We hope you are having a great start to 2014. Some of you have asked us about when you can expect to see your article on the website and why you have not heard from us.
We received a large number of Uwrites since Thanksgiving, and we had only two weeks in December before we headed out on vacation ourselves :) We still have some UWrites from Fall in our queue.
We are going through all the articles we have received and will respond to each and every one of you who submitted us one, within the next few days.
Thank you so much for your patience and understanding. If you have sent us an article and don't hear from us in a week, please send us a note at email@example.com
Dear Youngzine families,
It is that one time of the year when we ask for your help. We hope our young readers will share our request with their parents.
As you know, Youngzine was incorporated as a non-profit earlier this year to keep the website ad-free and accessible for all children. We would like to continue that way, and build more enriching features and content for our teachers and young readers.
However, as we are approach grant organizations, we run into the question - how much have you raised from your community? Grant organizations like to see at least 50% to sometimes 80% contribution from the community we serve.
We are making a very modest request for our first pledge drive, but are still far from it [as you can see from the widget]
We know there are many of you who love and support what Youngzine is all about. We are asking for any amount that you can contribute; it will go a long way towards building our credibility in the eyes of grant organizations. So far we have bootstrapped ourselves, but we need funds to sustain and grow. Please help us.
Our heartfelt thanks to the following Youngzine families for supporting us.
- Will Clifford
- Supernova and Kittycat
- Amy M
- Srini U
- Anita B
We wish you all a very happy holiday season!
Hope you had a fun summer and are gearing up for start of school year.
We at Youngzine will be back with a full issue on Sept 3 - the week after Labor day weekend in the U.S. Over the past two weeks, we have been busy upgrading our classroom interface.
A word on UWrites since many of you had asked. We are a small team and this summer, between travel and family emergencies, we could only run the YE (Young Editor) program. Starting next week, you will start seeing all the UWrites we have queued up appear in the order we received them.
This week we will rotate some of the articles written over summer by our fabulous team of young editors. Who are the faces behind the articles?
My name is Radhika, and I am a senior at Great Neck South High School. I love writing and am a News Editor and Science columnist on my school's newspaper. My favorite subjects are science and math, and I hope to become a doctor one day. Outside of school, I learn Indian classical dancing and singing. My hobbies include reading, drawing, tutoring, and playing tennis. When I have time, I like to watch a few TV shows, my favorites being Bones and Once Upon A Time.
Hey Everyone! My name is Rachel. I am 15 and will be a sophomore in the fall at my city’s newest high school, Centennial. Although I live in what many of my friends think is a boring part of the country, I love Las Cruces New Mexico, although one of my dreams is to travel to Europe. I am passionate about reading, history, and teaching. Someday, I hope to be an elementary school teacher. I am a member of 4-H and I am the president of my club, The City Slickers. As you already know, I LOVE to write and since I’m also fascinated with current events, being a Young Editor is something I look forward to when summer rolls around. I hope you enjoy my articles and feel free to leave comments or questions so I know what you think of them!
My name is Ananke Krishnan, a 12-year-old living in California. I will be entering 8th grade in the fall. I am a total nature lover, and I love hiking, bird watching, and anything to do with the outdoors. I am also the president of an environmental school club called GreenKeepers. Outside of school, I play the violin for an orchestra. I also enjoy spending time with my younger sister and friends, playing badminton, gardening, painting and writing fictional stories. I am fascinated by animal biology and I hope to pursue a career in that field. I look forward to being a part of the Young Editors Team:)
They say the best things come in small packages. I'd like to believe that's true. My name is Trisha. I'm 5 feet tall, 16 and currently live in Bombay, India. Writing is, and always has been, one of my greatest passions—it’s why I signed up to be a Young Editor. Aside from this, I love reading, playing tennis, horse riding and eating. I adore animals and share a room with possibly the most adorable Shih-Tzu puppy ever, my dog Chip. I’ve had the opportunity to live in three different, amazing places- Bombay, Bangalore (also a city in India), and the Philippines. This has definitely sparked off a love of globe-trotting in me. I want to travel the world and share all my experiences with people through writing.
