Merced

It Still Takes a Village: A Reflection on We’Ced’s 7th Publication Release

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Campaign Victories

On Friday, February 22, We’Ced Youth Media celebrated its seventh print publication in downtown Merced. Among those present was Joshua Semerjian, a PhD student from UC Merced who has been collaborating with We’Ced for the past year. Joshua and We’Ced have been building a strong mutually rewarding partnership to support the youth reporters in their personal and professional growth, and on the night of the publication party, Joshua had this to share

Yammilette G. Rodriguez Receives the 2019 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award

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Campaign Victories

On February 11th it was announced that Central Valley Senior Director of Programs Yammilette  Rodriguez was awarded the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award. These awards, “recognize and support individuals who are advancing innovative and effective solutions to significant state issues” and provide a $250,000 investment in the work.

Walking our Paths: We’Ced Releases its 7th Youth-Led Publication

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Campaign Victories

On Saturday, the Merced Sun-Star delivered copies of Walking our Paths to communities across the county. This is We’Ced Youth Media’s 7th such publication, featuring the stories of young people, but with a very special twist. The entire publication was produced by the young people themselves.

The Revolution Inside Me

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YLI is My Story

Cultura, Organizing, Resistance and Action (CORA), Merced’s first-ever youth leadership academy was held last month over the course of two weekends. A diverse group of 12 young people — including several system-impacted and foster youth — attended from schools in the towns of Merced and Atwater. The majority had never participated in this kind of … Continued

When We Rise Up As One, WE WIN: MErcedTOO Campaign Scores Major Policy Win Against Sexual Harassment

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Campaign Victories

Last Wednesday, the Merced Girls & Womyn of Color (GWoC) stood up against sexual harassment in their schools — and WON. The June 13th Merced Union High School District (MUHSD) Board meeting was filled to capacity. Students and other community members wore t-shirts and carried signs. Brave young leaders stood up before the Board, their … Continued

Begin at the Beginning: New Merced Office Gears up to Listen and Learn

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Our History

On Wednesday, February 28th, YLI will be expanding our offices for the first time in 14 years! This expansion celebrates the incredible work of YLI’s youth, communities, and staff over our 27 years to include youth voice in local decision-making.  The strength of our youth leadership programs in the San Francisco Bay Area and Fresno County have paved … Continued

Meet Janet and YLI Movers and Shakers in September eNews!

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YLI is My Story

[cmsms_row][cmsms_column data_width=”1/2″][cmsms_text animation_delay=”0″] When Janet Salcedo moved to Kerman, CA in eighth grade, she was shy. Neither of her parents had completed high school, back injuries limited their ability to perform work, and they sacrificed a lot to make sure Janet and her two siblings had access to education. The Central Valley became a home … Continued