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. …

What’s happening in the corridor: Renew the Avenue Activity Updates

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The Renew the Avenue project has just completed its first set of activity reports. Renew the Avenue is a three-year project funded by the U.S. Department of Justice to reduce crime and strengthen neighborhoods across the University Avenue Corridor in Flint, Michigan. Visit the Renew the Avenue project page to learn more about activities underway to eliminate blight, reduce crime, and engage residents in the …

Event: Newtown Live-A National Conversation

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Newtown, a documentary about the December 14, 2012 school shooting in Connecticut,  premiered at Sundance earlier this year and has been lauded by critics from coast to coast. Newtown comes to theaters Wednesday, November, 2 — one night only — for a special screening event, followed by a nationwide live town hall discussion that will be moderated by CNN’s Chris Cuomo. The …

YVPC partners presenting at Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference in Baltimore

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This week, Allison Krusky, UM Research Associate, Natalie Pruett from the Genesee County Land Bank and Tom Wyatt, Kettering University are in Baltimore Maryland, at the Center for Community Progress’ Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference (RVP) to learn about strategies being used to revitalize cities around the nation and to present findings from the LandBank, MI-YVPC and UAC projects in Flint, …

YVPC projects highlighted in 2016 PRC report

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The 2016 report from the Prevention Research Center,  Revitalizing Neighborhoods and Engaging Youth, is available online. The report features news and updates from several projects in the Flint community including: Community Engagement and Revitalization, the core project of the Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center Youth Violence through Environmental Design and Renew the Avenue Youth Empowerment Solutions Flint Adolescent Study Generation 2 School safety and …