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UC Merced to host conference on youth
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UC Merced researchers will look to bring their knowledge to bear in helping Merced County's youth through a Dec. 2 conference.

The “Building Healthy Youth in Merced County: Community Engagement and Scholarship” conference, organized by the campus' Chancellor's Task Force on Community Engaged Scholarship, will examine ways to close the achievement gap and improve youth development.

The event will highlight research and evidence-based programs which promote positive youth development. Presenters from UC campuses and nonprofits will speak on youth art programs, collaborations between school districts and community organizations, restorative justice, wilderness and academic programming, and 4-H engagement.

The conference will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 2 in the UC Merced California Room. The deadline to register is Nov. 28.

To register, visit


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