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Identity

My Body

Posted August 9, 2017 by We'Ced

A couple of weeks ago, Iris Vang, 17, a youth leader with Faith in Merced’s Leadership Academy, had the opportunity to attend the 2017 Sisterhood Rising Camp in Portola, Calif. Spending a week in nature connecting with her cultural and ancestral roots inspired her to write about her experience as a young Hmong-American woman. Her poem ‘My Body’ is full of vivid imagery and is an ode to her culture.

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Community

Merced’s youth, still hungry for investment

Posted August 8, 2017 by Hannah Esqueda

Above: Members of the Joven Noble youth group during a recent trip to University of California, Merced. The group was founded to help teach Merced youth to embrace and celebrate their cultural heritage. (Photo by Crystal Rivera) By Hannah Esqueda Author’s note: Three years ago We’Ced youth reporter Alyssa Castro dissected the issue of youth […]

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Community

Merced’s latest mural celebrates city’s cultural diversity

Posted July 28, 2017 by We'Ced

By Alexander Salas Photos by Crystal Rivera and Alyssa Castro   MERCED, Calif. — Last Saturday one of Merced’s local community youth groups, Faith in Merced (FIM), had a major event to showcase a mural they advocated for earlier this year. The unveiling event was located at Sam’s Cafe, whose exterior wall was recently transformed into […]

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Community

Profile in Community: Creating a Legacy of Change in Merced

Posted June 28, 2017 by Hannah Esqueda

Above: Alex Carrillo may be a recent transplant to Merced but he’s already leaving his mark on the city–making the most vulnerable communities feel seen and heard. (Photo provided by Alex Carrillo)   By Hannah Esqueda MERCED, Calif. — At a smooth 25 years old, community organizer and businessman Alex Carrillo is already looking to […]

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Family

Coming Out as Trans and Finding a Role Model in Myself

Posted June 15, 2017 by Hannah Esqueda

Above: Just like the beautiful sunset amidst a storm, Alice’s story is about finding beauty in the life you’re living no matter what. Photo by Alice Herrera.  By Alice Herrera I had sweaty palms and shaky hands as I walked into the room. I knew my whole life would change. I smiled and asked her […]

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