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    LIVE on Washington 2015

    LIVE on Washington 2015 is happening on Saturday, May 30, from 3 – 8 p.m.  Neutral Zone’s third annual outdoor teen music and arts festival is curated and planned by teens.  The event features two stages; a main… Read More

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    LAUNCH: Explore the Neutral Zone

    On Wednesday, May 13, the Neutral Zone is holding LAUNCH:Explore the Neutral Zone.  All current 8th graders are invited to LAUNCH for a chance to see what the Neutral Zone has to offer. (May 13 is a no… Read More

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    Help NZ win $6,000!

    Just click and vote for Neutral Zone in the Bouma Group Facebook survey and we can win the 100th sale closing commission, which could be up to $6,000.  Please come back and vote every day from now through… Read More

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    Register now for summer programs

    Our summer programs that run from June 15 to August 7th offer a week long program to dive into what NZ academic year programs have to offer. Click to register!  Click on the “+” sign below for a… Read More

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    Not your high school cafeteria: a subversive guide to youth-driven programming

    This narrative offers a history, anecdotes, and lessons learned about Neutral Zone and its nationally recognized “youth-driven spaces” approach.  This book is written by John Weiss, Neutral Zone’s current Director of Strategic Initiatives (and its Executive Director for 9 years)… 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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