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    Summer Fund Drive 2015

    I have some news that might shock you. The Neutral Zone teens will soon be running your world. Yes, we’re thinking of the same people. Those weirdo, goofball, braniac, fresh-dressed, artsy, loud-mouthed, free-thinking teens that hang out at… 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

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    Social Capital and Youth Development

    Five years ago I was invited by one of our Board members to use her northern Michigan home for a retreat with some of our teens. Kylah, one of the teens on the outing was an 11th grade… Read More

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    Winter Fund Drive

    On a bathroom stall at the Neutral Zone, it says, “I feel I can be myself here.” That’s true. You live your everyday life and then you come here, feel accepted and make something of yourself. That’s deep…. 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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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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