The Youth News Foundation

Children and teenagers look at the world from a very different perspective than adults. They have their own unique thoughts, views and opinions. Adults can learn from their brightness, curiosity, honesty, humour, playfulness, positivity, seriousness and spontaneity. A third of the world’s population is under 18. They are a very important part of society. Every day we see children in the media, but seldom or never do they tell their own story. These young voices must be heard.

Youth reports

We fund and make youth reports through out network of reporters.


90% of our funds go to reporting projects, correspondents and training.


We train journalists in how to make reports with children.

How did it start?

The Youth News Foundation was founded in 2015 by Dutch journalist Tako Rietveld. After working as a presenter and reporter for the Dutch National Children’s News for over ten years, he felt the need to give children across the world a voice. ‘Children proved to me that they have much more to say then most adults think. They inspire me, make me laugh and think. They know what the world should be like. We can learn from them. Listen!

“Children, after all, are not just adults-in-the-making. They are people whose current needs and rights and experiences must be taken seriously.” – Alfie Kohn

Children’s Correspondents

The Youth News Foundation has an international network of professional journalists working with youth. We call them our children’s correspondents. They are trained, qualified and certified journalists who make professional reports with children and teenagers. We work together with 60 journalists in 30 different country’s. They are our reporters, educators and figureheads. The goal is to have a children’s correspondent in every country of the world, so every story can be told.