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About Us

Shaping today's youth for tomorrow's success through love, laughter and learning. 

We use the creative power of the arts, education and strength-based collaboration to build a stronger community and inspire future generations.


Our Story

Merced Youth Connect is a local, non-profit organization committed to serving families in Merced. Our organization was founded in late 2016 but a small but passionate team working to bridge the gap between youth in Merced

and local service providers. know.


So yes, we spent years growing an organization focused on connecting people right before an exploding global pandemic. We did not see that coming.

So what did we do?

That's right. We pivoted so much our CFO might be a certified square dance caller.


We also stayed at home and cherished our families.


We're back. We're ready. We're working.

And we are SO excited to continue the journey.

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