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Welcome to the application for the sixth cohort of the Youth Arts Journalism Initiative. If you are a high schooler attending a New Haven or Hamden public school and have an interest in journalism, read on. Applications are open February 14 through March 7, 2022. 

The mission of the Youth Arts Journalism Initiative (YAJI) is to introduce New Haven high schoolers to grassroots journalism through The Arts Paper, the daily publication of the Arts Council of Greater New Haven. Students independently research, report, draft, and publish articles covering the arts, culture, and community in New Haven and the greater New Haven region. Many YAJI alumni stay on as freelance reporters after the program ends.

The next semester starts this April with a multi-day "intensive” followed by eight weeks of pitch meetings and 1:1 professional mentorship after school. We ask students to produce between one and four publishable articles over the course of the program. Student pay starts at $75 per article.  In addition, all students receive a $250 stipend for participating in the program. 

The 2022 spring session will be held in-part on Zoom due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Your commitment to the program includes:

• Weekly 1:1 sessions with program mentors
•  Developing story ideas
• Conducting interviews 
• Writing publishable articles

Important dates:

March 7, 2022: Application due
March 14, 2022: Applicants notified
March 21, 2022: Applicants accept or decline entry to the program
Programs begins: April 18, 2022
Program ends: June 10, 2022

Mentors plan to hold three afternoon "intensive" sessions and two in-person sessions the week of NHPS spring break (April 18-22). 

For questions, email markeshia@newhavenarts.org or lucy@newhavenarts.org. Fill out the application below to apply.

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Our sincere thanks to the following foundations, institutions, and local businesses who have and continue to help make YAJI possible!

Interested in supporting YAJI? Contact our Development Director Megan Manton for more information.

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