Empowering Communities

to create change in their communities and improve their physical and social environments


Greening Neighborhoods

with activities, such as mowing and planting gardens, to revitalize neighborhoods, and reduce crime and violence


Building Busy Streets

to provide safe spaces for residents to connect and communities to thrive

If we take care of abandoned, empty lots in our cities, clean them up and create space for positive social interaction, we can help create safer and busier streets.”Marc Zimmerman, MI-YVPC Director

YVPC in the News

Oct 05, 2018 - academicminute.org - 2
Marc Zimmerman, University of Michigan – Busy Streets Theory

Dr. Marc Zimmerman discusses Busy Streets Theory, community engagement, and CPTED.

Dr. Zimmerman’s research focuses on adolescent health and resiliency, and empowerment theory. His work on adolescent health examines how positive factors in adolescent’s lives help them overcome risks they face. His research includes analysis of adolescent resiliency for risks associated with alcohol and drug use, violent behavior, precocious sexual behavior, and school failure. He is also studying developmental transitions and longitudinal models of change. Dr. Zimmerman’s work on empowerment theory includes measurement and analysis of psychological and community empowerment. The research includes both longitudinal interview studies and community intervention research.

Sep 07, 2018 - sph.umich.edu - 4
Kids and Guns: Geography, Race, and Policy | News | UM School of Public Health

This is the third article of a 3-part series.

In May, Zimmerman and Carter presented “Kids and Guns: Prevention Strategies,” a community conversation in Dexter, Michigan, to help local residents understand the risks associated with youth exposure to firearms and strategies for mitigating those risks.

Sep 07, 2018 - sph.umich.edu - 1
Kids and Guns: Access to Firearms | News | UM School of Public Health

This is the second article of a 3-part series.

In May, Zimmerman and Carter presented “Kids and Guns: Prevention Strategies,” a community conversation in Dexter, Michigan, to help local residents understand the risks associated with youth exposure to firearms and strategies for mitigating those risks.

Sep 07, 2018 - sph.umich.edu - 2
Kids and Guns: Safety First | News | UM School of Public Health

This is the first article of a 3-part series.

In May, Zimmerman and Carter presented “Kids and Guns: Prevention Strategies,” a community conversation in Dexter, Michigan, to help local residents understand the risks associated with youth exposure to firearms and strategies for mitigating those risks.


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