Get Involved with YALLWEST!

Find out how you can be a part of this year's festival.



We are looking for Los Angeles-area residents who are able to attend training sessions.
If you’d like to earn your blue T-shirt, please sign-up below.

Commitment includes at least one four hour festival shift and one hour training session. Benefits include: T-shirt, keynote tickets, food at fest, and getting to be a major part of this exciting event.

Name *
Phone *
Address *
Age *
Days Available *
Our greatest need for volunteers will be Saturday for the festival, but we will also need setup assistance on Thursday, May 3 and Friday May 4.
T-Shirt Size *
Unisex Sizing

Donate to the YALLWEST 2019

Our campaign to put books in the hands of kids - and to say the words that will get them to open them - could use your support! Now more than ever, it's our responsibility to get out there and change the story, maybe even the world.


YALLWEST is a non profit 501c3. 


Join the YALLWEST Teen Ambassador program!

Our Teen Ambassadors are involved in making all our festival decisions— from the authors we invite and the panels we host, to the food trucks we have and fan art and writing contests we run— all while eating lots of doughnuts and getting community service hours for school. 

You must be in Grades 6-12 to join. 

Sign up here!


We'd love to help your group attend YALLWEST.

If you're from a school, library, scout troop, book club, church or other nonprofit/service organization, you probably qualify for free group tickets. It never hurts to ask!


Name *
Please list the number of students and chaperones you anticipate attending.
Title I
and Board District if Applicable

YALLWEST offers sponsorship opportunities at the Presenting, Premiere, Laureate, and Literary Lion Level. Please use the form below and a festival representative will contact you with more information. You can find our official sponsor packet here.

Name *

YALLWEST maintains a selective exhibitor program. All vendors should meet to our mission of literacy outreach for young adult and middle grade readers. We will review all applications from our web form, and reply back as soon as possible. 

Download our exhibitor packet for more information. Please send any questions to to our festival producer, Shane Pangburn, Exhibitor deadline is March 29, 2019.

Name *
Type of Organization
Sprinkles Cupcake hour, available at the Laureate level.

Sprinkles Cupcake hour, available at the Laureate level.

YALLWEST Smackdown 2015, Sponsored by Hyperion Teens

YALLWEST Smackdown 2015, Sponsored by Hyperion Teens

Bestselling authors, Tahereh Mafi and Ransom Riggs, in front of the YALLWEST Step and Repeat, featuring all our sponsors.

Bestselling authors, Tahereh Mafi and Ransom Riggs, in front of the YALLWEST Step and Repeat, featuring all our sponsors.



Provide classroom libraries to teachers in underserved schools who go “above and beyond” to teach literacy and instill a lifelong love of reading in their students.


To be eligible for the Purple Ink Award applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a classroom teacher in grades 3-5 OR an English/Reading teacher in grades 6-12 with a classroom lending library.

  • 50% of the students must qualify for free or reduced lunch.

  • Must teach in a school in Los Angeles County.

  • The school principal or administrator must understand and fully support the project.

* The 2019 Purple Ink Award application period is open till April 23, 2019

In order to be considered, teachers must fill out the online application by April 23, 2019. The grant is awarded at YALLWEST, which takes place May 4, 2019. We encourage applications to be submitted as early as possible.

  • A completed online application (see below)

Following your online application, a YALLWEST representative will follow-up with you for the remaining items:


First Place Winner will receive $1,000 worth of books for their classroom library. The award will be presented at YALLWEST on the main stage, on Saturday, May 5, 2018. The winning teacher’s classroom will be invited to attend YALLWEST.

Second Place Winner will receive $400 worth of books for their classroom library.

Third Place Winner will receive $200 worth of books for their classroom library.

*Book lists will be fulfilled based on price and availability. Titles should be listed in order of priority. Use the form provided at and follow the directions included with the document.

Rules and Regulations

  • Students must be free to borrow books to take home, though an official lending system is not required.

  • Funds are for recreational reading material ONLY. Requesting textbooks and/or books that will be used as part of a formal reading curriculum (such as class sets) will result in immediate disqualification.

Name *
Phone *
School Information
If LAUSD, also list board district
School Address
School Address
Title I *
Administrator Name *
Administrator Name
A description of the ways you currently use novels to promote independent reading, instill a love of reading for pleasure, and/or improve the reading and literacy abilities of the students in your classroom. Include specific examples of how you plan to foster your students’ love of reading. You may complete this portion via email after initial submission.
I understand that YALLWEST Purple Ink Award Committee Members will be visiting my school. My signature indicates that I am granting permission for them to shoot video and/or take photos during the visit and use the video and/or photographs for editorial purposes, promotional purposes, and/or to publish summary information about the winning projects on the YALLWEST websites, publications and/or brochures. I understand the objective of the award and fully support the Purple Ink Award requirements.
Additional Information
After filling out this form, a YALLWEST representative will contact you for some additional information, including a book list (downloadable below), letters of recommendation, and further classroom reading description.