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
Neutral Zone is hosting a 2016-17 Program Kick-Off Event on Tuesday, August 30, from 1 – 4:30 p.m. The event is FREE and everyone is welcome! Join us for the chance to meet new people, connect with old… Read More
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
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
Poetry Night in Ann Arbor 2015 was a great success! The event featured Ann Arbor’s spectacular youth poets sharing the stage with nationally renowned superstars Nate Marshall and Mahogany Browne. Held in November at UM’s Rackham Auditorium, the… Read More
By donating to the Neutral Zone, you help make the dreams of our community’s youth turn into a vibrant reality. The Neutral Zone relies upon the generous support of individuals, businesses, and the community. It is a non-profit… Read More
During the school year, the Neutral Zone offers more than 20 weekly, after-school programs open to any high school-aged teen. Daily drop-in times and tutoring are free. Start your own program or project at Neutral Zone! Contact Lori Roddy… Read More
About What it means to be youth run: The Orpheum is staffed by a group of 8 high schoolers, with the support of two Neutral Zone staff members. Between them they manage the scheduling, the budget, marketing, and… Read More
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 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.
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
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