Our Youth, Our Community, Our Future!
Your neighborhood shouldn’t determine how long you’ll live, but in most cases it does. Because where we live, affects how we live. In a healthy neighborhood, children ride bikes and play together in accessible parks. Young people have opportunities to grow and learn. Parents buy healthy affordable food and have access to resources that they need in their communities, are safe and is a place where our youth can learn and thrive.
BHC Merced’s Neighborhoods Action Team (NAT):
The Building Healthy Communities Merced Neighborhoods Action Team aims to change the public conversation regarding health by focusing on its future, its youth. Merced County has one of the highest levels of disconnected youth in the state. With almost 14 percent of Merced’s youth between the ages of 16 to 24 neither working nor in school; The Neighborhoods Action Team is advocating for full commitment among public officials and our local government to prioritize full involvement of young people in their decision-making process and institutionalize funding services for youth opportunities, development, and leadership programs.
Simply put it, the focus is #InvestInYouth; It is about increasing youth voice and inclusion of ALL youth in civic decision-making processes and local bodies that impact their health, and our future.
Neighborhoods Action Team Members
Marisol Aguilar - California Rural Legal Assistance
Rachelle Abril - Distinguished Outreach Services, MOJO
Luis Castillo - California Rural Legal Assistance
Hector Ramirez- Communities for a New California
Alejandro Carrillo - Communities for a New California
Andres Reyes - We'Ced Youth Media
Sol Rivas - Parent Leadership Training Institute, MCOE
Stacie Bradford (Lead) - Action Team Facilitator
Kelly Turner - Symple Equazion
Marilyn Mochel - Health Equity Project
Michelle Xiong - Building Healthy Communities Merced