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Volume 16, No. 14 - April 26, 2010

Youth Journalism International sponsoring worldwide teen journalism contest

This spring, Youth Journalism International, a Connecticut-based educational nonprofit, celebrates its Sweet 16th with a gift to talented young writers, photographers, and cartoonists around the globe:  The world’s first international journalism contest for teens.

YJI gains nonprofit status

In the 16 years since it formed in 1994 to teach local teens about journalism, Youth Journalism International has blossomed into an international organization with students around the world. Now the group is sponsoring an annual contest to further its mission of promoting a free youth press.

The contest is accepting entries from now until May 7.  Read more

Kakar snags photo award

Edrees Kakar, a Youth Journalism International veteran, captured a photo award from the Scholastic Press Forum last month. Read more




Fun and Games







-- NEWS --

Connecticut to host first youth peace summit in 2011

By Yelena Samofalova in HARTFORD, Connecticut, U.S.A. – The World Youth Peace Summit will gather 2,500 young people from around the globe –including writers, athletes and musicians – to Connecticut next year.

While they play games and listen to music and speeches next summer, they’ll help the world move towards peace, step by step.

Organizer Dan Doyle, who started the World Scholar-Athlete Games in 1993, is adding the first World Youth Peace Summit to the offerings planned for summer 2011 at the University of Connecticut.  Read whole story

A day in Paris

By Caroline Nelissen in PARIS, France – With couples strolling along the banks of the Seine, the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, and dreamily gazing artists looking for inspiration, Paris is one of the most famous and inspiring cities in the world.

So when my school offered a special trip that took senior students back and forth to Paris in 24 hours, I was stunned. I knew about the trip, since the school offered it to last year’s class as well, but it made me realize again how close Paris actually is to my home in the Netherlands.

Of course, I knew Paris is a six to seven hour drive from where I live, but that doesn’t really mean anything. Living in a small and quiet town in the Netherlands, it’s hard to believe this world famous romantic city is actually that nearby. It normally seems like Paris is worlds away. But it really isn’t.

At five o’clock in the morning, the seniors of the Christelijk College Nassau-Veluwe in Harderwijk – and some sophomores who were lucky enough to fill in the places that were left over – gathered in front of the school. It was dark and gloomy, and it was pretty hard to imagine that we’d arrive in Paris in just a matter of hours.  

The drive took us about six and a half hours and as we were driving into Paris, we noticed the weather was great, which is always a good start.

After we had worked our way through streets crowded with tourists from all over the world, we were standing, still a bit dazed, in front of the Sacré-Cœur, with a nice view over the city. Here, we were given a dayticket for public transport and we were off, an entire day of Paris stretching out in front of us. Read whole story

Youth Journalism International members and alumni check out Joe Keo's art show in Bristol

When Joe Keo, a YJI alum who graduated from University of Hartford's art school last spring, held his first solo art show at the Bristol Historical Society in Connecticut, we made sure to get a personalized tour of the exhibit from the artist. It was terrific -- and made all the better because Keo was there to explain it all.

In the picture are, left to right, Kiernan Majerus-Collins, Joe Killian, Amanda Lehmert Killian, Hila Yosafi-Lehman, Joe Keo, Sam Yosafi, Mary Majerus-Collins, Yelena Samofalova and Katie Jordan. Together, they span 14 of YJI's 16-year history. That's the sort of bonding that makes this group so special.

Join Youth Journalism International and get a real education

Young writers, photographers, cartoonists and other journalists are encouraged to join YJI now and add your name to the high-achieving teens across the globe who belong. It is free to participate. Please see for more information.




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