YALA Fellows

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Although our initiatives focus on Asian-American issues, our mission as an organization by youth, for youth, is to cultivate the next generation of active community leaders through identity empowerment, leadership development, and intersectional allyship.

This year, we’re opening an application for our inaugural class of YALA Fellows, a cohort of high school and/or undergraduate students who are passionate about social justice and youth civic engagement. Fellows seek to develop and apply an understanding of their own respective Asian-American identities to impact their local and national communities. Selected youth will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience in grassroots activism, youth organization, and social innovation.

YALA is a national-based organization, so Asian-Americans from anywhere in the United States are invited to apply! Asia is a large and diverse continent, and Asian-Americans are not simply those with ethnic backgrounds from East and South Asian countries. Applicants with ethnic backgrounds from Southwest and Southeast Asian countries are of course welcome in YALA!

Please note that no previous experience in the five concentrations for which we are currently seeking Fellows is necessary. We are seeking Fellows who are eager to learn, will put forth their best efforts to further YALA’s mission, and possess the following qualities:

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills
  • Demonstrated passion for social activism
  • Ability to commit to four hours of work per week
  • Creative problem-solving skills and adaptability
  • Professionalism
  • Ability to think critically and independently

Fellowship Concentrations

Public Relations

  • Use Hootsuite (or similar platform) to curate regular stream of YALA content across social media channels
  • Craft statements on YALA positions on current events
  • Expand YALA’s reach through social media analysis (i.e. hashtags, target audience, trends, campaigns, etc.)

Staff Relations

  • Track YALA staff productivity and engagement
  • Create monthly newsletters to update YALA staff on organizational developments
  • Handle logistics of recruitment (organizing applications, scheduling interviews)
  • Scout possible YALA members from diverse communities

Graphic Design

  • Design informational materials for distribution on YALA channels
  • Develop YALA aesthetic theme for continuity of distribution materials

Political Engagement

  • Write informational and analytical pieces for YALA’s political newsletter, Stay Woke
  • Research people of color running for public office
  • Organize opportunities for youth civic engagement
  • Collaborate with political engagement director


  • Research microgrants and funding applicable to YALA
  • Write grant proposals
  • Contact potential donor individuals and organizations
  • Assist operations director in applying for 501(c)3 status

The YALA Fellows program will run from April 15 to December 15, and, upon successful completion of the program, the Fellows will be offered an official position on the YALA team.

To fill out the brief application, please visit bit.ly/yalafellows.

Strong candidates identified from the initial application review will be selected for a 30-minute Skype interview with one or more members of YALA’s board of directors.

If you are interested in joining YALA in a different capacity, we will also be recruiting content producers and editors. Stay tuned for more information soon!

Please contact us at hello@yalamerica.org with any questions, comments, or concerns. We can’t wait to get to know you!