The following announcement was published, without edits, in the L.A. Midweek Asian Journal on January 22, 2014.
NAM Launches new print publication, 'Calafia'
New America Media announces the launch of Calafia, a print journal generated by NAM's statewide network of youth-led community media projects. The new publication is geared toward an audience of California policy makers and community advocates on issues—from education reform and health care, to prison reform and environmental justice—that will continue to matter most to Californians in 2014.
"Calafia's goal is to bring young people and young people's perspectives into the public conversation about issues that impact not just their own lives, but all Californians," said Jacob Simas, Calafia's editor.
The cover story for the first issue—"What Our Schools Need: A Student's Eye View"—is a photo essay produced by young reporters, including high school students, from across the state, highlighting some of the major challenges facing our public schools.
Other stories explore the impact of prisoner reentry on children, the difficulties of growing up in a "food desert," what black parents in LA have to say about their children's education needs, what health care reform means to farm worker families, the role young men play in reducing violent crime, and much more.
Calafia is supported by grants from The California Endowment and the Stone Foundation. Youth reporting on education is also supported by the California Education Policy Fund (CEPF).
[PHOTO CAPTION] United Farm Workers (UFW) Co-Founder Dolores Huerta holds up a copy of Calafia, NAM's new publication.