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 …

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 …

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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 …

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 …

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 …

A picture of participants of Service Sunday in the University Avenue Corridor. Flint, MI.

Follow the progress in the University Avenue Corridor on Pinterest

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Visit the MI-YVPC Pinterest page to find the new University Avenue Corridor Coalition (UACC) group board. Members of the UACC can pin photos of UACC projects and events to document and share the many positive changes that the UACC is making in the area. Follow the progress by following the board at https://www.pinterest.com/miyvpc/university-avenue-corridor-coalition/.  

MI-YVPC research featured in London School of Economics and Political Science blog

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  Allison Krusky was invited to write a blog post based on her article about produce gardens in Flint for the London School of Economics. It can be read on their blog on American Politics and Policies. The post describes how the presence of produce gardens in neighborhoods results in better upkeep of nearby properties, and is a follow up on her recent …