Check Out History With Harry!

Jul 10, 2016 By Deepa Gopal

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Dear Youngziners,

Youngzine, as we had written earlier, is in the midst of a major transformation this summer into a wonderfully engaging, new site!

While you wait for the big reveal, please enjoy a taste of some fun, new content that will be debuting on the new site in September...

Welcome to the world of 'History with Harry'! Dive into the past with fantastic tales of a boy and his time travelling dog, as our shared history is explored in an exciting new way!

We would love to hear what you think of this new way of presenting history through current events. Part 1 is up this week, and the remaining two parts will follow in the next two weeks. Add your questions and comments to the article and Andrew Gabriel - the author of the series, would be happy to respond. 

About Andrew:

Andrew Gabriel was born and raised in New Jersey. He holds a great love for reading and writing, and is a columnist, and amateur historian, who enjoys teaching kids about our past. He is also the author of the book "A Diary of Hope: The Story of an American Prisoner of War".

Enjoy!

Youngzine Team

 

Watch Out For A New Youngzine!

Jun 8, 2016 By Deepa Gopal

Dear Youngziners,

We have some exciting news to share. In the Fall of 2016, we will be launching a newly redesigned Youngzine website!

The new website will look very different from what you see today - this is because we are coming up with a design that can work well on tablets and smartphones as well. We know many of you browse Youngzine on these devices and many teachers have iPads and Chromebooks in classrooms as well. So it was time for us to "change with the times"!

What happened to my UWrites?

We have been working towards this new website for the past year after raising a little money. We are a very small team and could only focus on articles each week and website upgrade activities.This is the reason you have not seen new UWrites. We have received your UWrites over the last year, and are reviewing them. We will send emails to all our readers whose articles have been approved.

To prepare for the launch, we will be taking a break this summer from our popular 'Young Editor' program. In fact, this is the last week for new articles. For the rest of summer, we will be showcasing articles written by our summer editors over the past few years. 

We look forward to sharing the new website with you. Have a wonderful summer!

Youngzine Team

 

Our First "Letters To The Editor"

Mar 22, 2016 By Deepa Gopal

Dear Youngziners,

We are happy to publish our first "Letters To The Editor" that we received recently from a young reader. 

We encourage our young readers to send us letters on any topics that are dear to their heart. The letters are an opportunity to talk about issues affecting your peers and children around the world. It should not carry a political or religious message, or anything that inflammes other's sentiments. Instead, it should be positive and uplifting.

We need POSITIVITY in our world today, and you are our future!

Youngzine Team

 

If Everyone Pitched In...

Nov 30, 2015 By Deepa Gopal

to get Youngzine through another year…

It is hard to believe that we are marking the fifth anniversary at Youngzine this Fall!

From just under 100 readers initially, we have now grown to tens of thousands all around the world, by sheer word-of-mouth. Youngzine has also been endorsed by Common Sense Media, the ALA (American Library Association) and AASL (American Association of School Librarians), as well as by the US Department's Kids.Gov.

We need your help to deliver on a few critical website upgrades next year, as well as to continue providing engaging, unbiased and ad-free content for our young readers.

We did the math. We only need 3000 people to join us by giving $10 each, to hit our $30,000 matching goal!

Every penny we raise goes entirely into creating the Youngzine experience. As parents of young children ourselves, we know how important online safety is for you, and you can count on us.

Can you join us and chip-in $10? Our campaign ends on December 15.

Have a wonderful holiday season with your families and loved ones! 

- Youngzine Team

 

Our HUGE Thanks to our donors:

Youngzine is a tax-exempt 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization (Tax ID Number: 90-0850890). Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.

 

Youngzine And Crack The Books

Aug 31, 2015 By Deepa Gopal

Dear Youngziners,

We are back after summer with our first Fall issue this week. We have some exciting news to share, which I will do so over the next two blogs. 

This week, we would like to introduce Youngzine's partnership with Crack The Books. Crack The Books will feature news articles from Youngzine on their iPad app, designed especially for young readers. 

Crack The Books™ are a series of highly interactive digital books for the iPad. Easily adjustable reading levels and built-in tests allow parents to customize books to match their child's reading abilities. Children can explore different forest biomes on a 3D interactive globe, experience deep-sea creatures up close in a submersible they control, adjust animal populations in an interactive food web, and much, much more.

Each book contains hundreds of state-of-the-art interactive features to not only help kids better understand the content, but also find joy in reading and learning. With multiple books covering earth sciences and many social studies books on the way, Crack The Books will help your child learn about the world around them, while becoming a more engaged, confident reader.

You can visit Crack The Books to learn more and start a free trial of their most popular book, Pines to Vines, today!

Check the same space next week for more exciting news!

Youngzine Team

Meet Our 2015 Young Editors!

Jul 8, 2015 By Deepa Gopal

Dear Youngziners,

We are pleased to announce our team of Young Editors for 2015! You will see their first set of articles this week.

As we had written here, being part of the Editorial team gives budding writers an opportunity to learn about topics of global interest, do the appropriate background research and understand different sides of an issue, before explaining it to other young readers.

