Youth-Driven Spaces: A Positively Deviant Approach to Youth Voice, Leadership & Authentic Decision Making

Teens running their own record label? Publishing and marketing books by professional poets? Helping to drive policy changes at the State level on bullying? Raising money and providing grants to other teen initiatives? Making up the critical mass of an organization’s Board of Directors? Teens? Really?

The Neutral Zone, Ann Arbor’s own teen center, serves as a nationally recognized model in which youth decision-making and involvement permeate multiple levels of programming, organization and governance. Come engage with John Weiss, Neutral Zone’s Executive Director since 2005, to consider their “youth-driven” model and discuss how this approach fits into the positive deviance framework and makes Neutral Zone a ‘thriving’ organization.

Speaker: John Weiss



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