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The Young Journalist

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The Young Journalist Program is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to give 4th and 5th graders the tools they need to become intellectual writers and remarkable readers. We believe all our students are bright and gifted, entitled to opportunities to live up to their potential.

We are an Extended day program in Indian River County with plans to branch out to Brevard County. Each class ranges from 3-12 students.

~ Mentors ~

We are looking for Mentor volunteers to guide the students through the provided curriculum and instructions. As a Mentor you will work with students and coach them to write scholarly articles, which will be published in a magazine. You will have the option to edit their articles yourself or have a director do so. The Young Journalist Program publishes this magazine once every semester.

Each Mentor will be assigned to one school, 2 days a week from 4-5pm.

Due to Covid-19 protocols it is mandatory to wear mask in public schools.

~Board of Directors~

Each individual Director is expected to
* know the organization’s mission, policies, programs, and needs
* faithfully read and understand the organization’s financial statements
* serve as active advocates and ambassadors for the organization
* leverage connections, networks, and resources to develop collective action to fully achieve the organization’s mission
* help identify personal connections that can benefit the organization’s fundraising and reputational standing, and can influence public policy
* prepare for, attend, and conscientiously participate in board meetings

The following are the positions we are currently looking to fill.

~ Vice Chair/Vice President ~
* This person is often next in line to become the chair and serves as the board’s leader when the chair is not present, such as during official board meetings.

~ Secretary ~
* The secretary of a board takes notes, called minutes, at board meetings, then submits those minutes for amendment or approval by the board. The secretary is an active conduit for communication between the board, management and board members. The secretary is responsible for scheduling board meetings and should ensure an adequate number of meetings are held per year, in accordance with the organization’s bylaws. The secretary prepares and sends meeting materials far enough in advance of the meeting for each director to review such materials, correct any errors, and prepare questions and comments. If the organization does not have a business office, the secretary keeps its records and its non-financial legal documents, including its bylaws, articles of incorporation and minutes of historical meetings.

~ Treasurer ~
* The treasurer of a board keeps the organization’s financial records, unless the organization has a professional accountant or business manager. In that case, the treasurer keeps copies of the main financial records, signs checks that the business manager or accountant writes, approves purchases and invoices and otherwise oversees and keeps an eye on the organization’s finances. The treasurer also prepares and delivers a treasurer’s report at each of the board’s official meetings and approves the organization’s annual tax filing.

~ Board Members ~
* Board members who do not have one of the previously discussed roles often volunteer to head committees such as a marketing or website committee. These board members attend meetings, receive updates and vote on board matters. They have the right to make motions, discuss them and vote on them. After serving as a board member, these individuals might ascend to the secretary, treasurer, vice chair and eventually chairman of the board positions. Some board members represent specific geographic areas.

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About The Young Journalist



Mission Statement

Our mission is to nurture intellectual curiosity and instill a lifelong love of writing by mentoring these students in the creation of their very own published bylines.


The Young Journalists Nonprofit Organization is for Fourth and Fifth grade students. It is an introduction to plain old-fashioned journalism and the stories of those who have left a lasting mark on the profession. We mentor the kids from 4:00pm to 5:00pm twice a week.

We believe all our students are intellectually bright and gifted, entitled to opportunities to live up to their potential. The Young Journalists Program nurtures our students by growing writers. Through writing, we also grow readers as writing supports reading and reading supports further growth in writing.

The Young Journalists Program strongly believes that without curiosity there is no journalism. Our students become Journalists by writing their own articles for publication. In the process we teach the "tools" of journalism: email, online research, copying and pasting in Word, citing sources, downloading publishable images and most importantly conceptualizing and planning how the research will become a published article.

Board Development
Children & Youth
Education & Literacy


Tue Jan 05, 2021 - Mon Apr 05, 2021
04:00 PM - 05:00 PM  


1915 Bridgepointe Circle 39Vero BeachVero Beach, FL 32967



  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Child Care
  • Reading / Writing
  • Journalism
  • Microsoft Office Suite




  • Driver's License Needed
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2 hours a week. You will be with one school from 4-5pm two days a week. If you would like to do two schools then you will be at each school 2 days a week from 4-5pm totaling 4 hours a week.
  • You can decide to edit your students articles or give the articles to the directors to edit. If you edit on your own, it will take approximately an additional 2 hours a week.

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