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

Youth Driven Spaces: 4 Simple Ingredients to our “Secret Sauce”

Lazy, obnoxious, incompetent, disinterested – these are some of the traditional stereotypes that drive how adults interact with or consider youth.   Because of these beliefs, youth are rarely invited in as partners, co-creators or leaders into the spaces… Read More

2016 Neutral Zone Golf Classic

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

NZ Finals Week Schedule Jan. 25 – 29

During finals week, the Neutral Zone will be open for drop-in from 12 noon until 6 p.m. Monday, January 25, through Thursday, January 28.  Some programs may not be held; please check with the program facilitator.  The Neutral… Read More

Poetry Night in Ann Arbor 2015 a Success!

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

Talk Differently: Youth Development vs. Education

“You talk differently to students than we do”. This is what a teacher recently told one of my Neutral Zone colleagues who was visiting their school in preparation for our student engagement work. I mused reflecting on this… Read More

Lucky’s Market Donation Day

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

Why Involving Teens in Staff Hiring is Good for Everyone

At Neutral Zone we follow a number of program and organizational practices that define us as a “youth-driven space”.  One of those practices is involving teens in all staff hiring.  Yes when I say “all”, we do mean… Read More

Beefsteak Event Cancelled

Join freNZ for Beefsteak: A Communal Feast of Beef and Beer.  EVENT CANCELLED. **Update:  the freNZ Beefsteak event has been cancelled.  Please accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience.  All ticket purchases are being refunded via PayPal.  We… Read More