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Additions to the Form 1023
Part V Compensation and Other Financial Arrangements With Your Officers, Directors, Trustees, Employees, and Independent Contractors
2a. Are any of your officers, directors, or trustees related to each other through family or business relationships? If “Yes,” identify the individuals and explain the relationship. Thomas Stephen Majerus-Collins and Jacquelyn K. Majerus-Collins are related by marriage. They are husband and wife. 3a. For each of your officers, directors, trustees, highest compensated employees, and highest compensated independent contractors listed on lines 1a, 1b, or 1c, attach a list showing their name, qualifications, average hours worked, and duties. Thomas Stephen Majerus-Collins, a veteran daily newspaper reporter with more than two decades on the job, is board President of Youth Journalism International. He brings to the organization his experience in journalism and a fierce devotion to press freedoms and the First Amendment. Over the past 15 years of working with the student journalists in his care, he’s shared his love of writing and reporting and propelled them into a wide range of careers in media, law, teaching, business and medicine, among others. A self-taught computer geek, he created and continues to maintain the website for Youth Journalism International and is responsible for its blog as well as the organization’s presence on Facebook and Twitter. He is an adjunct lecturer at Tunxis Community College in Farmington, Connecticut, having taught English composition and grammar. A native of Massachusetts, he is a graduate of The University of Virginia. He lives in Connecticut. Michael D. Johnson, a dean at the Bronx School for Law, Government and Justice in the Bronx, New York, is board treasurer of Youth Journalism International. At his school in the Bronx, where he also teaches high school science to special education students, he is a role model known for his tireless dedication to his students and their future success. With a master’s degree in Science Education from Lehman College in 2007, he has been guiding youth in New York City schools since 2004. His compassion and perspective as an educator helps define Youth Journalism International as an important resource for all young people. A native of
Detroit, Michigan, he is an active member at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Manhattan. He lives in the Bronx. Jacquelyn Majerus-Collins, a veteran daily newspaper reporter with more than two decades on the job, is executive director of Youth Journalism International. To her more than 15 years of work as a writing coach and editor, she brings a passion for journalism, a dedication to teaching and a genuine appreciation of the young people she serves. She interacts with YJI students as a group and one-on-one, teaching reporting and writing and coordinating collaborative efforts among teens from around the world. Since 2006, she has also worked as the facilitator of the Coming of Age mentoring program for young teens at the Universalist Church of West Hartford. A native of Wisconsin and a graduate of The University of Iowa, she now makes her home in Connecticut. Edrees Kakar, a senior reporter and student of Youth Journalism International since 2005, is an Afghan who lives in Kabul. In 2007, while living as a refugee in Pakistan, he completed his schooling from the Ahmad Shah Abdali High School in Peshawar, Pakistan. He went on to earn two one-year diplomas in information technology and business administration in Pakistan. After returning to Afghanistan, he took a position as an information technology officer at a Kabul commercial bank. He gained practical experience and an understanding of the regional market as well as the export-import business from his work with a local trading company. He loves sports and played football as a teenager. As a board member, he brings a global perspective and continues to encourage younger students within the organization. He has a good command of four languages: Dari, Pashto, English and Urdu. Susan Millar brings extensive experience in non-profit board membership and organization management to Youth Journalism International from years of volunteer work in her home community of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A native Iowan, she has served since 1992 on the board of Legion Arts C.S.P.S., a contemporary arts organization. She’s chaired several committees and acted as volunteer coordinator. As a board member of Youth Journalism International, she provides valuable guidance to the young non-profit corporation. She is the owner of Millar Woodwind Repair, a small business she founded in Cedar Rapids in 1998. She lives in Cedar Rapids. 5a. Have you adopted a conflict of interest policy consistent with the sample conflict of interest policy in Appendix A to the instructions? If “Yes,” provide a copy of the policy and explain how the policy has been adopted, such as by resolution of your governing board. The conflict of interest policy is written into the bylaws for Youth Journalism International and was adopted by the Board of Directors.
