Above, a drawing by Mehran Shamit, a Toronto youth reporter, in celebration of Youth Journalism International’s 20th anniversary. Below: national flags of the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, Bangladesh, India and Ukraine.
What if you could bring six young people, each
born in a different country, together in friendship and to work toward a common
Youth Journalism International is doing that
this month, and you can help.
Our new project, “Toronto Tour 2014,” will
bring together young writers and photographers who will work together to bring
the sights, sounds and experiences of the journey to readers and viewers.
chaperones, will travel by van through Upstate New York, making stops along the
way. Once they cross into Canada, they’ll meet up with two YJI students and one
In all, the six member group will be made up of
youth born in Bangladesh, Canada, India, the Netherlands, Ukraine and the
United States, and while they maintain strong ties to their homelands, most grew
up in the U.S. and Canada.
know each other. Most will be meeting for the first time.
to bring travel pieces, photography and video about historic sites, natural
wonders, personal discoveries and much more.
teens will bid farewell to their friends in Canada and head home, taking in
more sights along the way. In all, it’ll be five days and four nights of
adventure, journalism and new friendships.
rousing success is to share this information with others, and follow the
students’ work at YJIblog.org.
by making a
contribution to the project, which will cost about $2,000, by donating
to Youth Journalism International.
or more will get a limited edition “Toronto Tour 2014” tee shirt showing their
support for this project. Of course, anyone who gives a gift of any size makes a difference.
one of them?
tax-deductible donation to “Toronto Tour 2014” or other Youth Journalism
International projects using a credit card or your PayPal account, go to www.youthjournalism.org. Or, you can
send a check to Youth Journalism International, 33 Griswold Dr., West Hartford,