystal trophies go to the top award winners, including the Student Journalist of the Year and Journalism Educator of the Year. Young journalists compete in many other categories -- news, sports, features, opinion, photography and graphic art.

Since the 2010 launch of the contest, the winners alone have represented 20 countries on five continents. Trophies for top categories have been sent out to students in the United States, Egypt, India, Italy and the Netherlands.

Check out our new fact sheet for much more what we've been doing!


 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


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Youth Journalism International

United States, West Hartford, United States

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Steve Collins

West Hartford, CT United States

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