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We’Ced Weighs In: Celebrating Mom

Posted May 12, 2017 by Hannah Esqueda

(Photo courtesy of Aaliyah Lannerd) By We’Ced Youth Media We’Ced asked our youth reporters, coworkers, friends and family members about the special role maternal figures play in their lives. What we found is that no matter if you look like her, came from her or currently live with her, we all have a powerful connection with […]

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Merced mental health community working to build awareness for youth services

Posted May 11, 2017 by Hannah Esqueda

This recent spike builds upon an older trend of Merced’s youth reporting higher-than-average rates of depression or hopelessness. According to 2011-2013 data from online research tool Kidsdata, minority teens in Merced County report feelings of depression at higher rates than statewide peer groups. The numbers are based on responses from 7th, 9th and 11th grade students who reported feeling sad or hopeless almost every day for two weeks or more.

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Third annual Cesar Chavez Event Highlights Tradition of Community Organizing in Merced

Posted April 7, 2017 by Hannah Esqueda

Dozens of families, activists and young people came out to participate in Merced’s third annual Cesar Chavez march; walking down the city’s Martin Luther King Boulevard while holding signs displaying their support for undocumented rights and the continued protection of farm workers.

“We’re very happy with the event,” said Jesse Ornelas, community organizer and member of the local chapter of the Brown Berets. “We got the community to come out and talk about issues that were relevant to South Merced and the farmworker community in general in this area.”

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Safety in Merced is Not Just a Police Issue

Posted April 5, 2017 by We'Ced

There are many stories of people who are afraid to go outside in the daytime, of youth who are mistaken for gang members and attacked. This is what our city has come to, and it’s been this way for as long as I can remember.

In order to change this, we need real investment from the city. Light posts need to be added in neighborhoods that are without them, parks need to be maintained, and pedestrians need sidewalks. These are the most basic elements that allow residents to feel safe in their neighborhoods. Without them, how can anyone feel safe?

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Corrupted Adolescence

Posted April 3, 2017 by We'Ced

The kids of this new neighborhood only cared about his street credibility: where he was from and what drugs he took. Teachers only cared about his prior education and how his grades were above average. This boy will refuse to make friends and keep to himself, focusing strictly on education. Until mom’s too busy working to notice his 3.0 grade point average or achievements. The boy then realizes he has no achievements, or friends. His grades don’t bring that release of dopamine anymore. His teenage mind is his worst enemy.

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