California Statewide Youth Media Network

Reimagine Justice Merced: a Conversation with Common

On his “Hope and Redemption” tour, rapper and activist Common participated in various community events while in California, including performing in three prisons. We’Ced youth reporters Stephanie Gurtel and Victor … Continue reading

November 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

Advocating At The State Capital- Youth Power Summit 2018

One youth learns their voice is powerful, even when others are trying to muffle it. Read more at We’Ced

September 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

We’Ced Weighs in on Police Brutality in Merced

In recent years, activists have drawn attention to police brutality in cities across the country. We’Ced reporters spoke to nine teenagers who live in Merced about their reactions to and … Continue reading

August 1, 2018 · Leave a comment

Merced Supports #KeepingFamiliesTogether

On June 30th, Merced residents gathered as part of nationally-coordinated efforts to protest the Trump administration’s policy of separating immigrant families at the border. Visit We’Ced to see some of … Continue reading

July 23, 2018 · Leave a comment

Breaking Beauty Standards

With the body positivity movement, more people are speaking out about the toxic culture of body shaming. One of these vocal people is Merced’s Aaliyah Jensen, who writes about what … Continue reading

June 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

Merced Celebrates Lao New Year

After 30 years without a Lao New Year celebration, Merced brought back the celebration with the help of a group of tireless advocates and volunteers. And to Merced’s Lao brothers … Continue reading

May 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

When it Comes to Makeup, Color Matters

Merced’s Alliyah Jensen never struggled to find makeup that matched her skin because of her light pigmentation. But as she grew up, she started to realize how neglected dark skinned … Continue reading

April 3, 2018 · Leave a comment

We’Ced Reviews Snelling’s Ranch of Horrors

With Halloween just past, remnants of the spooky season have lasted into November. Merced’s Aaliyah Jensen and Cassandra Avitia dared to explore the Ranch of Horrors to see what it … Continue reading

November 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

For Merced Union, School Discipline is an Evolving Artform

A lot has changed in the Merced Union High School District since the days of corporal punishment. Although the nature of discipline is still changing, schools are moving towards more … Continue reading

October 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Our migrant story

With President Donald Trump’s recent announcement that he plans to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, a massive backlash from across the nation has risen to face … Continue reading

October 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

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