Calafia Fellowship – Interest Form

  • Stipend/Gift Card
  • School Credit
  • Community Service/Volunteer Hours
  • Authorship on Publications/Letters to the Editor
  • Transportation Reimbursement
  • Grant/Scholarship

Are you a yli youth leader between the ages of 16-22, who is passionate about storytelling and policy change? Applications for the 23-24 cycle are closed, but you can sign up here to get updates on upcoming orientation meetings and application information for the 24-25 Calafia Fellowship! 

About Calafia

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’s past issues have focused on youth criminal justice reform, educational equity, intersectional feminism, and stigmas within communities of color. Check out the latest issues at:

Calafia Fellows are selected every year from each yli office to create and edit the issue’s theme and the stories presented. You will also be mentored by experienced reporters and learn the steps to producing a printed publication.


Over the course of 9 months, you’ll be expected to:

  • Attend one, 1 1/2 hr meeting per week
  • Meet with media mentors
  • Conduct research and interviews
  • Complete several journalistic assignments that will be compiled into a print and digital pub

The program will run from August 2024 to April 2025.

Stipends: $240/month ($15/hour for ~16 hours of work/month)

Youth with some prior experience (and/or a whole lot of interest in) in journalism, storytelling, personal narrative and/or creative writing are highly encouraged to apply.