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 …

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 …

Let’s make every week National Youth Violence Prevention Week

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National Youth Violence Prevention Week is drawing to a close, but it is important to remember that every week is youth violence prevention week for millions of youth and families who experience the risk of violence in their daily lives. Violence is a leading cause injury and death among youth aged 10-24, but this can be prevented. We know what needs to …

A photograph of four young people planting flowers in a community garden.

Planting produce gardens leads to improved yard maintenance by residents

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Planting produce gardens, trees, and flowers in a neighborhood, is good for residents.  Creating green spaces and improving blighted properties (removing graffiti, litter, signs of poor home maintenance, etc.) can lead to improved mental health, and reduced crime.  In addition, greening in a neighborhood can indicate community investment, which may spread to the surrounding properties as well. Our latest study explored this phenomenon and tested whether yard …