This year, two of our seniormost writers (Rachel and Radhika) will be driving the Young Editor program and mentoring writers. Of course, we will be overseeing and guiding them as well. 

So without furher ado, lets meet...

Ananke from California

Hi everyone! I’m Ananke, an incoming 10th grader in the Bay Area of California. I am obsessed with birds and nature in general. I absolutely love birdwatching, gardening, and raising animals.

Last year, as a member of FFA (Future Farmers of America) I raised three chickens. Sadly, I had to sell them at the end of the school year, but it was still an amazing experience overall. I am very concerned about animal welfare and am also very interested in the idea of an eco-friendly, self sustainable community. Apart from being a nature lover, I enjoy playing violin, playing clarinet (for my school marching band), reading, playing badminton, painting, and obsessing over chickens :) I am really excited to join the Young Editor Program for my second time.

For anyone who is interested, I have a blog on my chickens. The link is: 3Lilchickens.blogspot.com. Enjoy! 

Akila from New Jersey

Hi! My name is Akila and I live in the Garden State of New Jersey. I am 14 years old and I will be going to 9th 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.

Arjun from California

I live in Bay Area, California and will be a Junior 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 South Indian Classical Music. I also sing modern pop, and am part of a show choir in my school. I enjoy playing tennis and am an ardent fan of Roger Federer. My other interests are reading books, science research and playing video games.

Joey from Washington

Greetings from Shoreline, Washington! People call me Joey, so that’s my name. I’m thirteen, and I’m an April baby - meaning I just finished 7th grade.

Language Arts is at the top of my subject-o-meter, not because of the grammar, but the writing and reading. I love writing because I consider it a training ground in collecting thoughts and presenting them appropriately. I have considered writing as a job, but decided to be a pediatrician instead. Other than that, I enjoy crocheting and embroidery (it’s therapeutic), drawing and creating (occasionally I get something good) and biking (something Northwestern). 

Vatsal from Texas

Vatsal Vemuri is 12 years old and lives in Dallas, TX. Vatsal will be starting seventh grade this fall.

In his spare time, Vatsal likes to read books, especially fiction books that are based on real events. Vatsal also plays classical piano as a soloist and as a member of a Piano Trio. He enjoys doing community service in a range of environments from schools to retirement homes. Vatsal likes to hang out with his friends and play sports such as football and basketball. 

Rachel from New Mexico

Hey Everyone! My name is Rachel. I am 17 and will be a Senior 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!

Radhika from New York

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My name is Radhika, and I just finished my first year of undergraduate in the pre-Med program. I love writing and am a News Editor and Science columnist on my University's newspaper. Outside of school, I learn Indian classical dancing and singing. My hobbies include reading, drawing, tutoring, and playing tennis. 

 

Love Writing? Join Our Team This Summer!

May 30, 2015 By Deepa Gopal

Every summer, we invite young writers to join our team for our six-week Young Editor program. You will do what we do - author news articles that are read by your peers from around the world. We mentor and guide you through the experience.

Sounds like a challenge you are up for? First let's answer some questions that you might have.

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, most of our young writers are up and running on their own. We will be selecting six young editors to join our team this year.

How old should I be?

Most of our Young Editors are 12-15 years of age with strong writing skills. This is because you will be writing on politics, science, environment and other current events (news) which will require reading and understanding the background material. If you have strong writing skills, are part of your school newspaper or see yourself as a future journalist, this is for you!

How long is the program?

It is a six-week program from July 1st week 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 as long as you inform us in advance. 

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 reading the main articles on Youngzine, that is pretty much the format we expect.

We use current events to explain the underlying context or a concept, so you will need to put your research hats on. It is important that 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 if you have been selected.

How can I apply?

Send us an email to editor@youngzine.com. If you have written for us last year, please mention that in your email. 

Lets us know by June 10 if you are interested. If you are new to our summer program, we will ask you to choose from a few topics and write a 300-400 word article. We will select based on your writing skills. 

How does being a Young Editor help me?

  • 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 of being a writer!
  • You will be giving back to the community, and as a non-profit, we would be happy to acknowledge your efforts as volunteer hours.

Is that reason enough to want to join? We look forward to hearing from you!

Youngzine Editorial Team  

 

We Loved Your Slogans!

Sep 10, 2014 By Deepa Gopal

Dear Youngziners!

We were asked why we had not picked a winner for the Youngzine slogan contest here. Truth be told, we did not have the heart to pick any one. Each slogan is special in its own way and reflects what Youngzine means to each of you. And that means a lot to us - you encourage us to do what we do each and every day!

We are sharing a few of your slogans with our larger community of young readers, classrooms, parents and teachers. Perhaps seeing your slogans might encourage more of your peers to try Youngzine!