Hi, my name is Sofia and I am an incoming 7th grader. Living in California allows me to explore nature's wonders. One of my joys is being a seasoned junior lifeguard. Recently we dove through the 10-foot waves caused by the super moon the previous week. I also enjoy camping, skateboarding, and swimming with a competitive swim team. Reading, writing, and history are some of my greatest passions.
Hi! My name is Akila and I live in the Garden State of New Jersey. I am 12 years old and I will be going to 7th grade in September. I love to read and play the piano and violin. I also play basketball and golf. I am a First Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo. Though I do not watch much TV, I get my share of fun and news from Youngzine. I love making friends and interacting with them. I am excited to continue writing articles as a Young Editor this year.
I live in Bay Area, California and will be a freshman in the Fall. I have been an avid Youngzine member for a long time and have written numerous articles as Young Editor, as well as several UWrites. I am very passionate about music and have been learning a form of South Indian Classical Music. I also sing modern pop, and am part of a show choir in my school. I enjoy playing competitive tennis and am an ardent fan of Roger Federer. My other interests are reading books, science, following politics and playing video games.
Hi! My name is Meera, and I am a rising junior in sunny California. I love being a Young Editor for Youngzine; writing is actually one of my several passions. I love anything and everything to do with art, be it drawing, painting, sculpting, or web design. I am a proud member of both my school's Speech and Debate Club and Science Club, and a staff writer on my school's newspaper . I also am an avid piano player, and have been since the tender age of five. In my spare time, one might find me swimming, reading, biking, listening to music, or watching a movie.
Hi! My name is Sarika and I live in the DFW area of Texas. I’m entering 7 this fall. I love to read, write, and swim! I love music and play flute in the school band. I’m also very passionate about helping the Earth in various ways.
For two years in a row, we have invited Young Editors to join our team over summer! This year, we are back with our third Young Editor program. First let's answer some questions that might come to your mind.
What does Young Editor mean?
Think of Young Editor as an extension of our team where you will be writing main Youngzine articles. We will work with you and after the first 1-2 articles, you should be up and running on your own. We will be selecting six young editors to join our team.
How long is the program?
This year, it will be a six-week program from July to mid-August, where you will be writing one article a week. We understand summer is also a time for vacations, and we are flexible with your availability.
For our returning editors who are eager to start writing, you are welcome to join from mid-June.
What do we expect from a Young Editor?
Good writing skills and the ability to communicate your thoughts clearly are most important, since you are writing for other young readers. If you have been a Youngziner and read the main articles, that is pretty much the format we expect.
We use current events to explain the background context, and hence some basic research will be needed. It is important the articles be unbiased and state both points of view of an issue. And of course your articles have to be original -- no plagiarizing! We will send you guidelines to get started.
How can I apply?
If you wrote for Youngzine last summer, and are interested in doing so again, simply drop us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If we have not seen your work so far, send us an email at email@example.com and we will send you the next steps.
How does being a Young Editor help me?
It is an opportunity for you to develop your writing skills. Youngzine articles are a unique blend of factual writing and a bit of storytelling narrative. You may have seen articles recently by Rachel, Will, Meera and Radhika, who are some of our past young editors.
- Your work will be seen by young readers all over the world.
- Your knowledge on topics deepens, broadens and widens as you research into articles.
- Working with a small team will give you a real-world experience.
- You will be giving back to the community as you join us on the mission behind Youngzine -- to inspire children and build an awareness of our interconnected world.
- Finally, as a non-profit, we will be happy to acknowledge your efforts as volunteer hours.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Youngzine Editorial Team
Update : Due to persistent issues at our web hosting company, we are moving TONIGHT on 4/9. You might see some issues rest of this week as we sort them out, after which Youngzine should be back to normal.
This week we have a short issue on Youngzine as many schools are out on spring break.
It is also a time for us to address some performance issues with our website. You may have had problems with Youngzine pages loading very slowly this week or seen site down messages. Please know that we are on top of it and working with our web provider to address the issue.
While a temporary fix has been made by our web hosting company, we will be doing a major upgrade to a fast server on 4/12. If you experience any downtime when you visit Youngzine over the course of next week, please bear with us. And be sure to come back if you caught us at a time when the site is down. Once the upgrade is complete, Youngzine pages should load up in a jiffy!
