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

Neutral Zone – A Youth Driven “Discourse” Community

Being youth-driven, we let teens have a voice on the “youth-driven spaces” blog.  I am proud to share this week’s blog with a teen I am exceptionally close with, my son Myles.  Myles was an active teen at… Read More

Give Youth a Seat at the Board and a Space for their Voices

At a recent conference, I met one of the Directors of Youth on Board who asked me if we have youth on our board at Neutral Zone.  I proudly shared that 13 out of our 29 current board… Read More

Uncommon Core: What a Bunch of Teens Can Teach Schools about What they Want in School

For nearly all of our 16 year history, Neutral Zone has been engaging teens in unique literary arts programs, starting with VOLUME – our weekly and summer youth poetry project and weekly Short Story Writing workshops.   In these… Read More

Giving Students Voice in School Reform

High School is a place where many teens feel like their voices are not heard. Because of the vast academic requirements placed on schools, and teachers in particular — many feel like they simply don’t have the time… Read More

Eye of the King – Reflections from a teen on MLK

Being youth-driven, it only makes sense to let teens have a voice on the “youth-driven spaces” blog.  The excerpt below is from an incredible student leader in Benton Harbor Michigan.  Carlos Henderson is one of a group of… Read More

Let Them Run the Store – No decision too big, no decision too small

Below is an excerpt from an upcoming book about Neutral Zone entitled “Not your high school cafeteria” published by teens at Red Beard Press.  Available here in March. Chapter Four: Let Them Run the Store – No decision… Read More

Get L.O.W. Highlighter Dance Party

The B-Side’s First Friday series hosts the Get L.O.W. Highlighter Dance Party featuring DJ Flashbulb Iris and a special guest performance.  Friday, February 6, at 7 p.m.  Admission is $5; the first 25 people get in free.  Proceeds… Read More

Keeping it Real by Letting Teens Really Lead

Below is an excerpt from an upcoming book about Neutral Zone entitled “Not your high school cafeteria” published by teens at Red Beard Press.  Available here in March. Chapter 2:  For Teens By Teens: Keeping it Real by… Read More