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Articles of Incorporation

Articles of Incorporation

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Published by: Steve Majerus-Collins on Oct 26, 2009
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Filed with the Connecticut Secretary of State onJuly 30, 2007. Adopted by theYouth Journalism International Board of Directors on October 19, 2009.
NAME/REGISTERED OFFICEThename of this corporation shall be Youth Journalism International, Inc., aregistered Connecticut non-stock corporation. All references to "Corporation"below refer to Youth Journalism International, Inc. The corporation's registeredoffice is located at 33Griswold Drive, West Hartford, Connecticut 06119.
PURPOSEThis Corporation is organized exclusively for charitable educational purposeswithin the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, asnow enacted or hereafter amended, including, for such purposes, the making of 
distributions to organizations that also qualify as Section 501(c)(3) exemptorganizations. To this end, the corporation shall use all funds, whether income orprincipal, and whether acquired by gift or contribution or otherwise, to furtheradvance the mission statement in Article III.
MISSION STATEMENTYouth Journalism International Inc.'s educational mission is to empower youngwriters, artists, and photographers of all ethnic, cultural, religious and nationalbackgrounds by teaching them to be journalists andabout the role of the press insociety, journalistic ethics and the rights and responsibilities of a free press.Serving a diverse group of students, the organization will foster cross-cultural andinternational understanding and ultimately friendships among the young journalists. Youth Journalism International will strive to get the work of the young journalists published and, in the society at large, be an advocate for the rights of the youth and student press throughout the world.
DIRECTORS/MEMBERSThe Corporation shall have no voting members. The management and affairs of thecorporation shall be at all times under the direction of a Board of Directorsconsisting of at least three members, whose operations in governing theCorporation shall be defined by statute and by the Corporation's bylaws. NoDirector shall have any right, title, or interest in or to any property of theCorporation.The Board will have the power to establish bylaws, hire or appoint Corporateofficers, whether paid orvolunteer, and set policies in pursuit of the Corporation'scharitable aims. The directors will pick a President, Treasurer and Secretary for theCorporation. No person may hold more than two of the three mandated positions.
LIMITATIONSAt all times the following shall operate as conditions restricting the operations andactivities of the Corporation:1. No part of the net earnings of the corporation shall inure to any member of theCorporation not qualifying as exempt under Section 501(c)(3)of the InternalRevenue Code of 1986, as now enacted or hereafter amended, nor to any Directoror officer of the corporation, nor to any other private persons, excepting solelysuch reasonable compensation that the Corporation shall pay for services actuallyrendered to the Corporation, or allowed by the Corporation as a reasonableallowance for authorized expenditures incurred on behalf of the Corporation;2. No substantial part of the activities of the Corporation shall constitute thecarrying on of propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, or anyinitiative or referendum before the public, and the corporation shall not participatein, orintervene in (including by publication or distribution of statements), anypolitical campaign on behalf of, or in opposition to, any candidate for public office;and3. Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, the Corporation shall notcarry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on by a corporation exemptfrom federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as now enacted or hereafter amended. Its officers and directors willscrupulously ensurethat all laws, state and federal, are obeyed.4. The Corporation shall not lend any of its assets to any officer or director of thiscorporation unless such loan program is regularly conducted as part of theactivities of the organization and the qualification of the individual to participate insame is determined by a panel comprised solely of non-Board members, orguarantee to any person the payment of a loan by an officer or director of thisCorporation.

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