freNZ & the Last Word Beefsteak 2018

January 14, 2018 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Our 3rd Annual Beefsteak Dinner revives an almost-lost 19th century American tradition. Eat and drink with abandon. A finger-fed feast of choice meats, craft beer and revelry among friends to raise… Read More

Congratulations to the 2017 Ann Arbor Youth Poetry Slam Winners!

The winners of the Ann Arbor Youth Poetry Slam who will be representing Ann Arbor at the Brave New Voices competition in San Francisco this summer are: (L to R) Dea Chappell (senior at Pioneer), Sam Kass (sophomore… Read More

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

Why being Youth Driven is Positively Deviant

Over the past week we hosted a group of four students from the University of Michigan’s Center for Positive Organization program. Their charge was to conduct an action learning study on Neutral Zone’s “youth-driven” approach and to determine… Read More

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

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