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 …

New study examines the factors that influence the police-community relationship

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Interactions between police and the communities they serve have always been an important component to police efficacy, as the police depend on community residents to both report crimes, and cooperate with them in their investigations. However, the tension between the two groups, though not a new phenomenon, has been highlighted recently by numerous, very public violent encounters. A new study …

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Research teams assessing 20,000 property parcels in Flint and Youngstown

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Data collection for the new MI-YVPC core project, Community Engagement and Revitalization, is under way in Flint, Michigan, and Youngstown, Ohio. We are studying whether involving community youth and adults in greening activities reduces violence to a greater degree than either professional greening or no maintenance. This work builds upon and supports programs developed by local land use organizations and …

UM Research Newsletter Features Results of YVPC Violence Prevention Programs

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The UM Office of Research July newsletter features a moving and informative article, History of Violence, that highlights the YVPC and its associated project, Youth Empowerment Solutions (YES). The article includes results from a study that documented a reduction in assaults in the YVPC intervention area, and positive findings from the evaluation of a brief emergency department violence prevention program …

Explore Community HealthSim, a new violence prevention resource from CDC

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CDC has created a new violence prevention resource in the VetoViolence suite of tools and trainings, Community HealthSim. This new tool will take you on a tour of Vetoville. You will play the role of a “special advisor”—brought in to determine how to spend the town’s resources to improve community issues, such as struggling businesses and schools, an overcrowded jail, and …

Hospital emergency departments play a vital role in reducing youth violence in urban communities

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ANN ARBOR—Thirty minutes of counseling during an emergency room visit can decrease a young person’s involvement in future violent behaviors, researchers at the University of Michigan have found. Researchers from the Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center and the U-M Injury Center found that a single, structured counseling session delivered to high-risk youth by a social worker-level therapist was successful in …