The Neutral Zone’s Director of Strategic Initiatives will discuss the importance of youth voice in our community and how adults can engage teens in meaningful ways.

About John

John Weiss has worked with diverse populations of youth, youth programs and schools for over 25 years.  John served as the Executive Director of the Neutral Zone (NZ), Ann Arbor’s Teen Center for 9 years and currently serves as its Director of Strategic Initiatives leading the organization’s training and coaching work with after-school and school-based programs. John’s commitment to youth voice has helped NZ become recognized as one of the premiere teen spaces for older youth in the country.

John served as a teacher in the Ypsilanti Schools and as the Middle School Reform Facilitator for Willow Run Schools. He served for 7 years as the Director of the Adolescent Division of the High/Scope Educational Research Foundation. John also worked as a teacher in the Peace Corps in West Africa. He has lived in Ypsilanti for 22 years with his wife Sarah and three children.

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