Thank you so much for your patience.
Meanwhile, we hope you are enjoying the first days of spring.
Do you know someone famous or an expert in a field? How would you like to be a reporter and have your interview published on Youngzine?
You will see an article from Will Clifford this week in the Science and Tech section. Will had an opportunity to interview Dr. Leonard Adleman, a pioneer in a new area of computing -- called DNA computing. We were planning on writing on the same topic and were pleasantly surprised to see his article.
That got us thinking -- how cool it would be if our readers could interview important people they might know. Perhaps a scientist, an astronaut, an artist, an author, a museum curator, an environmentalist, someone in politics etc. You may have someone in your family or in your friends circle!
We recently had an archeologist take questions from you, and are awaiting her response any time now. This would be a great way for you, our young readers to introduce other Youngziners to experts in the field.
So, if you know someone and would like to interview them, please drop us a note with a name and the field they are in. Of course you will need your parents' permission as well.
Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in being a young reporter!
It is hard to believe we are already nearing the end of January. We hope the New Year is going well for you, and you are on track with what you hope to accomplish this year -- be it in academics, music, sports or other passions.
We at Youngzine, are looking forward to an exciting year ahead. It will be a new journey for us, as we become a non-profit and look at ways to raise funding so we can continue and build on what we are doing.
This week, you may have noticed that the two science articles were written by Sarah Charley. Sarah is a science writer and has written previously for NOVA and other science publications. When Sarah and I met, it was as if she instinctively knew what Youngzine was about -- using news to explain the science and inspire young minds! Her passion for making complex topics simple shows in her article on Radiation.
Sarah will be writing a few articles for us over the next few months, even as she pursues an internship in Washington DC. Welcome Sarah!
Meanwhile, we have added the UShare by popular request. Thanks to Clara Roberts who initiated a mini-campaign on UChat :) UShare is meant as a way to share your art work, needle work, or videos you may have created about something cool that you built, a game you created or a place you visited.
We look forward to more of your UWrites and UShares!
It has been a while since we wrote a blog post as we got busy ourselves on some organizational matters. With the New Year nearing, we have resolved to start blogging again as we miss the connection with our young readers!
We are sure each of you are looking forward to the holidays, to spending time with family and loved ones, and exchanging gifts. It is unfortunate that the joy of this holiday season has been overshadowed by a terrible tragedy in Connecticut. It is hard to make sense of what happened and it can leave many of us worried for our safety.
Tragedies such as these are meant to wake us up, to spur us into action to make our world a better and safer place. We understand that continuous media coverage on television and the internet can be overwhelming, and it may be best to stay away from sensational news because it serves no purpose.
The world IS a caring and kind place, and while we each need to be careful, you can trust loving adults and teachers around you to take care of you. We can assure you, there are many adults who are starting to talk about issues such as mental health and tighter gun control in light of this incident.
Meanwhile, make the most of your holidays. Hug your family and friends. Help the less fortunate. And most of all, accept differences with fellow human beings, because the human soul is so much bigger than ALL the differences that divide us. And when you grow into adults, we hope you will carry the torch of peace forward.
The Youngzine team will be taking a break for two weeks to spend time with our families.
It is hard to believe that summer is almost over! We hope you enjoyed articles from our fantastic team of Young Editors who were part of our summer program. We had introduced them in our last blog here. We will now be taking a two-week break starting next Monday to prepare for the school year. Why, you ask?
Firstly, and most importantly, the next two weeks is a crucial time as many teachers close out their old classrooms, and start new ones in preparation for the 2012-2013 academic year. We cannot help them if we are constantly updating new content on the website. It is also a time for us to push out a few new features and upgrades on the website.
Secondly, and equally importantly, Youngzine is a passionate effort and we are a small team. We are also parents of young children, and would like to spend time with our families as well as get our children ready for start of school year.
What happens to my UWrites?
We know some of you have sent us UWrites -- we have not forgotten you. The month of August is when our readership drops down to its lowest. We will queue up the UWrites for publication starting September 1st, when our children and classrooms return.