  • Youngzine: Bringing you the world, one article at a time.
  • Youngzine: Where boring adult news turns into things we understand
  • Youngzine: Transforming young minds into great minds
  • A window for the inquisitive mind
  • Bringing the world safely to the young and curious
  • New information for the new generation.
  • Youngzine: Putting the zing in Zine!
  • Youngzine: Where education is enjoyable.
  • Youngzine: Where real, current events meet young, creative minds
  • Learn Here, Thrive Now
  • Youngzine: Learn your way
  • Youngzine: Education, fun and games rolled into one website!
  • Youngzine-The family friendly site for learning!
  • Youngzine: Pocket of the Imagiverse
  • Youngzine: A safe environment for learning about the unique world around you.
  • Youngzine: Colorful, bright, and entertaining too, Youngzine is the place and the website for you!

What Happened To My UWrites?

We received many submissions from our young readers over summer. Since we are a small team and were very busy with the Summer Young Editor program, we could not respond to you. We are looking at ways of putting up more UWrites each week. You will see some changes shortly - stay tuned!

Youngzine Team

 

Back After Labor Day Weekend!

Aug 25, 2014 By Deepa Gopal

Dear Youngziners!

We will be back with our weekly issue after the Labor day weekend. We have also received several UWrites from many of you just before and during summer. We will review them and you will be hearing from us over the next couple of weeks. 

For those of you who may have missed seeing Youngzine over summer, we had a fabulous team of Young Editors write for us on a fascinating range of topics. Click on these links and you will see all article authored after July 1st written by our Summer Editors.

And who were these Young Editors? We had introduced them in the summer in our Blog HERE. We will be rotating their articles on the home page during the course of this school year. 

To all our young readers in the US, have a wonderful Labor Day weekend.

We will be back soon!

Youngzine Team

 

Introducing 2014 Summer Editors

Jul 28, 2014 By Deepa Gopal

Dear Youngziners,

Over the last few weeks, you may have noticed articles authored by different Editors.

As we had written here, being part of the Editorial team gives budding writers an opportunity to learn about topics of global interest, do the appropriate background research and understand different sides of an issue, before explaining it to other young readers.

We are excited to introduce our 2014 Summer Editorial team!

Meet Laila from California

girl14.pngAs an incoming 6th grader in sunny Southern California, I have many bright spots in my life.
My passions include archery and diving, both of which require my complete focus, and clear my mind. I'm at home in the water whether swimming on a competitive team or while Boogie-boarding at the beach. Science has always been my favorite subject, because I love doing science experiments, and learning about scientific discoveries. When it doesn't drive my mother crazy, I enjoy playing soccer in our front hallway with my father and sisters.

Meet Sofia from California

Hi there! My name is Sofia Abolfathi and I'm entering 8th grade in Southern California. This is my second year as a Young Editor. At school, I'm part of the Yearbook Staff, where I've had some of the best times of my life. After school, I practice in the pool on a competitive swim team. When I'm not snapping photos or underwater, you can find me curled up on my sofa reading or writing, exploring the world around me with my microscope, playing piano, or at the beach either surfing or participating in Jr. Lifeguards. I hope you all enjoy my articles as much as I love writing them!

Meet Arbaaz from California

boy18.pngArbaaz Muslim is an aspiring nonfiction writer who won first place at a middle school essay writing competition and wrote for Overture Literary Magazine. He is 13 years old and will attend 9th grade at Mission San Jose High School this fall. He lives in Fremont, California and enjoys reading (both fiction and nonfiction) and playing badminton.

Meet Akila from New Jersey

Hi! My name is Akila and I live in the Garden State of New Jersey. I am 13 years old and I will be going to 8th 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.

Meet Vatsal from Texas

Vatsal Vemuri is 11 years old and lives in Dallas, TX. Vatsal will be starting sixth grade this fall. In his spare time, Vatsal likes to read fiction books. He especially enjoys fiction stories that are based on Greek, Egyptian, Roman and Indian mythologies. Vatsal also plays classical piano as a soloist and as a member of a Piano Trio. Vatsal likes to hang out with his friends and play Minecraft and basketball.

Meet Aaditi from Massachussetts

girl08.pngHello! My name is Aaditi. I am in incoming 5th grader and live in Westford, MA. I really love to write, and I am very excited and fortunate to be working with a wonderful team of editors. I have been writing articles, poems, etc. from age 5.  I spend most of my free time writing or swimming for the New Wave Swim Team. I also enjoy gymnastics, soccer, tennis, art, and dancing. I learn Odissi dance, a classical Indian dance. When I grow up, I would like to be an Olympic swimmer. I really like the books by Rick Riordan, like the Percy Jackson series. And I would love to travel to Hawaii when I grow older.

Meet Norbu from Arizona

boy01.pngI am 10 years old and I live in Phoenix. I have a younger sister. My interests include WWII history, the praying mantis and Star Wars. I have a pet praying mantis, whom I found in my yard. I also have a praying mantis egg-case that has babies emerging every day. I like Legos, especially Star Wars Legos. I participate in Spelling Bees, math contests, etc. When I grow up I want to be an entomologist (one who studies insects). I am enjoying being in the Young Editor program. Writing is a lot of fun, as is learning about new things.

Meet Jentry from Virgnia

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I am Jentry, a 3rd year Environmental Studies and International Studies student at Hollins University in Roanoke, VA.

Meet Rachel from New Mexico

Hey Everyone! My name is Rachel. I am 16 and will be a Junior 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!