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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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    Beefsteak July 12

    Join freNZ for Beefsteak: A Communal Feast of Beef and Beer. NEW DATE JULY 12 Beginning in the late 1860’s, butchers would sneak choice cuts of meats into the kitchens of nearby saloons, grill them over coals, and feast… Read More

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    Neutral Zone Golf Classic

    The 14th annual Neutral Zone Golf is happening on Monday, July 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the University of Michigan Golf Course on Stadium Blvd.  The NZ Golf Classic is a four person scramble. Participants… Read More

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    Youth Engagement Institute

    Join us for two days of strategies, practice and ideas, learning how to start and support an effective Teen Advisory Council in your program or school.  The workshop will be held on Wednesday, July 8, and Thursday, July… 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

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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