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. World News Science and Technology Our Earth Society and Arts 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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Dear Youngziners, 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...