The Power of After-School

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By: Pete Hutchison, YES Program Director Today’s educators are being confronted with a rising amount of pressure to achieve, and this achievement is being measured through standardized testing.  The admirable goal of this testing is to, in part, identify and develop interventions to address the large learning gaps that exist among today’s students.  Unfortunately, as more and more schools find …

What Does Violence Have to Do With Public Health?

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By: Susan Morrel-Samuels, MA, MPH, MI-YVPC Managing Director According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, violence in the U.S. causes approximately 50,000 deaths a year and over 2 million injuries. In 2007, 18,000 people were victims of homicide and 34,000 people took their own lives.  Let’s think about that for a moment.  Cities like Sheboygan, Wisconson, Ames, Iowa, …

Reducing Urban Blight as a Crime Prevention Strategy

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Can programs like the Genesee County Land Bank’s Clean and Green Program prevent crime? Tom Reischl, PhD, Evaluation Director at MI-YVPC and the Prevention Research Center of Michigan, recently spoke to the Genesee County Board of Commissioners in support of funding for the Land Bank’s property maintenance programs.  His remarks are posted below:  Both violent crime and property crimes are …

Hands 4 Peace

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By: Pete Hutchison, YES Program Director It seems as a culture we are incredibly adept at using our hands for destructive purposes.  We often couch these activities in the cloak of competitiveness, the will to succeed, the survival of the fittest, pulling ourselves up by our boot straps and so on.  Taken on face value these are all good things, …

From Broken Windows to Busy Streets

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By: Marc Zimmerman, PhD, MI-YVPC Director Many urbanites follow the old adage of safety in numbers. They will choose to walk on streets with lots of activity because the presence of people acts as a deterrent to crime. This activity may occur because there are storefronts or simply people outside talking or playing together. Some neighborhoods, however, are unsettled with …