• Elliot Shin, Merced youth, inspired by memories being carved for skateboard design

    August 7, 2018 /

    Youth leaders within our community are not often recognized, that is why I wanted to highlight Elliot Shin.     Here are some things you need to know about Elliot Shin: He is an 11-year-old student who goes to Weaver Middle School. Read More

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  •  When it comes to Makeup, Color Matters

    March 27, 2018 /

        As a hardcore makeup lover and a young woman with fair skin, finding makeup to suit my skin tone has been pretty easy. Makeup seems to be catered for girls who look like me.   Recently, while shopping for beauty products, I found myself examining the color selection for people of color (POC). Read More

  • Teenage Farmworker: What it’s like to work the fields as a youth

    September 20, 2017 /

    We wake up really early — 5 a.m. — which is hard for me since I’m used to sleeping in. I put on lots of layers — a long-sleeved sweater, a hat, boots, and a handkerchief. It gets hot, but we need to wear it all in order to protect ourselves from sunburn later in the day. We have to bring our own food and water. In the mornings, mom packs lunch for both us (usually sandwiches and beans) and then we head out together.

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  • Schools Not Prisons makes a powerful stop in Merced

    July 25, 2017 /

    Above: Nearly 300 residents turned out for the #SchoolsNotPrisons event in downtown Merced earlier this month. Families enjoyed food, music and important community discussion on ending the school-to-prison pipeline. (Photo by Kody Stoebig) By Maria Dominguez MERCED, Calif.– On July 8th, the Multi-Cultural Arts Center in downtown Merced saw around 300 people attend in support of the statewide “Schools Not Prisons” campaign. Read More

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  • As district nears LCAP vote, parents sound alarm on unaddressed language barriers

    June 23, 2017 /

    Above: Local parent Carla Gonzalez addressed the Merced City School District board of trustees during the June 13 public hearing on school funding. Language access and translation services were among the most frequent concerns presented to the board, which is scheduled to vote on the district’s 2017-2018 equity-funding plan June 27.   Read More

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  • This Father’s Day Remember: Actions Mean More Than Words

    June 16, 2017 /

    Left: Youth reporter Gabby Morales (second from the left) stands with both her parents and younger sister during a special occasion. While he may not always be around, Gabby says she knows her father is doing what he must to help her family.  Read More

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