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[We'Ced] Youth Reflect After Forum On Police Relations in South Merced
Jan 27, 2015 |

[We'Ced] Youth Reflect After Forum On Police Relations in South Merced

On Saturday January 10, more than two dozen young people gathered at the newly opened McNamara Youth Center in South Merced to participate in a conversation on the relationship between law enforcement and youth. Organized by community organizations Youth-I-Can and MOJO, the event featured Merced NAACP President and current Sheriff Darryl Davis as a speaker. Davis shared his personal journey as a law enforcement officer as well as practical tips to help youth stay safe while dealing with law enforcement. We’Ced youth reporters spoke with youth attendees to hear more about the experiences between youth and law enforcement in Merced and the insights gained from Saturday’s dialogue.
[Voicewaves] Stereotypes of Asian Men On TV is No Joking Matter
Jan 27, 2015 |

[Voicewaves] Stereotypes of Asian Men On TV is No Joking Matter

Thirteen-year-old Matthew Duarte, a Filipino American eighth-grader at Lindbergh STEM Academy in Long Beach, notices that there aren’t too many faces that look like him on TV. “The other shows sometimes have Asian people and they are nerds, and I am not a nerd,” Duarte said. “It sucks, but it does not bother me that much because The Walking Dead has Glenn.” Duarte’s sentiments echo many Asian American youth, who grow up seeing mostly stereotypical representations of themselves in media. From 2000 to 2010 the Asian American community in the U.S. grew almost 10 percent, according to the Census. In Long Beach, where there are high numbers of Cambodian and Filipino American youth, young Asian American men can feel lost and confused when they don’t fit the mold of the Asian stereotype of nerd or martial artist.
[Youth Radio] Triggered: Objects Mistaken for Guns
Jan 27, 2015 |

[Youth Radio] Triggered: Objects Mistaken for Guns

In 2007, 18-year-old Khiel Coppin was fatally shot in Brooklyn when police officers opened fire on the teen after responding to his mother’s 911 call for help. Earlier that day, Coppin's mother had reportedly sought help for her son from a psychiatric hospital. The police officers thought he was holding a gun, according to authorities, who say that on the 911 call and on the scene, Coppin claimed to have one. The object turned out to be a hairbrush
[South Kern Sol] Children of the Drought
Jan 16, 2015 |

[South Kern Sol] Children of the Drought

Last summer we sent young reporters from New America Media’s youth-led community projects out on assignment to capture, in photographs, how the drought has affected their Central Valley communities. The photos they sent back were striking in a most unexpected way: they didn’t include any people. So we sent them out again, this time with the suggestion that they include people in their pictures. Yet even as those pictures rolled in, we came to see a deeper meaning in what young people were capturing with their lenses.
[The Know Youth Media] After jouvenille hall, youth want a new start
Jan 16, 2015 |

[The Know Youth Media] After jouvenille hall, youth want a new start

Across the country today, there are more than 61,000 young people who eat, sleep and go to school in juvenile detention facilities; and a look at the data on those young people makes it safe to say that life becomes a lot harder for them once they enter the system. The recidivism rate — the percentage of those who return to the system after being released — for the juvenile population nationally is close to 70 percent, roughly the same as the adult prisoner population. What’s more, the chances that a young person will achieve academically go down dramatically once a young person comes into contact with the juvenile justice system: young people age 16 and under who are arrested and detained are 26 percent less likely to finish high school by the time they turn 19
[We'Ced] Video: #FeelBetter: How hardcore music helps me deal with depression
Jan 14, 2015 |

[We'Ced] Video: #FeelBetter: How hardcore music helps me deal with depression

obert Cervantez, 19, says he’s been dealing with feelings of depression since middle school. After Robert began resorting to self-harm as a coping mechanism, his family tried conventional therapy but it didn’t seem to help. Ultimately, it was a particular brand of music and the community around it that provided a much needed cathartic outlet for Robert. #FeelBetter is a social media-driven storytelling campaign about depression in young people, with the idea that sharing stories about not only depression, but also access to treatment, could begin to break through the stigma that keeps so many young people suffering in silence – and also encourage health coverage enrollment among youth.
[We’Ced Youth Media] Youth reflects after forum on police relations in South Merced
Jan 14, 2015 |

[We’Ced Youth Media] Youth reflects after forum on police relations in South Merced

On Saturday January 10, more than two dozen young people gathered at the newly opened McNamara Youth Center in South Merced to participate in a conversation on the relationship between law enforcement and youth. Organized by community organizations Youth-I-Can and MOJO, the event featured Merced NAACP President and current Sheriff Darryl Davis as a speaker.
[Boyle Heights Beat]Boyle Heights shelter opens to accommodate homeless women
Jan 09, 2015 |

