Raising of America: A screening and community conversation

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You are invited to a screening and discussion of the film series The Raising of America. This is a five-part documentary series that explores the question: Why are so many children in America faring so poorly? What are the consequences for the nation’s future? How might we, as a nation, do better? The series investigates these questions through different lenses: What does …

Fill-A-Truck for Flint

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The water crisis in Flint is a public health emergency, and many of us are wondering what we can do to help. There are several non-profits in Flint that are accepting monetary and water donations for families in need. Let’s do our part and Fill-A-Truck for Flint. The Prevention Research Center and Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center will be collecting …

Inaugural University Avenue Corridor’s holiday lighting contest was a success

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We are excited to be a part of the inaugural Light Up University Avenue Contest, sponsored by the University Avenue Corridor Coalition. Three winners were announced this week. Winners were: the Lesser family (Glendale Hills neighborhood); the Welch family (Mott Park neighborhood); and the Jones family (Carriage Town neighborhood). Winners each received $300 for their efforts to make the University Avenue Corridor …

Multi-pronged approach to youth violence prevention is working

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We are pleased to announce that the findings from our study of youth violence prevention strategies in Flint, Michigan have been released. Following a 5 year study of six community programs, young people in a selected intervention area were 25 percent less likely to be victims of a violent assault than those in a comparison area. This was accompanied by a 38-percent …

YVPC projects continue in Genesee County and beyond

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As the Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center prepares to enter a new chapter in its development, we would like to update you on the various ways in which the programs we have offered over the last five years are moving into the future.  Five out of six MI-YVPC are continuing in some form, both in Genesee County and beyond. Sync, …

YVPC awarded $6 million grant to advance youth violence prevention work

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We are pleased to announce that we have received a five-year, $6 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to expand the work of the Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center. This grant will allow us to study the effects of vacant property improvements on violence, property crimes and intentional injuries in three U.S. cities. In partnership …

Youth with solid educational goals may steer clear of violence

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ANN ARBOR—Young African-American men who have well-established educational aspirations by the time they are in 9th grade are less likely than their peers to engage in violent behavior at age 22, researchers from the University of Michigan have found. The team also found that exposure to community violence led boys without such aspirations to be more accepting of violent behavior …

A picture of the MI-YVPC 2015 property assessors in front of the Flint arch over Saginaw Street, Flint, MI.

Say hello to the 2015 Property Assessors

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Written by: Susan Franzen, MS Say hello, Flint! The 2015 Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center (MI-YVPC) property assessors are out in Flint neighborhoods looking for the effects of neighborhood improvement projects, greening, and blight, on crime rates and the conditions of surrounding properties. Several teams of trained observers will rate the buildings and landscaping around the property parcels in designated …

A picture of participants of Service Sunday in the University Avenue Corridor. Flint, MI.

Follow the progress in the University Avenue Corridor on Pinterest

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Visit the MI-YVPC Pinterest page to find the new University Avenue Corridor Coalition (UACC) group board. Members of the UACC can pin photos of UACC projects and events to document and share the many positive changes that the UACC is making in the area. Follow the progress by following the board at https://www.pinterest.com/miyvpc/university-avenue-corridor-coalition/.