Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Cool Facts About Youth Journalism International

About YJI Students

* YJI has published work by students in 31 countries on five continents and at least 24 U.S. states
* Students in YJI come from every major world religion - Christianity, Islam, Judiasm, Hinduism, Buddhism and more
* Student reporters have covered everything from the Egyptian revolution to prison conditions in Mumbai, American teen suicide and pregnancy, terrorist attacks around the globe, music and movies, the World Cup, the Olympics, national elections and natural disasters like hurricanes, floods and mudslides to the senior prom.
* YJI student work has been featured on PBS NewsHour Extra, National Public Radio and many newspapers and textbooks, including one for middle school students published by National Geographic
* YJI students have interviewed many famous people, including the Dalai Lama, Desmonde Tutu, Little Steven Van Zandt, Tony Hawk, Derek Jeter and Miss Manners
* More than 120 students have won awards and scholarships for the work they've done for YJI


* YJI has never charged students to participate
* YJI is recognized as a Top Educational Charity by
* picked YJI as its "Daily Impact" charity of the day on July 24, 2011
* is featuring YJI for a charitable drive in Greater New York City in August 2011
* With a small number of volunteers struggling to keep up with the demands of a growing organization, YJI desperately needs to hire its first paid staff person
* YJI has received donations from Google, the Mohegan Tribal Government and Microsoft, but students, alumni, and their families and some loyal readers currently provide the bulk of financial contributions

Random cool stuff

* Well over a million people have read the work done by YJI students online and in print
* Two students who met through YJI ultimately got married and are working as reporters today
* Hartford Magazine wrote a five-page feature story about YJI in its August 2011 issue
* The New Britain Rock Cats named YJI students as "Hometown Heroes" in 2006
* YJI student Samantha Perez was specifically honored by the Louisiana State Senate for her Hurricane Katrina coverage
* YJI students and alumni get together at least twice a year to eat, talk and play games. These gatherings in Connecticut have included students from South Africa, Korea, Nebraska, England, California, Canada, Singapore and New York.

1 comment:

Kate said...

Very cool random facts!!