[Boyle Heights Beat]Boyle Heights shelter opens to accommodate homeless women

After 26 years of providing shelter to homeless men in Boyle Heights, the non-profit Proyecto Pastoral has now opened its doors to women. The Women’s Shelter will provide beds for up to 15 women for periods of 30 to 90 days and offer them English classes, work force training, food and lockers. The goal of the center is to prepare women to be self-sufficient and help them transition into permanent housing.
[Voicewaves]For Many Mexican Immigrants, Holidays Are the Hardest Part of the Year
Dec 23, 2014 |

[Voicewaves]For Many Mexican Immigrants, Holidays Are the Hardest Part of the Year

It is that time of year. Many gather their family to share presents and food and build new memories. But for many immigrants, the holidays aren’t so bright and happy. When family members are across the border and there’s no way of seeing each other, this time of the year can be a low point. “I feel depressed at this time of year. I have the need to see my family, but I can’t because I don’t have papers,” said Long Beach resident Leticia Salazar*.

 Salazar came to the U.S. about 17 years ago, leaving behind her parents and four siblings in Mexico City. It was the last time she has seen some of them in person.
[Voicewaves] Youth Football Coaches Tackle Violence Issue Head On
Dec 16, 2014 |

[Voicewaves] Youth Football Coaches Tackle Violence Issue Head On

The latest accusation of domestic abuse perpetrated by a professional athlete surfaced last month, when a doctor reported that NBA player Dwight Howard used “excessive force” while physically disciplining his 6-year old son. It was the fifth major story to come out this year about a pro athlete allegedly abusing someone close to them. National Football League players Adrian Peterson, Ray Rice and Greg Hardy, and MMA fighter Jonathan Koppenhaver, have all been in the spotlight, igniting conversations across the nation about whether high-contact sports cultivate a culture of violence. In Long Beach, a town with a long history of sending prep athletes on to pro stardom, some local football coaches are choosing to address the violence issue directly; chipping away at what they describe as a culture of aggression in the sport. And they are starting young. - See more at: http://voicewaves.org/2014/12/youth-football-coaches-tackle-violence-issue-head-on/#sthash.6f9EJgG1.dpuf
[Coachella Unincorporated] Police Relations — Not Just a Black, Urban Issue
Dec 16, 2014 |

[Coachella Unincorporated] Police Relations — Not Just a Black, Urban Issue

When President Obama proposed his $263-million spending package to expand the use of body cameras on officers and other efforts to improve community-police relations last Monday, he noted that “simmering distrust” of law enforcement is not unique to Ferguson, but present in communities of color across the nation. Yet on the whole, discussions of police misconduct in mainstream and social media outlets have reduced it to a black and white, and decidedly urban issue – African Americans on one side, white officers on the other. New America Media asked youth reporters in rural, and predominantly Latino, areas of California to survey people in their community about how they perceive local law enforcement.
[Richmond Pulse] A School Lunch I’d Gladly Eat
Dec 04, 2014 |

[Richmond Pulse] A School Lunch I’d Gladly Eat

When I was in high school in Oakland, I never really questioned the cafeteria menu, I just knew that I wasn’t eating it because it didn’t look appealing and I had other options. For years school lunch was considered nasty and inedible by me and my peers. Many of us would grab a bag of chips from the vending machine and skip the lunch line entirely. It wasn’t until recently, that I saw school lunch in a different way. Along with members of the Richmond Food Policy Council, I took a trip to Pittsburg High School to see the school’s nutritional program. We we’re given a tour around the campus by Matt Belasco, the director of child nutrition services for Pittsburg Unified School District. He explained how and why the school had been remodeled, with child nutrition as part of the design. In fact, six out of 13 schools in Pittsburg were remodeled with a garden facility on campus, including Pittsburg High. Belasco said that child nutrition is his main objective now at the high school.
[Voicewaves] Youth Breaking The Silence On Depression
Dec 04, 2014 |

[Voicewaves] Youth Breaking The Silence On Depression

About 11 percent of adolescents have a depressive disorder by age 18 according to the National Institute of Mental Health. On Sat., Nov., 15 600 local residents attended the WE Connect Healthcare Fair in Long Beach. VoiceWaves interviewed several young people at the event regarding their own experiences with depression.
RISE UP Conference: Lifting Up Struggles, Confronting Injustice
Dec 01, 2014 |

