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National Youth Violence Prevention Week 2023

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April 24th- April 28th is National Youth Violence Prevention Week! This weeklong observance brings communities together to raise awareness about the ways we can support youth to stay healthy and safe. Throughout the week, we’re amplifying youth voices, highlighting the work that our community partners are doing, and showcasing youth-driven prevention strategies. We’re also sharing evidence on what works for …

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RSVP for a Listening Session on youth violence prevention in Muskegon

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Join the Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center (MI-YVPC) in Muskegon Heights, MI, on September 13, 2022, for lunch and a facilitated discussion on youth gun violence prevention. We will meet together at mahali with a meal provided by Kuntry Cookin’. RSVP by Friday, September 9! We want to hear from you! At this Listening Session we will discuss: What community programs …

Landscaping and vehicle barriers installed on vacant lot.

“We Live Here.” Communities design installations to stop dumping and reclaim their neighborhoods

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A few years back, a paint store on Torrance St on the Northeast side of Flint, MI closed down. There’s a small alley between the store’s old building and a vacant lot. Before the store’s closure, trucks used that alley to make deliveries. But now, it’s prime real estate for dumping.  “Torrance is a side street. It’s very dark. It’s …

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AJPH 2021 Supplement highlights next directions in community-engaged youth violence prevention

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We are pleased to announce the release of Center for Disease Control’s 2021 Supplement on Youth Violence Prevention. The supplement was produced in partnership with The American Journal of Public Health (AJPH). It features a number of editorials that highlight the work of the CDC National Centers of Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention (YVPCS). Working in 5 cities experiencing elevated …

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Partners From 3 Cities Share Best Practices for Greening and Look Ahead

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Written by Emily Torres and Laney Rupp, MPH. As MI-YVPC’s core project enters its final year in this grant cycle, our partners gathered in Michigan to share, learn, and discuss next steps.  The three-day Learning Exchange included time in Flint, Ann Arbor, and Detroit for presentations, tours, brainstorming sessions, and networking. The overall goals of the Learning Exchange were to …

Busy Streets Theory in Action: Building Safe and Empowered Neighborhoods in Flint’s University Avenue Corridor

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In a recently published article, Laney Rupp, a researcher with MI-YVPC, explored the development of “busy streets” in Flint, MI. We sat down with her and asked about the underlying theory and her conclusions. Can you describe what busy streets theory is? Why does it matter for preventing crime and violence? Many people are familiar with broken windows theory, which …

MI-YVPC/CCP National Survey Wrap-Up

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We want to thank everyone who participated in the MI-YVPC/CCP National Survey to document the value and impact of vacant property care across the U.S. The survey has now closed. We are happy to report that we received responses from land banks, government agencies, and non-profits across 27 states, Washington D.C, and Puerto Rico. States pictures in lighter green had …

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Register for the YES 2019 training program

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Join us for a 2-day hands-on training for the YES program at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor campus. This interactive training will be led by UM faculty and staff and will teach practitioners how to implement the YES Curriculum in their communities. Topics include the theory of YES, implementation, evaluation, and adaptation for your community. Registration fees include the …

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U of M partners to improve school safety in Genesee County, MI

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In response to multiple school shootings in the U.S., the Department of Justice created the Comprehensive School Safety Initiative (CSSI) to study promising programs that may improve school climate and safety. Since 2014, over $240 million has been awarded to research school-based safety programs around the U.S. In 2015, the University of Michigan School of Public Health, Michigan State University …