Current yds Initiatives

 Youth Driven Space Immersion Partners at Camp Storer, Jackson MI (October 13-14, 2018)

Youth Driven Space Immersion Partners at Camp Storer, Jackson MI (October 13-14, 2018)

Increasing Youth Driven Spaces in SE Michigan

In July 2018, with generous support from the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation, Neutral Zone began a 3 year initiative to expand youth driven spaces across Southeast Michigan. This project will consist of several different components.

  • YDS Immersion Cohort 2018-19: A partnership between Neutral Zone and 6 community-based organizations across Southeast Michigan to increase teen engagement and voice in their programs and organizations.  The objective is being achieved by helping organizations build or expand their youth advisory councils and through adoption of other youth driven strategies. 

  • Coaches Training: In 2019, a new cohort of youth and adults will be invited to participate in a Youth Driven Spaces Coaches Training to help participants to develop their training capacities so that they can support youth driven practice in their own organizations.

  • YDS Conference: A professional development opportunity for youth and their adult allies to share practice, learn skills and network. The 2019 Conference will be held on Saturday, January 26th at the Detroit Adventure Center.

  • Expanding a YDS Network: Through quarterly meetings, YDS agencies and coaches will convene to develop and implement a strategic plan to expand YDS practice in the region.


If you’d like to register for either program, please click here.

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Restorative Practices Open Enrollment Training

This fall 2018, in partnership with Engage @ EMU, Neutral Zone is offering both introductory and advanced Restorative Practices Training on the campus of  Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI.    Training is offered on the following dates:

  • Intro to RP and Circles: Oct 29-30

  • Intro to RP and Circles: Nov 12-13

  • Train the Trainer: Dec 12-14


Integrating YDS into Teacher Education

In 2017 Neutral Zone launched a collaborative project with Eastern Michigan University (EMU) to transform teacher and youth work education. The goal is being achieved through dissemination of Neutral Zone’s Youth Driven space model and integrating it with EMU’s Place-Based Education (PBE) approach.  The project centers around a Fellows Program made up of EMU teacher preparation students. See an overview of the pilot year below: