Not Your High School Cafeteria: A Subversive Guide to Youth-Driven Programming


Not Your High School Cafeteria offers a history, anecdotes, and lessons learned about Neutral Zone and its nationally recognized “youth-driven spaces” approach. This book is written by John Weiss, Neutral Zone’s current Director of Strategic Initiatives (and its Executive Director for 9 years) and long-time volunteer Lesa Huget, who served on Neutral Zone’s Board of Directors for several years. Rich with examples of how the Neutral Zone was built and operates, the book includes specific ideas for other organizations and schools to help them provide meaningful voice, choice and involvement to their youth/students.

Because all Neutral Zone projects are teen led, endorsed or influenced – the publication of this book is a collaboration with Neutral Zone’s youth-led publishing company, Red Beard Press.

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