Thursday, April 7, 2011

From South Africa: YJI 'Put Me On Right Track'

By Nicole Megan Gounder
DURBAN, South Africa -- Growing up, I had no clue as to what I wanted to spend my life doing.
I was pretty confused. When I reached the end of high school, my future was still unclear. In my first year of college, though, I developed a great interest in journalism.
Unfortunately, media opportunities are quite limited here in Durban, South Africa.
I was extremely keen to get some experience, so I did what every other teenager would do if they needed an answer and needed it fast: I Googled!
Youth Journalism International came up, and I clicked on its link.
I have to admit that I'm not much of a reader, but when the page downloaded, I was amazed to see stories from all across the globe!
I applied to become a student thinking I would never get a reply.
Boy, was I wrong! YJI replied and before I knew it,I was a junior reporter.
It wasn't long before it was time to write my first article. I jumped right ahead.
Youth Journalism International makes its students feel as though they can conquer the world! That's exactly how I felt when I saw my first article online.
It's not just about writing good stories. We are able to discover the world through other YJI students. I have made many friends thus far. I call them my YJI family, because that's what they really are.
Youth Journalism International has benefited me in many ways and I am forever grateful.
I really mean when I say that the lessons I've learned from Youth Journalism International, I would have never been able to get anywhere else.
YJI has put me on the right track.
It will always be apart of my past, my present, and my future!

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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