Grant funding to study neighborhood improvement and youth violence prevention

We are pleased to announce that the Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center was just awarded funding from the Centers for Disease Control to study the effects of environmental design on crime and youth violence. The project is in partnership with the University Avenue Corridor Coalition (UACC), a local community-based coalition in Flint, MI. UACC was established in 2012 to implement […]

Participate in the Speak To Your Health! Survey

We invite all Genesee County residents to participate in the  Speak to Your Health! Community Survey, sponsored by the Prevention Research Center of Michigan (PRC/MI) and the Genesee County Health Department.  This year, Genesee County residents will have three ways they may participate in the survey: through face-to-face interviews, a copy sent by mail to randomly selected […]

YES Launches New Website

A picture of one of the gardens created in a YES program.

We are pleased to announce that Youth Empowerment Solutions has a new website. Youth Empowerment Solutions is a theory based youth violence prevention program that focuses on empowering youth to create change in their communities. The YES website provides in-depth information about the curriculum, youth led community improvement projects, evaluation, training and the theory behind […]

Congressman Kildee visits YES program

As part of the Youth Empowerment Solutions (YES) program, the young people meet with community leaders to discuss issues they feel are important.  On April 29, YES students from Church Without Walls met with U.S. Congressman Dan Kildee. Congressman Kildee said he came away with a four point agenda after talking with the young people.  […]

The Power of After-School

By Pete Hutchison Today’s educators are being confronted with a rising amount of pressure to achieve, and this achievement is being measured through standardized testing.  The admirable goal of this testing is to, in part, identify and develop interventions to address the large learning gaps that exist among today’s students.  Unfortunately, as more and more […]

PRC-MI Video

Youth Violence Prevention through Environmental Design Project

We are pleased to launch our new Safe and Healthy Futures video describing our research, partnerships and programs in Flint and Genesee County and around the State of Michigan. Special thanks to Bettina Campbell, Mark Valacak, Brian Larkin, and Natasha Warren for their eloquent words. We would also like to thank the YES kids for […]

Safe and Healthy Futures Blog

Today’s young people face many challenges to their health and well-being. This is particularly true in Michigan, which has been in a long and severe economic downturn. Distressed communities experience high rates of violence, incarceration, obesity and sexually transmitted infections. All of these issues have profound effects on children and young adults. Here at the […]