A map of the MI-YVPC core project cities for 2015-2020. Flint, MI, Youngstown, OH, and Camden, NJ.

Community Engagement & Revitalization project finishes data collection and moves on to next phase

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Community Engagement and Revitalization, the core project of MI-YVPC, studies the effects of vacant property improvements on violence, property crimes and intentional injuries. We are assessing whether involving community youth and adults in greening reduces violence to a greater degree than either professional greening or no maintenance. This work builds upon programs developed by the Genesee County Land Bank in Flint, Michigan …

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 …

New study examines implementation of YES program in real-world settings

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Translating evidence-based programs from controlled settings into real-world community settings is challenging. Inevitably, life gets in the way, and programs are not implemented as they were originally designed or intended. Measuring implementation factors can help guide future implementation and improve program outcomes. A new study, published in the journal, Health Promotion Practice, presents methods to document and assess implementation of the …

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 …

Experts develop public health action agenda around firearm injury

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Firearm deaths, including homicides, suicides and unintentional shootings have been prevalent in the United States since the turn of the 20th century.  Data suggest that firearm deaths now stand to surpass motor vehicle fatalities. Although there is a much debate in the country about the ways to address these issues, there is little research available to help inform policy and …

YES Releases Second Edition of Curriculum

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We are excited to announce the release the 2nd Edition of the Youth Empowerment Solutions Curriculum,  Adaptation Guide, and Evaluation Guide. The new editions are freely available for download. The new edition of the curriculum includes: Updated sessions to reflect today’s technology and youth.  For example, the Photovoice activity (Unit 2) has been adapted for smartphone and digital cameras. Core Components clearly …

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 …