YES Curriculum

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  We are pleased to announce that the Youth Empowerment Solutions for Peaceful Communities Implementation Guide is now available for free download through the University of Michigan TechTransfer site. To find out how to download the curriculum, please visit the YES website. YES is a theory-based after-school program that engages adolescents in conceiving, planning, and carrying out community improvement projects. The …

Marc Zimmerman Interview with Este University

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Professor Marc Zimmerman, Director of the MI-YVPC and the Prevention Research Center, recently did an interview with Este University regarding his work. You can watch the full interview of it tomorrow (September 16th) at 10AM: Read more about Marc Zimmerman’s work by visiting his profile on the School of Public Health’s website:

Do Video Games Influence Violent Behavior?

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By:  Roanna Cooper, MA and Marc Zimmerman, PhD, MI-YVPC Director An op-ed article appeared recently in the The New York Times  discussing the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down California’s law barring the sale or rental of violent video games to people under 18.  The author, Dr. Cheryl Olson,   describes how the proposed law was based on the erroneous assumption …

From Broken Windows to Busy Streets

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By: Marc Zimmerman, PhD, MI-YVPC Director Many urbanites follow the old adage of safety in numbers. They will choose to walk on streets with lots of activity because the presence of people acts as a deterrent to crime. This activity may occur because there are storefronts or simply people outside talking or playing together. Some neighborhoods, however, are unsettled with …

Who are those people walking around my neighborhood with clipboards?

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As part of the MI-YVPC evaluation, we are conducting property assessments in the intervention and comparison areas.  The purpose of the property assessment is to examine the effects of specific community change projects (such as community gardens)  on the maintenance and upkeep of properties. Starting Monday July 11th, a team of University of Michigan research assistants will be walking through …

Welcome to the Michigan YVPC

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Welcome to MI-YVPC Blog!  MI-YVPC seeks to empower youth and adults to create a more peaceful community in the Durant-Tuuri-Mott area in Flint.  We plan to use this blog to share information and discuss ideas about youth violence prevention.  This space is a venue for researchers, program leaders, and community members to contribute posts and comments. Check back frequently to …