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Calafia is yli’s statewide youth policy journal that amplifies the narratives of young people on topics and issue areas important to them and their communities.

Calafia Fellows are selected every year from each yli office to create and edit the issue’s theme and the stories presented. They are also mentored by experienced reporters, travel to statewide and national media conferences, and learn the steps to producing a printed publication.


In 2022-2023, Calafia fellows created the podcast, Mind the Gap: Suppressed to Addressed to uplift the voices and experiences of people impacted by injustice.


HOT OFF THE PRESS!!! Calafia’s newest print publication, Mind the Gap: Suppressed to Addressed (English, Spanish) is here!! Fill out this interest form or contact Jarret Ramones at [email protected] for FREE print copies. Calafia’s past issues have focused on youth criminal justice reform, educational equity, and addressing stigmas within communities of color – the issues are available for download below!

Read the Latest Calafia Stories

Gender Roles in the Modern Age

yli is My Story

We often suppress individuality in our community, whether it be through stating who may and may not wear makeup, or our restrictive gender roles, so people find themselves trapped within a certain set of rules just to appease societal norms.

The “back doors” of college admissions are still wide open

yli is My Story

Although the parents in the Varsity Blues scandal were charged for their crimes, the wide open “back door” for wealthy students was never shut. Today, while it may not be a major scandal or illegal crime, money is one of the biggest factors in college admissions.