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    Pure Energy to honor Lizann and Gerry Anderson

    This year, Neutral Zone’s annual event honoring local community leaders and philanthropists celebrates Lizann and Gerry Anderson for their personal support of NZ, and also for their deep commitment to philanthropy and to the communities where they live… Read More

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    Eat Dinner at The Lunch Room on Saturdays and Benefit NZ

    During the month of September, The Lunch Room is donating 10% of all sales after 5 p.m. on Saturdays to the Neutral Zone.  Patrons can also make additional donations.  Don’t miss this opportunity to support the Neutral Zone… Read More

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    Register now for Neutral Zone’s 2016-17 programs!

    This year, Neutral Zone is offering 22 programs in the areas of Music Technology, Education, Visual and Media Arts, Leadership, and Literary Arts.  All programs are open to any high school-aged teen and we encourage teens to try… Read More

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    2016 Neutral Zone Golf Classic

    The 15th annual Neutral Zone Golf Classic, held on July 25, at the University of Michigan Golf Course, was a huge success. Special thanks to all of the golfers and sponsors who participated and supported it.  Click the… Read More

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    Congratulations to the 2016 Poetry Slam Winners!

    The 2016 Ann Arbor Youth Poetry Slam Finals were held at Neutral Zone on Thursday, April 14.  Winners of the three semi-final rounds held at local high schools competed for one of the five coveted spots on the… Read More

About the Neutral Zone

The mission statement of the center was written by youth and continues to be the voice and heart which drives the center’s creative program and opportunities.

The mission
The Neutral Zone is a diverse, youth-driven teen center dedicated to promoting personal growth through artistic expression, community leadership and the exchange of ideas.

A brief history
In 1998, a group of Ann Arbor teens gathered to discuss the need for a place where teens could congregate after school and on weekends. From the very beginning, they felt this place should be more than just a hangout; that is could be a safe place to make new friends, mix with youth from different backgrounds, explore new ideas, learn new skills and do it all in a setting that was teen friendly and teen driven. Teens wrote the mission statement and the first grant proposal to the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation and, with seed money in hand, enlisted parents and friends to turn an old brick and timber warehouse into a teen center.

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Venue

Rent NZ

Do you need a cool space to host your next private party or event?  The Neutral Zone can meet your needs! We are available for rental: Daytime rates on: Monday- Sunday 8am to 2pm Premium rental rates: Friday-… Read More

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Shop NZ

Our talented teens have there very own youth owned enterprises that you can support by shopping online. Just visit our store at www.shopneutralzone.com!

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Visit NZ

The best way to find out about the Neutral Zone is to visit us! We are happy to show around visitors and show you what a youth driven space is all about. To schedule a visit,  please complete… Read More

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