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Oct
01
September 2012 Update: Recent Research on Community Trauma

We wanted to share some important research about violence and community trauma that can help us better understand trauma's widespread effect and inform our work to advance community health and peace.

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Aug
13
August 2012 Update: Meaningful Employment Leads to Peace

This Update pulls together a few elements from previous editions around one of the summer's most important themes: youth jobs. Both youth and the latest academic research agree that offering meaningful employment is one of the most effective ways of reducing youth violence.

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Jul
23
July 2012 Update: YVSP Training Announcement and Forum on BNNTV

In this month's YVSP update, we'd like to announce two exciting pieces of news:

  1. Come to our next YVSP Model training on August 8th!
  2. See the YVSP Forum, "What Matters to You(th)," on BNN TV
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Jul
23
June 2012 Update: Affinity for Violence

There are 5 key concepts in the YVSP Framework and Computer Model: Community Trauma, Slippery Slope Dynamics, High-Risk Interactions, Youth Violence, and Affinity for Violence. Each of these concepts represents insights learned from an ongoing process of community -based research, and the Model is a powerful tool for crafting smarter, more systemic plans to reduce violence because it captures the interactions of these concepts with one another. Having introduced Community Trauma in last month's update, this month's article describes a second key concept: Affinity for Violence.  

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May
30
May 2012 Update: LDBPI's Mother's Day Walk for Peace

You may have noticed that our last couple updates have included an announcement about the Mother's Day Walk for Peace. In case you weren't able to make it, we want to share a brief report of what happened and why YVSP is convinced that it's such an important event.

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May
15
April 2012 Update: Boston Indicators Report

Research sits at the heart of the Youth Violence Systems Project because we believe that it's one of the best ways to capture the community's knowledge about the things that matter most to it. That's why we've assembled six Neighborhood Briefing Documents, which are available online. It's also why we are excited to call your attention to the 2012 Boston Indicators Report: City of Ideas, a holistic picture of Boston's economic health. We hope that you'll take a look at the report itself (it's well designed and easy to navigate!) but this Update summarizes the findings that are most related to the city's youth.

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Apr
09
March 2012 Update: Churches United for Youth Peace

YVSP deeply values broad-based collaboration, and we are encouraged to see one particular effort toward unity and collaboration in Boston's faith community: Churches United for Youth Peace (CUYP).

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Mar
01
February 2012 Update

This article shares how over 50 Boston youth came together to brainstorm, learn, network, and discuss strategies for promoting peace. For more information, be sure to check out this report and to respond to some of the themes that emerged from the form, click on this link

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Jan
24
December 2011 Update

As the year slowly draws to a close and people begin trickling out for the holidays, we wanted to say Merry Christmas from the YVSP Team and thank everyone who participated in December 7th's "What Matters to You(th)" Community Forum. 

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Dec
02
November 2011 Updates

Welcome back from the Thanksgiving break! This update follows up on an earlier article covering the Safe & Successful Youth Initiative, but first we're eager to tell you about YVSP's upcoming Community Forum!

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