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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

Suburban Lullabies: My Confusion On the Edge of Middle Class

yli is My Story

In Glendora, we do not grow up thinking deeply about economic inequality because the lullabies of financial comfort have put many of us to sleep. You assume your friends will be able to pay for their ticket when you go to the movies. You walk into homeroom and assume no one slept in their family’s car the night before.

Freaking Algorithms!

yli is My Story

“You need to learn how to code,” my father would tell me, after “Technology is the future. Make sure you’re a part of it.” “What about me?,” I would fume internally. What about my ability to create as a human, without the assistance of AI or technology?

With Food to Spare: Volunteering at an Affluent Town’s Food Bank

yli is My Story

A driver pulls into the Three Rivers Art Center parking lot, holding out two fingers representing the number of families they are picking up for. A line of volunteers drop full-sized boxes of produce into the driver’s open side door. “You sure you don’t want another box? It all needs to be gone, or it’ll go bad.”