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A photo of a Youth Empowerment Solutions training session.

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

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A picture of part of the North Flint Residents photo group during a planning session.

In 2017, the Hamilton Community Health Network (HCHN) received $1,000,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance. HCHN is partnering with the North Flint Neighborhood Action Council (NF-NAC), the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and Michigan State University School of Criminal Justice, to implement a Community Based Crime

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A photo of a stop sign that reads stop the violence

Today marks 6 years since the school shooting that occured at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. Since then, family members whose loved ones were killed that day have been working through advocacy and education to prevent these school violence incidents from ever happening again, through the The Sandy Hook Promise Foundation (SHP).

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Featured Image: Welcome New Scholars 2018

We are pleased to welcome our new scholars to the PRC team. Dr. Wu joins us from Taiwan as a visiting scholar to learn more about community and adolescent research in the United States. Dr. Schmidt is continuing as a post-doctoral fellow after recently completing her doctorate in HBHE. We are also joined by Elyse

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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

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This week, the Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center launched a new resource, Story Map: Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design in Flint, MI. This new resource describes Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles and highlights how a community coalition applied them to address blight, reclaim neighborhoods, and establish a model for revitalization in Flint, Michigan. This

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The Healthy Flint Research Coordinating Center (HFRCC) is organized to create synergy in research, foster  academic-community partnerships, and develop innovative solutions to community-defined issues. In collaboration with the Flint community, the Healthy Flint Research Center (HFRCC) is a partnership among UM/Flint, UM/Ann Arbor, and MSU to work to aid Flint recover and rebuild from the water crisis.

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The 2016 report from the Prevention Research Center and Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center: Revitalizing Neighborhoods and Engaging Youth is now available online. Our latest report features news and updates from several of our projects in the Flint community including: Community Engagement and Revitalization, the core project of the Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center Youth Violence through

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A  study of middle school students in Warsaw, Poland examined both the risk factors and promotive factors associated with adolescent substance abuse.  The survey questionnaire and items were based on those used for Flint Adolescent Study. Substance abuse is a significant issue for adolescents in Poland. Poland transitioned from a socialist to capitalist economy several decades ago. 

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Last spring,  Marc Zimmerman was invited to present on the importance of youth empowerment, at the Childhood Health and Nutrition Research Conference hosted together by the USDA Arkansas Children’s Nutrition Center and the National Dairy Council.  He also recently published a blog post on the National Dairy Council website about empowerment theory and YES and how it

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In a recent op-ed in US News & World Report,  Drs. Marc Zimmerman,  Rebecca Cunningham, and Mahshid Abir, discuss the Flint water crisis and what it means for the health of the community moving forward. We have been privileged to work with the Flint community for over 20 years and have developed longstanding relationships and partnerships with the numerous

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Mothers in jail would benefit from participation in parenting programs, which could help their children avoid negative outcomes down the road. Over the last two decades increasing numbers of women have been incarcerated, leaving young children without their primary caregiver. These women reported stress with parenting in the first place but found increased difficulty trying

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