Youth Led Candidate Forum a First for Merced

Nov. 1, 2013 / By

Photos: Marci Lopez for The kNOw Youth Media

Photos: Marci Lopez for The kNOw Youth Media

by We’Ced Youth Media 

Nearly 100 people gathered at Tenaya Middle School on the evening of October 22nd for a city council candidate forum.  The youth-led forum, which was hosted by local organizations We’Ced Youth Media and Building Healthy Communities (BHC) Merced, was the first of its kind in this city.

Nine of the ten city council candidates slated to appear on the November 5th ballot, with the exception of Chris Ramirez, were on hand to answer questions posed by a panel of youth moderators, on issues of importance to young community members.

Planning for the forum took place over two months, and consisted of young people and adult allies conducting a survey to help inform the questions that were to be asked at the event. Nearly 500 young people responded to the five-question survey, the purpose of which was to get a sense of what the most important issues facing young people are in Merced, and how they relate to city government. The survey found that youth in Merced feel disconnected to their local government, and see youth jobs and “finding things to do” in Merced as the two most pressing local issues affecting them.

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WeCed Youth Media

Merced and its surrounding areas have always had a vibrant population of young people. Unfortunately, too often there is a disconnect between generations that can lead to misunderstandings and a lack of communication. WeCed's aim through its program and publication is to highlight and empower youth to tell their stories and that of their communities, while providing them with the guidance and skill-building necessary to foster the development of their strongest possible voice.