AmUS Mission Statement
The AmeriCorps Urban Safety Project at Wayne State University’s Center for Urban Studies works to promote safety and community in Detroit. We help create new block clubs and foster established organizations to help increase neighborhood community!
The AmeriCorps Urban Safety project is designed to build a culture of neighborly communication and responsibility in the city of Detroit. In order to reduce crime in the area, we are working with local residents to create block clubs, a forum for residents to connect and create neighborhood safety strategies. This initiative provides the spark for a network of residents that will continue their crime-fighting efforts well after the program has moved on. We work to improve levels of neighborhood guardianship while reducing victim attractiveness and susceptibility.
You may see AmeriCorps members in your neighborhood doing any number of things: taking surveys, talking to residents, boarding up houses, organizing community meetings, attending community meetings, distributing flyers, and more!
AmeriCorps is a network of local, state, and national service programs that connects over 70,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet community needs in education, the environment, public safety, health, and homeland security. AmeriCorps’ members serve with more than 2,000 non-profits, public agencies, and community organizations.
The Center for Urban Studies Mission Statement
The mission of Wayne State University’s Center for Urban Studies is to improve understanding of and provide innovative responses to urban challenges and opportunities. Committed to serving Detroit and its metropolitan area, the Center pursues its mission by conducting and disseminating research, developing policies and programs, and providing training, capacity-building, and technical assistance.
The Center participates in defining and influencing local, regional, state and national urban policy. It engages community, government, institutions, and policymakers in collaboration with university faculty and resources to transform knowledge into action.
For more than 30 years, the Center for Urban Studies has been engaged in cutting-edge social science research and service. Often, the Center collaborates with WSU faculty to combine their substantive expertise with the methodological skills of Center staff. They also work closely with community organizations and local governments to answer key questions about the metropolitan area and about policy or organizational issues. Center staff are skilled in techniques of demographic analysis, mapping, evaluation, sample surveys, qualitative data collection and policy analysis. The Center holds expertise in community development, urban studies, demography, economic development, public safety, disabilities, and education.