New study examines implementation of YES program in real-world settings

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Translating evidence-based programs from controlled settings into real-world community settings is challenging. Inevitably, life gets in the way, and programs are not implemented as they were originally designed or intended. Measuring implementation factors can help guide future implementation and improve program outcomes. A new study, published in the journal, Health Promotion Practice, presents methods to document and assess implementation of the …

Study results show that YES program empowers youth to improve their community and avoid trouble

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The results of our 5-year study evaluating the effects of the YES program are in! Participation in the YES curriculum improved youth’s psychological empowerment. This, in turn, was associated with increased prosocial outcomes. Prosocial outcomes included: readiness to help others, academic effort, and responsible decision making, and less aggressive and delinquent behavior. The YES curriculum is designed to help youth …

Experts develop public health action agenda around firearm injury

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Firearm deaths, including homicides, suicides and unintentional shootings have been prevalent in the United States since the turn of the 20th century.  Data suggest that firearm deaths now stand to surpass motor vehicle fatalities. Although there is a much debate in the country about the ways to address these issues, there is little research available to help inform policy and …

YES Releases Second Edition of Curriculum

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We are excited to announce the release the 2nd Edition of the Youth Empowerment Solutions Curriculum,  Adaptation Guide, and Evaluation Guide. The new editions are freely available for download. The new edition of the curriculum includes: Updated sessions to reflect today’s technology and youth.  For example, the Photovoice activity (Unit 2) has been adapted for smartphone and digital cameras. Core Components clearly …

New study examines links between life satisfaction and school violence

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A new study led by our colleague, Jorge Varela at the Universidad del Desarollo in Santiago, Chile, examined the relationship between school violence and life satisfaction among youth, specifically looking at the role that school satisfaction may also play in that relationship. The researchers analyzed data from a sample of 802 seventh graders from three different cities in Chile. They found that being a victim …

Wayne State researchers adapt YES program to address healthy relationships

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We are excited to announce that Youth Empowerment Solutions, which was developed and tested in Flint, MI to empower youth to make changes in their community to address violence,  is now being adapted to address teen dating violence and is being implemented in middle schools in Wayne County, MI. Dr. Poco Kernsmith and Dr. Joanne Smith-Darden from the Wayne State …

New CDC Technical Report Features YVPC Research and Strategies

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This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a comprehensive technical package describing strategies for the prevention of youth violence. The sixty-four-page document explains the significance and prevalence of youth violence in the U.S. as well as its relevance to public health, and integrates the current research and best practices into a comprehensive compilation of sustainable strategies …

Blight removal is a cost beneficial solution to firearm violence

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A recent study by our colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania determined that blight remediation of abandoned buildings and vacant lots can be a cost-beneficial solution to firearm violence in US cities. The study was published this week in the American Journal of Public Health. The research team, led by Dr. Charles Branas,  analyzed the impacts and economic returns on investment …

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Learn how environmental design is helping prevent crime in Flint, MI

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We are pleased to announce the launch of our Story Map: Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design in Flint, MI. This new resource describes Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles and highlights how a community coalition applied them to address blight, reclaim neighborhoods, and establish a model for revitalization in Flint, Michigan. This Story Map was created in partnership with the …

YES and Greening findings presented at APHA

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Michigan YVPC faculty and staff presented several talks and posters at the American Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting in Denver CO.  Two YVPC presentations are highlighted below. If you have questions or would like further information, feel free to contact us. Measuring the Implementation of the Youth Empowerment Solutions Program Morrel-Samuels, S., Eisman, A.,  Franzen, S., Hutchison, P., Reischl, T., Zimmerman, M.A. …