Our love is not so different

Merced recently joined San Francisco, New York, and others on the growing list of cities hosting Pride Week to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community. Student activist Layla Ornelas shares her poetry about how far LGBTQ+ rights have come, and how far they still need to go. “Our pride will never waiver. Our fight will never fade.” […]

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My life-changing experience in D.C.

Merced youth Maria Dominguez thought the National Monuments would be the best part about traveling to Washington, D.C. for a Latino leadership conference.  Dominguez reflects on how people she met had a far more profound impact on her outlook and perhaps her life. “I learned that there many young people out there fighting for our […]

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#SchoolsNotPrisons comes to Merced

We’Ced Youth Media, together with The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities initiative, hosted an arts event in Merced centered on the #SchoolsNotPrisons campaign to reform California’s juvenile justice system. The event included discussions and letter-writing and art created by young people, all driving conversations about social justice. Read more at We’Ced.

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Five reasons why ’13 Reasons Why’ is harmful to young people

Critics of the controversial Netflix show ’13 Reasons Why’ say it glamorizes suicide, a leading cause of death among teenagers. Concerned about the show’s potential to lead to copycat suicides as well as the way it showcases revenge and power, a young writer and mental health advocate explains why the show’s narratives are troubling. “Power […]

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