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[We'Ced] Merced Residents Call for Increased Investment in Youth
Apr 28, 2014 |

[We'Ced] Merced Residents Call for Increased Investment in Youth

Nearly 90 people gathered at McNamara Park on April 17th to hear and support a clear message: the City of Merced needs to invest in youth. The official launch of the “Invest In Our Youth” campaign to augment funds for youth services in Merced’s city budget drew a crowd of local business owners, youth, organizers and residents. In front of the McNamara pool, re-opened two years ago because of the work of organizers and youth advocates, Kelly Turner of Youth I Can and Symple Equazions hosted the event by highlighting youth employment and recreational opportunities as vital to the future of Merced’s youth. Oscar Torres, owner of J&R Tacos, spoke at the event to show that local businesses are willing to support giving young people job opportunities. “Youth employment is more than creating jobs, it’s about creating hope,” said Torres. Oscar also mentioned his young daughter as an inspiration, noting that she will be growing up in Merced.
[Boyle Heights Beat] Science inspires Bravo High School students in USC contest
Apr 28, 2014 |

[Boyle Heights Beat] Science inspires Bravo High School students in USC contest

Three students from Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School, one of the USC Family of Schools, won the “Science Inspires Me” poster contest. The USC Science Technology and Research (STAR) program, which impacts more than 2,000 students each year, is an education venture among USC, the Biomimetic MicroElectronic Systems Engineering Research Center, Bravo High, El Sereno Middle School and Murchison Elementary School. “It was a clean sweep,” said Bravo High principal Maria Torres-Flores. “It was not at all a surprise that the students are also STAR program participants — a true testament to the importance of excelled science, technology and medical programs in our schools.” Bravo High, an institution in the Los Angeles Unified School District, serves students who plan to major in health care. The “Science Inspires Me” contest is designed to promote excellence, connecting USC faculty and researchers on the University Park and Health Sciences campuses.
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