Save Y-Press

Dateline: Thu 18 Nov 2010

The not-for-profit youth publication, Y-Press, which started out in 1990 as Children's Express, has educated thousands of young Hoosier journalists over the years and exposed countless Central Indiana kids to the joys of self-expression through writing, on deadline, as well as travel opportunities.

Now Y-Press on the ropes, struggling to come up with enough money to stay afloat.

Located in the Inidianapolis Star building, Y-Press is led by Lynn Sygiel, bureau director, with assistance from several competent and dedicated staff members. Over the years, the publication -- which runs its stories in the Sunday Indianapolis Star --- has tackled controversial and fascinating issues to kids and others: home schooling, Wicca and Mormon beliefs, elections, reviews of books and movies, pop culture.  But it's main goal is just to get kids writing, introducing them to sentence structure and how to construct a compelling story from top to bottom.

The publication was short of funds last month; an anonymous donor contributed $10 grand to keep Y-Press in business through November. What happens next?

To add insult to injury, Y-Press a week or so ago had two computers stolen from its offices, located in what was formerly the photo department at the Star -- a Mac and a Notebook laptop were taken.

The board of Y-Press is trying to figure out the next move. In the past, the Pulliam family/trust has helped out; let's hope there are funds and the will to do so again, for kids' sakes.

For more info about Y-Press' mission, etc., go to its website:


Matt Stone [unverified] said:

I'm a former Y-press member and I had no idea. I can't help financially, but I'll re-post on my blog and tell people that I know what their situation is.

2010-11-18 11:22:43

Tell The Truth [Member] said:

Good Lord if Gannett can't fund this, pull the plug on Gannett. Seriously.

2010-11-18 13:30:56

ruthholl [Member] said:

Matt, that is great. This is the best way to help.
And TTT I know -- all those stock options and bonuses for the big brass in Reston and the publishers, etc. I think Gannett could do some real good by stepping in with their foundation and paying the bills for a few years or so....
Other thing: look at the website and contact the board members. Urge them to act, quickly....

2010-11-18 15:45:40

ruthholl [Member] said:

Matt, what is the link to your blog?
Thank you.

2010-11-18 16:14:09

Matt Stone [unverified] said:

2010-11-18 18:23:20

Tell The Truth [Member] said:

Contact which board members? Y Press or Gannett? (or both?)

The Gannett board is a group of yes-men-women, oblivious to the real world.

But if you think it'd help to contact them, I will.

2010-11-18 18:42:34

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