New partnership forms the Healthy Flint Research Coordinating Center

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We are proud to be a lead partner in the Healthy Flint Research Coordinating Center.  MI-YVPC Directors Marc Zimmerman and Rebecca Cunningham worked closely with colleagues in Flint, Michigan to launch a new community-academic partnership that will coordinate new and on-going research in Flint.  This new collaboration of Flint’s Community Based Organization Partners (a coalition of community-based organizations), UM-Flint, the University of Michigan’s …

Fathers and Sons program launching in Chicago

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ANN ARBOR—A proven University of Michigan program to strengthen the father-son bond, with a goal to reduce risky youth behaviors, will now be conducted in Chicago. The U-M School of Public Health has been awarded a five-year, $3 million grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health for research to determine …

Raising of America: A screening and community conversation

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You are invited to a screening and discussion of the film series The Raising of America. This is a five-part documentary series that explores the question: Why are so many children in America faring so poorly? What are the consequences for the nation’s future? How might we, as a nation, do better? The series investigates these questions through different lenses: What does …

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 …

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 …

Youth with solid educational goals may steer clear of violence

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ANN ARBOR—Young African-American men who have well-established educational aspirations by the time they are in 9th grade are less likely than their peers to engage in violent behavior at age 22, researchers from the University of Michigan have found. The team also found that exposure to community violence led boys without such aspirations to be more accepting of violent behavior …

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