Partners getting onto one of the Detroit Bus Company's buses to tour vacant land reuse options in Detroit. (1200x600)

Partners From 3 Cities Share Best Practices for Greening and Look Ahead

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Written by Emily Torres and Laney Rupp, MPH. As MI-YVPC’s core project enters its final year in this grant cycle, our partners gathered in Michigan to share, learn, and discuss next steps.  The three-day Learning Exchange included time in Flint, Ann Arbor, and Detroit for presentations, tours, brainstorming sessions, and networking. The overall goals of the Learning Exchange were to …

Busy Streets Theory in Action: Building Safe and Empowered Neighborhoods in Flint’s University Avenue Corridor

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In a recently published article, Laney Rupp, a researcher with MI-YVPC, explored the development of “busy streets” in Flint, MI. We sat down with her and asked about the underlying theory and her conclusions. Can you describe what busy streets theory is? Why does it matter for preventing crime and violence? Many people are familiar with broken windows theory, which …

MI-YVPC/CCP National Survey Wrap-Up

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We want to thank everyone who participated in the MI-YVPC/CCP National Survey to document the value and impact of vacant property care across the U.S. The survey has now closed. We are happy to report that we received responses from land banks, government agencies, and non-profits across 27 states, Washington D.C, and Puerto Rico. States pictures in lighter green had …

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Register for the YES 2019 training program

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Join us for a 2-day hands-on training for the YES program at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor campus. This interactive training will be led by UM faculty and staff and will teach practitioners how to implement the YES Curriculum in their communities. Topics include the theory of YES, implementation, evaluation, and adaptation for your community. Registration fees include the …

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U of M partners to improve school safety in Genesee County, MI

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In response to multiple school shootings in the U.S., the Department of Justice created the Comprehensive School Safety Initiative (CSSI) to study promising programs that may improve school climate and safety. Since 2014, over $240 million has been awarded to research school-based safety programs around the U.S. In 2015, the University of Michigan School of Public Health, Michigan State University …

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U of M partners with Sandy Hook Promise Foundation and schools to evaluate violence prevention programs

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Originally posted on our sister center’s website, Prevention Research Center of Michigan (PRC-MI) Today marks 6 years since the school shooting that occured at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. Since then, family members whose loved ones were killed that day have been working through advocacy and education to prevent these school violence incidents from ever happening again, …

A map of the MI-YVPC core project cities for 2015-2020. Flint, MI, Youngstown, OH, and Camden, NJ.

Community Engagement & Revitalization project finishes data collection and moves on to next phase

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Community Engagement and Revitalization, the core project of MI-YVPC, studies the effects of vacant property improvements on violence, property crimes and intentional injuries. We are assessing whether involving community youth and adults in greening reduces violence to a greater degree than either professional greening or no maintenance. This work builds upon programs developed by the Genesee County Land Bank in Flint, Michigan …

Flint residents work in a community garden, part of the Clean and Green Program developed by the Genesee County Land Bank Authority in the City of Flint. Image courtesy: Genesee County Land Bank Authority

Community greening efforts help reduce violent crime

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Originally posted at Michigan News (University of Michigan). Image courtesy of the Genesee County Land Bank Authority. ANN ARBOR—Efforts to beautify vacant lots in the city of Flint have made neighborhoods more appealing but have also reduced assaults and violent crime by 40 percent, according to a new study by University of Michigan. The study, which builds on other research …

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Thanks to our 2018 Summer Interns!

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Our center had an amazing group of interns join us this summer. Their wide-ranging experiences and skills were invaluable in moving our projects forward. Our interns included undergraduate and master’s students from across the university and they worked on a variety of projects including Community Engagement & Revitalization (YVPC’s core project), Core SVIPP, Sandy Hook Promise Miami, Badges for Baseball …