Connecting Youth to Opportunity in Merced, CA

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The Institute will soon complete a year-long capacity building and opportunity mapping initiative for Merced County, California, working with the California Endowment’s Building Health Communities HUB staff in the region. Through the course of the project, a series of meetings with stakeholders and community groups led to the identification of three areas of particular concern to the community (recreational opportunities, youth safety, and community and youth engagement and empowerment in the public space), for which we developed specific recommendations. This approach to customization of deliverables will be followed in other opportunity mapping and engagement projects, where appropriate.

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