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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 …

A photo of school participants in the Beecher Tucker Elementary School from 2016.

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 …

A photo of some of our PRC and YVPC 2018 Summer Interns

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 …

Youth Violence Prevention Week 2018 Facebook Q&A (1200x671, cropped)

National Youth Violence Prevention Week 2018 is March 19-23

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National Youth Violence Prevention Week (NYVPW) 2018 begins next week. Each year, organizations across the country participate in this week-long educational initiative with the goal of creating safe and positive environments within our schools and communities. This year, we will be co-hosting a Q&A on Facebook. We will be joined by the Division of Violence Prevention experts from Centers for Disease …

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 …