RISE UP Conference: Lifting Up Struggles, Confronting Injustice

I hold the spirit of my community and friends of Stockton in my heart as I experience the privilege of attending Fusion's Rise Up conference. Our faces and colors are lacking but the content of what is being said is the story of our struggles. "There are more black males incarcerated today than there were slaves during slavery." Senator Cory Booker started the day the right way. I believe we cannot talk about global social injustices and movements before confronting and talking about the greatest injustice in our country... mass incarceration. I'm glad the criminal in-justice system was challenged by the first speaker. The first panel consisted of activists from Mexico, Sierra Leone, Taiwan and Venezuela. They shared their experiences in social revolutions in their home countries. Gisela Perez de Acha inspired me as she spoke of the realities of resistance in Mexico and staying true to one's identity. Sofia Campos... undocumented, unafraid and unapologetic. I felt connected to her as she spoke with fire and passion and truly represented our gente's struggle. I believe immigrant families and incarcerated families must stand in solidarity to end the separation of families, the intimidation by law enforcement and social exclusion. I appreciate these speakers for speaking their truth to a group that needs to hear it in order for them to be effective. Thank you to The California Endowment for this opportunity, I am truly grateful!
RISE UP Conference: Inspiring Young Leaders to Build Power
Dec 01, 2014 |

RISE UP Conference: Inspiring Young Leaders to Build Power

My name is Daniel Jimenez. I have always had passion for the world of media and journalism. I remember when I was a kid, I use to play that I was a reporter covering breaking news all over the world. The funny thing is that I never saw myself as a writer, in fact, I didn’t even like to write papers for my classes in high school or college. Everything changed when I was introduced to South Kern Sol (SKS). A position as a writer opened and I took it. At the beginning, I started writing in Spanish, my first language, but then I started making the transition into English. SKS is a branch of New America Media, the country's first and largest national collaboration and advocate of 3,000 ethnic news organizations. With SKS, we aim to bring light and truth about the issues that are important to the community of Southern Kern County. I have been part of this organization for approximately a year now and I have written many articles about different topics such as: health, animal welfare, immigration, cultural events, and education. I really enjoy working as a writer for many reasons. I have been able to inform my community and meet extraordinary individuals. SKS has also opened many doors for me; the most recent one was been able to go to Washington DC to RISE UP, a conference hosted by Fusion Networks. When I was asked if I wanted to go to this conference, I didn’t have to think twice about
[Boyle Heights Beat] Planting seeds of change in East Los Angeles
Nov 25, 2014 |

[Boyle Heights Beat] Planting seeds of change in East Los Angeles

Alfonso Aceves’ family has been living in East Los Angeles since 1950. Although he said much has improved in the once-violent area, one thing hasn’t. “Walking into the local supermarket, the first thing you see is a table with all these sweet pastries, all kinds of breads and sweets,” Aceves said, describing his local Food For Less in East L.A. “And then wine racks and finally old fruits and vegetables.”
[Boyle Heights Beat]Survey: How could Obama’s immigration reform impact you, your family or your friends?
Nov 24, 2014 |

[Boyle Heights Beat]Survey: How could Obama’s immigration reform impact you, your family or your friends?

President Obama announced Thursday executive actions that could remove the threat of deportation and grant work permits to millions of undocumented immigrants. This move would be similar to the 2012 action the president took which authorized young people who came to the United States as children to remain legally in the country.
[Boyle Heights Beat] Youth kick off campaign aimed at bringing city resources to Boyle Heights
Nov 21, 2014 |

[Boyle Heights Beat] Youth kick off campaign aimed at bringing city resources to Boyle Heights

(The event kicked off the Boyle Heights for Youth Campaign, an initiative of Building Healthy Communities- Boyle Heights, which aims to get youth leaders involved in key decisions that affect them and their neighborhoods.) Close to 200 Boyle Heights youth gathered at Felicitas and Gonzalo Mendez High School last week to discuss how to create effective development programs that meet the needs of young people today.
[VoiceWaves] One Long Beach Dreamer’s Success Story
Nov 21, 2014 |

[VoiceWaves] One Long Beach Dreamer’s Success Story

When police cars and a hovering helicopter surrounded college student Ana Roman after a car accident she was not at fault for, a wave of fear and frustration filled her heart and mind. At that time, she had a lot to lose. She was undocumented and had nothing but a Mexican identification card in hand. “I was 19, by myself,” said Roman, who ended up getting her car impounded after the accident because of her status. “I wasn’t a criminal. I was just trying to get home from work.” Roman is one of the 587,000 unauthorized immigrant youth who met the criteria for the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and received DACA status. That number is only 55 percent of the 1.2 million youth eligible.
[We'Ced] Merced Youth, Community Responds to Election Results
Nov 18, 2014 |

[We'Ced] Merced Youth, Community Responds to Election Results

Last week’s midterm elections results are being felt across the country. Nationally, Republicans gained the majority, in California, voters took a bold step towards prison reform by passing Proposition 47 and locally, the ballots decided that the City of Merced will now use a by-district electoral system. We’Ced youth went into their communities to gather reactions on the election results, from skepticism around the election of our County Sheriff to disappointment at Jim Costa’s defeat and excitement at the prospect of putting
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