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 Phoenix

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!

 

We Are On A Short Break!

Jun 24, 2014 By Deepa Gopal

Dear Youngziners,

We are on a short two-week break starting this week, as we gear up for our Summer Young Editor program. 

Since we are a small team, we use these two weeks allow us to plan for website changes over summer, as well as start working with our Young Editors on their first set of articles. Watch out for their bios as we introduce the new team next week!

We will try to post a few News bites, videos, UWrites and perhaps even a new contest to keep you all busy until we are back.

Do you have anything interesting planned for this summer - perhaps travel, volunteering, a fun camp or pursuing an art you are passionate about? Share with other Youngziners. 

Have a wonderful summer!

Youngzine Team

 

Call For 2014 Young Editors!

May 20, 2014 By Deepa Gopal

For three years in a row, we have invited young writers to join our team over summer! This year, we are back with our 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 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 to mid-August, and you will be writing one article a week. We understand summer is also a time for vacations, and we are flexible. 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 editor@youngzine.com.

If we have not seen your work so far, send us an email at editor@youngzine.com and we will let you know what the next steps are.

How does being a Young Editor help me?

If you love writing or imagine being a journalist, then you may not want to miss this opportunity! Youngzine articles are a unique blend of factual writing and a bit of storytelling narrative. And there's more -

  • 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, and as a non-profit, we would be happy to acknowledge your efforts as volunteer hours.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Youngzine Editorial Team 

 

What Happened To My UWrites?

Jan 15, 2014 By Deepa Gopal

Dear Youngziners,

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 editor@youngzine.com

Youngzine Team

 

Please Support Youngzine

Dec 13, 2013 By Deepa Gopal

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.

We wish you all a very happy holiday season!

Regards

Youngzine Team

Young Editors, UWrites And More...

Aug 25, 2013 By Deepa Gopal

Dear Youngziners,

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? 

 

Meet Radhika from New York

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.

Meet Rachel from New Mexico

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! 

Meet Ananke from California

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:)

Meet Trisha from India

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.

Meet Sofia from California

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.

Meet Akila from New Jersey

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. 

Meet Arjun from California

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.

Meet Meera from California

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.

Meet Sarika from Texas

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. 

 

Call For 2013 Young Editors -- CLOSED!

Jun 5, 2013 By Deepa Gopal

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 editor@youngzine.com.

If we have not seen your work so far, send us an email at editor@youngzine.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.

Happy Summer!!

Youngzine Editorial Team

 

Website Issues - We Are Upgrading TOMORROW 4/10!

Apr 1, 2013 By Deepa Gopal

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. 

Dear Youngziners,

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. 

Editor