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Five Reasons Why ‘13 Reasons Why’ Is Harmful to Young People

May 18, 2017 / By
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Above: Recently released on Netflix, “13 Reasons Why” has drawn criticism for its portrayal of mental health issues as they affect teens. 

‘Was it my fault?’ – Surviving Sexual Abuse

April 25, 2017 / By
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It’s important to remember that many young victims of sexual abuse do not report their abuse until many years later, or never at all. What connects survivors who report and those who don’t is the sense of shame and the blame they carry on their shoulders. They need to know that they are not alone, and it is not their fault.

Valley residents call for a ‘golden state for all’

February 16, 2017 / By
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Billed as “Equity on the Mall,” the advocacy event drew hundreds of residents and families of color from towns across the Valley who braved rain and stormy weather to assemble on the steps of the state capitol building. Organizers hoped to engage with legislators on issues affecting their communities and express support for several key pieces of legislation, including Senate Bill 54.

Amid Fears of Trump, Undocumented Students at UC Merced Find Courage to Speak Out

December 1, 2016 / By
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“I think a lot of people don’t really know what DACA is. People think [Trump] can’t really do anything about it, but they don’t really understand the difference between an executive order and the law,” she said. “He can literally just take that piece of paper and throw it in the trash and that will be it. It won’t mean anything anymore.” Fear of a Trump presidency is in fact prompting many to shy away from applying for the program or from renewing their paperwork out of fear their information will be used by the government to initiate deportation proceedings against them.

Building a Powerful Youth Council in Merced

May 23, 2016 / By
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The youth of Merced deserve and need opportunities to voice their opinions.

Staying Body Positive in Merced

May 11, 2016 / By
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Such behavior reinforces what we are bombarded with on streets and in stores everyday. Ads showing what both women and men “should aspire” to look like in order to be accepted and loved by others. These images of tall, thin, tan, women and chiseled men are photoshopped to false perfection and then shown to potential consumers who pay companies billions to try and look like what they see.