Will there be no activity on Youngzine?
No. We will still be publishing all your comments. We will add new videos occasionally. We will recirculate articles written by our Young Editors and UWrites that were published over summer. This is for the benefit of those readers who took a break from Youngzine over summer.
When will we be back?
You will see a few new articles on the first Monday of September, and we will be back in full swing after Labor day weekend.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
We hope you have been following articles on Youngzine over summer, written by our Young Editors. This week, we have a short issue with half the number of articles and UWrites. Our editorial team happened to be all traveling at the same time, with limited internet access. We will be back in full swing from next week.
Meanwhile, as we are midway through our summer program, we would like to introduce our fantastic and truly international team of Young Editors who have joined us this year. We are thrilled with the quality of articles they have been sending us -- which could very well be mistaken for pieces written by adults! :)
My name is Rachel Kenney, I am 14, and in the fall I will be in 9th grade. I live in Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA, where it is hot and dry in the summer. I live with my mom, dad, and little sisters Hannah and Emma. I am a major history nerd, especially when it comes to American history. I also love to read, write fictional stories and poetry, and babysit. I am involved in a local 4-H club where I am the Vice President. In the future I hope to be a social worker and have a family.
My name is Shreya. Although I'm an Indian, I live in Belgium. I am twelve years old (turning thirteen) and I will be in 8th grade after the summer vacation. My interests include Science (specifically physics): Energy, Force, Machines, Physicists etc. History is interesting to me too and I would love to write articles about it. My hobby is painting and I learn about artists and their paintings. I also like to read.
I live in Bay Area, California and will be entering 8th grade in the Fall. I have been an avid Youngzine member for a long time and have written numerous articles as Young Editor, as well as several UWrites. I am very passionate about music and have been learning a form of South Indian Classical Music. I also sing modern pop, and am part of a show choir in my school. I enjoy playing competitive tennis and am an ardent fan of Roger Federer. My other interests are reading books, science, following politics and playing video games.
My name is Akila and I live in the Garden State of New Jersey. I am 11 years old and have just finished the 5th grade. I love to read and play the piano and violin. I also play basketball. I am a First Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo. Though I do not watch much TV, I get my share of fun and news from Youngzine. I love making Friends and interacting with them. I hope you will enjoy reading my articles on Youngzine.
My name is Amelia and I live on the east coast of Australia. I'm home schooled, but if I was in school, I'd be in grade 4. I am a vegan and love all animals (especially cats!). I like to write—in fact my perfect day would be writing all day! I also draw and read a lot. I write a blog about animals, at creaturesncritters.blogspot.com. I also love going to the beach, which is very close by. I really love playing with my two cats, who are adorable!
I am 14 years old, born in New Delhi, India, lived in Singapore for 13 years and moved to Texas this year. I just finished middle school, and will begin my first year at high school this August. I love reading, writing, swaveboarding, playing volleyball, basketball, track, swimming, cricket and soccer, doing quilling (an art of making 2D & 3D figures with strips of paper), singing, debating and videography.
Hi! My name is Meera, and I am a rising sophomore in sunny California. I love being a Young Editor for Youngzine; writing is actually one of my several passions. I love anything and everything to do with art, be it drawing, painting, sculpting, or web design. I am a proud member of both my school's Speech and Debate Club and Science Club. I also am an avid piano player, and have been since the tender age of five. In my spare time, one might find me swimming, reading, biking, listening to music, or watching a movie.
They say the best things come in small packages. I'd like to believe that's true. My name is Trisha. I'm 5 feet tall, 15 and currently live in Bombay, India. Writing is, and always has been, one of my greatest passions—it’s why I signed up to be a Young Editor. Aside from this, I love reading, playing tennis, horse riding and eating. If I could, I’d just eat all day long! I adore animals and share a room with possibly the most adorable Shih-Tzu puppy ever, my dog Mojito. I’ve had the opportunity to live in three different, amazing places- Bombay, Bangalore (also a city in India), and the Philippines, and I’m extremely grateful to have been able to do so. This has definitely sparked off a love of globe-trotting in me. I want to travel the world and share all my experiences with people through writing.