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...
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...
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...
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...
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...