Wednesday, April 6, 2011

From Italy: 'Change Is Possible'

By Eugenia Durante
Senior Reporter
MILAN, Italy -- I was seventeen when I joined Youth Journalism International.
I was a high school student and I used to live with my parents in our home in Genoa.
Now I’m almost twenty, I live in Milan on my own and study at college to become an interpreter or a translator.
Many things have changed in these three years: my life is completely different. I’ve had to face new challenges, some of them thrilling, some of them scaring. I’ve met new people, made new friends and lost others, but the ones I love will always remain in my life, exactly like the things I enjoy and love doing. Youth Journalism International is one of them.
Since the beginning, Steve and Jackie helped me in this exciting experience. I can’t thank them enough for their wonderful job and the great effort they have always put in supporting me, helping me with my English and, most important, in teaching me to be brave and always have the courage to express my opinion.
We can see many young people who don’t believe that a change is possible, and I was one of them. It’s easier to think that we can do nothing to change the world, to make it a better place.
Youth Journalism, Steve, Jackie, and all the other students taught me that a change is possible, and we can make it real.
Thank you.

You can help Youth Journalism International touch more lives by making a contribution to its ongoing GlobalGiving campaign.
This is a crucial month for YJI. We need to raise at least $4,000 from at least 50 different donors giving at least $10 apiece in order to secure a permanent spot on GlobalGiving's important website. We are deeply grateful to anyone who can help.

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