Youth Journalism International sponsoring
worldwide teen journalism contest
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
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.
Kakar snags photo award
Edrees Kakar, a Youth
Journalism International veteran, captured a photo award from
the Scholastic Press Forum last month.
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
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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
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
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.
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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.
Youth Journalism International and get a real
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.