Merced mental health community working to build awareness for youth services

Anxiety, depression and other mental health conditions appear on the rise among young people in Merced. Students are reporting more a widespread sense of hopelessness, according to school surveys, and the uptick is motivating health advocates to help families find the services they need. “They get very concerned, thinking like ‘when dad goes to work, […]

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Sacramento youth take control at community meeting about health

Witness a first-time ‘Youth Action Meeting’ where young adults are invited to critique the ways youth are more traditionally involved in community change and set forward ideas and goals for improving youth-adult collaboration. Focused on local health concerns, the event was convened by the Fruit Ridge Community Collaborative to promote youth involvement. “I definitely want […]

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Youth Radio podcast: Healthcare

Young people are thought of as the healthiest among us, and it can be easy to discount how essential quality healthcare can be for youth. A 20-year-old Bay Area woman and others describe how asthma impacts her life nearly every day, and how access to a doctor is literally a lifeline. “It’s like a disability […]

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Youth advocates look to boost civic engagement in communities of color

Communities of color have long been underrepresented in politics and civic programs. Several Southern California groups are working to understand why and empower people to get involved. “What we found is that our youth sometimes struggled understanding the root causes of issues they were experiencing within their community.” Read more at We’Ced.

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Merced’s Building Healthy Communities coalition celebrates and looks ahead

A redistricting project for more inclusive city elections. Boosted parent involvement in schools. Local rules giving protections to undocumented residents. These are some of the projects Merced County residents pushed for this year as part of a local Building Healthy Communities coalition. “We know that we’re going to continue doing what we need to.” Read […]

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Summer Youth Training Academy 2016

Fifteen youth participated in the “Summer Youth Training Academy” run by Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation and The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities initiative. Young people gained skills in storytelling, photography, radio, web design, informational technology, video, art, and improv and put those new talents to work. Learn more at the Redwood Voice.  

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New guidelines for kids eating sugar

Sugar sneaks its way into kids’ diets, and not just through candy and soda. It is also found in foods like corn dogs and cheeseburgers. The American Heart Association recently issued its first warning to families about the risks of diets high in sugar. “We all consume extra added sugar without realizing it.” Read the story at […]

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