Ann Arbor awards nearly $40K in grants for community sustainability

By Ryan Stanton - MLive - May 31, 2019

ANN ARBOR, MI – Ann Arbor is awarding nearly $40,000 in grants to support four community sustainability initiatives.

City leaders announced the following Sustaining Ann Arbor Together grant recipients on Thursday, May 30.

Neutral Zone: $10,000, Capacity Building for Jobs Corps Program – to develop a job corps/development program that creates supportive pathways to successfully transition under-resourced youth ages 18-24 into adulthood through an intentional five-stage process by providing readiness, training, mentorship and coaching, job access, and a two-year associate degree.

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Washtenaw County commissioners approve first-ever youth commission

By Emma Dale - MLive - May 19, 2019

WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI — Young people in Washtenaw County now have a place in local government.

The County Board of Commissioners voted May 15 to assemble the first Washtenaw County Youth Commission.

A youth task force presented findings to the board in April that showed a youth commission could help young leaders offer their opinions on issues that affect them, according to a county news release.

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Huron High student reflects on what Claudia Rankin's "Citizen: An American Lyric" means to her for Big Read Ann Arbor

By Ciatta Tucker - Pulp - February 28, 2019

An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book ... [and] aims to inspire conversation and discovery.

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NZ to Present Monthlong NEA Big Read program in Ann Arbor

By Sarah Parlette - All About Ann Arbor - January 21, 2019

“Thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Neutral Zone will offer a monthlong program exploring Claudia Rankine's "Citizen: An American Lyric”.”

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Poetry Night in Ann Arbor 2018

By Zoe Lubetkin - The Communicator

“On Friday, Dec. 15, 2018, at 6:00 pm, Poetry Night in Ann Arbor at Lydia Mendolssohn Theater was underway.”

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How a Poetry Event Taught Me About Empowerment

By Katherine Feinstein - SHEI Magazine - January 5, 2019

“When I volunteered to cover Ann Arbor’s Poetry Night, an event put together by the youth-driven nonprofit the Neutral Zone, I wanted to step out of my comfort zone.”

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'Live on Washington' to feature 20 performers in sixth downtown Ann Arbor festival

By Kullen Logsdon - MLive - May 23, 2018

ANN ARBOR, MI - Over 20 performers are scheduled to perform at the Neutral Zone's sixth annual teen music and arts festival next weekend.

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Teen music, arts festival Live on Washington back this weekend

By Meredith Bruckner - All About Ann Arbor - May 29, 2018

ANN ARBOR - The sixth annual Neutral Zone teen-curated music and arts festival Live on Washington will take place Saturday from 3 to 10 p.m.

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