Neutral Zone


During non-school time, there is a tremendous opportunity to expose kids to activities that not only complement what’s learned in school, but also prepare them for meaningful work in the future and spark a journey towards becoming curious, fulfilled and well-rounded adults.

While the Foundation continues to invest in the capacity and quality of afterschool programs – including cohort-based learning for STEM and mentorship programs – we have also embarked on a significant Group Concept Mapping project to incorporate the youth voice into our work. Through an initiative called “Teen Opinions Count,” the Foundation has engaged more than 10,000 teens across Southeast Michigan and Western New York around the question of what teens want when they are not in school. Data analysis for this project will take place over the next several months leading to teen-driven grantmaking strategy and further refining strategy to encourage pursuit of meaningful work after high school.