Hands 4 Peace

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By: Pete Hutchison, YES Program Director It seems as a culture we are incredibly adept at using our hands for destructive purposes.  We often couch these activities in the cloak of competitiveness, the will to succeed, the survival of the fittest, pulling ourselves up by our boot straps and so on.  Taken on face value these are all good things, …

Creating Peaceful Communities

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By: Pete Hutchison, YES Program Director   “Peace is not an absence of war; it is a virtue, a state of  mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.”      -Baruch Spinoza Most often public health focuses on prevention. Yet, when it comes to violence we need to look beyond just prevention and develop ideas for creating peaceful communities. In order to …

Genesee County Speak To Your Health! Community Survey

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Genesee County residents are invited to participate in the 2011  Speak to Your Health! Community Survey. The goals of the survey are to provide data to develop programs, inform policies, and generate resources; to identify and acknowledge community assets; to understand the relationships between residents’ health-related behaviors and perceptions, environmental conditions, and health outcomes; and to develop a more coordinated …

Michigan Radio — Empowering Flint Youth to Improve Communities

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Michigan Radio posted an article and podcast on the YES curriculum on their website. Here is an excerpt: Every week on What’s Working, we take a look at people and organizations that are changing lives in Michigan for the better. The Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center is targeting youth violence in Flint by getting kids involved in activities that improve …

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: http://www.suagm.edu/une/paliqueando Read more about Marc Zimmerman’s work by visiting his profile on the School of Public Health’s website: http://www.sph.umich.edu/iscr/faculty/profile.cfm?uniqname=marcz

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 …