• A new home called frostbite

    January 7, 2019 /

      According to the Merced City and County Continuum of Care, the City of Merced homeless count dropped very slightly from 318 to 310 in 2018, though the number of displaced people in Merced County rose from 454 to 514.       Your words from the sickness That’s been infecting your mind And swelling your feet Stuck in my head tonight   As I drove out of the parking lot I saw you Clutching the rag That gave you some warmth We made eye contact And my empathy Signaled I needed to break the boundaries Broadcasting our society   So I parked again And walked up to the front I gave you a blanket And watched The fear in your eyes Escape   As the tears welled up Sanity hit through Only for second But then your words clouded And your ranting started to spew   Bipolar and Schizophrenia You shouted out addresses Of loved ones Who left you Alone with your demons You scratched at your clothes Infested with dirt And clung to your body Soaked in heroin All drugs you thought could mask the relentless pain In your head   You said They wanted to put you In an institution But even your unawareness Couldn’t give you the benefit For the cold Was blowing your feet And socks weren’t coming   I only have These cheese sticks I bought in a hurry For my lunches I’m sure your empty stomach Would appreciate it As you were yelling It would give you some strength   But cheese sticks Can’t fix the swirls in your head I wish I could pull out Those memories of the streets Instead   People in your position Remind me of my luck That I have a home With a warm fresh coat And no fear of being struck   I have no fright Of extreme poverty On a cold December night Outside of a Target parking lot I have no fright of bare feet and a decayed young mind Read More

    community  growing up in Merced  homelessness  mental health  merced county homeless count  substance abuse  
  • Reimagine Justice Merced: A Conversation with Common

    October 24, 2018 /

    We'Ced Youth Media reporters Stephanie Gurtel and Victor Seguin sat down with Common during his stop in Merced, Calif. on his 'Hope and Redemption Tour.'

    #SchoolsnotPrisons  #schoolsnotprisonsmerced  BHC Merced  common  mass incarceration  reimagine justice  restorative justice  the california endowment  
  • Advocating at the State Capital – Youth Power Summit 2018

    August 17, 2018 /

    Reporter Stephanie Gurtel shares a photo essay from her time at the 2018 Youth Power Summit in Davis and Sacramento, Calif.

    california  california youth  community  davis  education  Free Our Dreams  policy  sacramento  spotlight  state capitol  youth advocacy  youth power summit  youth voices  
  • 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

    BHC Merced  building healthy communities  central valley  community  family  south merced  the california endowment  youth  
  • We ‘Ced weighs in on police brutality in Merced

    July 16, 2018 /

    The We'Ced Youth Media cohort weighs in on police brutality in Merced, especially with an ongoing case of police brutality in the community.

    merced  north merced  police brutality  
  • Merced supports #KeepingFamiliesTogether

    July 11, 2018 /

    Reporter Aaliyah Jensen photographed Merced's participation in the nationwide #KeepFamiliesTogether action.

    BHC Merced  downtown merced  immigration  incarceration  march  merced  north merced  spotlight