Dear Readers, Teachers & Parents -- Thank you so much for your patience while we completed a major site upgrade over the past two weeks from June 15 - June 29. Since we moved to a new server, we had to freeze all content, user accounts, and classrooms as of June 15th. What that means is if teachers created an account or a classroom assignment, or readers added comments to articles in the last 2.5 weeks, those were not migrated to the new site. We apologize for any inconvenience. We needed to get the upgrade done and summer is the best time for us. The good news is we are back live with the most current software! We don't anticipate any...
Dear Readers, This past week, America witnessed a murder in broad daylight perpetrated by a police officer, the very people who are meant to protect us. Protests have erupted across the country as people demand justice, equality, and an end to police brutality. They want George Floyd to be more than just another statistic to be added to the list of more than 7,500 African Americans who have been killed by the police since 2013. The protests come on the heels of the pandemic which has claimed more than 100,000 lives in the U.S alone and has left millions jobless and facing an uncertain future. The pandemic has also affected...
Every summer, we invite young writers to join our team for our six-week summer program. Think of yourself 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 4-6 young writers to join our team this year and will mentor and guide you through the experience. Does this sound like a challenge you are up to? First, let's answer some questions that you might have. How Old Should I Be? Most of our Young Editors are typically 13-17 years of age. You will be writing on politics, science, environment and other current events (news) which will require you to read and understand the background material. If you have strong writing skills...
Today is #GivingTuesday. Please consider donating to Youngzine.  Youngzine was started with the goal of helping our children grow into the leaders and problem-solvers that our world needs. The first step towards action is building an awareness of the invisible web that connects us all and inspiring children that they can each make a difference. And that is exactly what we do at Youngzine - using news and current events as a springboard to explain the forces shaping our world, be they political events, technological innovations or environmental issues.  We are a non-profit and there is a reason we have chosen this difficult subscription-free path. We want to reach...
Dear Readers, We are thrilled and excited to share the launch of Youngzine's new website with the first issue for the school year!  The responsive design makes it an equally engaging experience if you view it on iPads and smartphones.  It was six years ago on this day that we had our humble beginnings. And what a journey it has been! Youngzine has grown in strength and purpose thanks to the support and goodwill of our young readers, parents and teachers who believed in our mission, gave us feedback to improve, and inspired us with positive emails and messages. Thank you for being the wind beneath our wings, and we look forward to soaring higher with your support...
Dear Young Readers, Teachers and Parents, We are very excited to share Youngzine’s new look! It has many of the same features that you are familiar with and have grown to love on Youngzine.  You will find it arranged differently on the new website, with less clutter. However, what makes the new website hugely different is the responsive design – which means, it will display well on tablets and smartphones. As technology in the classrooms has changed, it was time for us to change as well. We received a small grant from Seattle Foundation last year, and have put the entire amount towards upgrading the website. What you see today is the fruit of a year-long collaborative...
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...
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...
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...
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...