Part VI Your Members and Other Individuals and Organizations That Receive Benefits From You
1a. In carrying out your exempt purposes, do you provide goods, services, or funds to individuals? If “Yes,” describe each program that provides goods, services, or funds to individuals. Our organization exists to provide a service to young people interested in journalism. We teach about reporting, news coverage, ethics, opinion, and press freedoms, as well as about good writing in both an individual and a group context. Photography and graphic art are also included. Youth Journalism International’s efforts are largely focused on providing students with a solid education about journalism. It does not provide any goods or funds to anyone. 3. Do any individuals who receive goods, services, or funds through your programs have a family or business relationship with any officer, director, trustee, or with any of your highest compensated employees or highest compensated independent contractors listed in Part V, lines 1a, 1b, and 1c? If “Yes,” explain how these related individuals are eligible for goods, services, or funds. It is possible, indeed probable, that children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews of organization officials may participate in Youth Journalism International. They would not receive any service that any other young person would not also have the opportunity to get. They would not receive any funds or goods.
Part VIII Your Specific Activities
4a. Do you or will you undertake fundraising? Attach a description of each fundraising program. At this time, we have no active fundraising effort, but we certainly plan to raise money. One method we will clearly use is to allow donations through our website and perhaps through the websites of other journalism organizations that allow us the space. We would use phone calls and emails to our alumni, students, parents of students and known supporters to try to raise other funds. It is likely we would seek foundation and perhaps government grants to support our programs, but have not yet identified any in particular that might apply to our situation. 4d. List all states and local jurisdictions in which you conduct fundraising. For each state or local jurisdiction listed, specify whether you fundraise for your own organization, you fundraise for another organization, or another organization fundraises for you. Our fundraising efforts would be based solely in Connecticut, but through email, the internet and phone calls, we would contact people in many states and other countries as well. Most would be
direct personal contacts with students, alumni, parents and known supporters of the organization. We would raise money only for Youth Journalism International and not for any other organization. We do not have any other organization raising money for us. 10. Do you or will you publish, own, or have rights in music, literature, tapes, artworks, choreography, scientific discoveries, or other intellectual property? If “Yes,” explain. Describe who owns or will own any copyrights, patents, or trademarks, whether fees are or will be charged, how the fees are determined, and how any items are or will be produced, distributed, and marketed. Youth Journalism International will naturally wind up with intellectual property created for it by students. In all likelihood, the material would consist mostly of stories and photographs. It would also produce its own materials for teaching journalism. Exactly how we will handle any intellectual property issues that arise remains uncertain. Because the material is minimal at this point, we cannot say what may happen in the future except that we plan to protect any intellectual property as the law allows.
12. Do you or will you operate in a foreign country or countries? Name the foreign countries and regions within the countries in which you operate. Describe your operations in each country and region in which you operate. Describe how your operations in each country and region further your exempt purposes. Youth Journalism International plans to continue to reach out to young writers in many countries, but it won’t really operate in other nations. Though students may live in many places, the organization is based in Connecticut and has no plan to open offices anywhere else. It will communicate with young people in other countries via email, phone calls, instant messages and other electronic means. There is a chance, however, that some travel may be possible in the future so that YJI can train students elsewhere or perhaps assist them in covering an event of world significance.
Part IX Financial Data
23. Any expense not otherwise classified, such as program services. (attach itemized list) Expenses in 2007 (actual) -- $70 $70 to state of Connecticut for filing fees to reserve corporate name and to incorporate Expenses in 2009 (actual and estimated) -- $1,614 $1,164 for promotional hats, tee shirts, lanyards and badge holders for press passes for students $100 for state of Connecticut corporate filing fees
$300 to Internal Revenue Service for filing form 1023 $50 postage Expenses in 2010 (estimated) -- $2,600 $200 corporate stationery, business cards $300 promotional materials $400 postage $250 corporate memberships to professional journalism and education organizations $1,200 professional conference fees, lodging and travel expenses $250 dedicated telephone line These numbers are inherently uncertain, as we wouldn’t spend money that we don’t have. If revenues prove as high or higher than we expect, we would likely use more for travel to work with students, but also put some aside for the following year.
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