Zone 126's monthly newsletter features stories and highlights from across our community in Astoria and Long Island City's zip codes 11101, 11102, and 11106.
Diving Deep in the Zone
Diving Deep in the Zone is Zone 126's monthly newsletter featuring stories and highlights from across our community in Astoria and Long Island City's zip codes 11101, 11102, and 11106.
September has flown by with the bustle of the new school year. Zone 126 has been part of our school's Sneak Peeks, Family Nights, Fall Festivals, Zone partner program launches and more. In this newsletter, we want to highlight one of our focuses this year - increasing attendance for our students across the 10 schools as part of our commitment to support our Astoria and Long Island City community. You can give us your feedback on this newsletter by replying to this email! --Zone 126 Team
What Happens When Attendance Works?
by Anju J. Rupchandani, VP of Collective Impact Partnerships
When one thinks of the word attendance, two thoughts often come to mind: school and work. Students attend school everyday so that they can be ready and prepared for life. Be it college or career, attendance is a significant part of this. Through our Renewal Community School efforts at CS 111Q and Long Island City High School (Q450), we been working in collaboration with our schools to help increase attendance rates. While doing this work, Zone 126 began to dig deep and look at the attendance rates across all 10 of our schools. We are looking at various trends around our students' attendance and using these data points to bolster our efforts to support the schools around attendance.
As we build successful attendance habits in students early on, we lay the foundation for positive college and career habits that translate into building empowered and successful individuals that contribute to our community.
News from the Zone
Thank you to everyone who came out to our Cradle to Career Convening last week! We appreciate your support and input as part of the Astoria and Long Island City community.
For those unable to attend the convening, here are some handy links to learn about what we discussed + key takeaways.
The #ZoneElves Team has expanded as we head into the new school year. Read about our new full-time team members & 2016 - 2017 AmeriCorps Members here.
(Pictured above: Zone 126 "Z" Team at Long Island City High School - Q450)
Planting Seeds of Power by Anthony Lopez, Executive Director
These days, when I think of something as “community-grown” I tend to think of food grown in community gardens. Call it “community or home-grown,” it simply means “from within the community or ‘organic’.” And just like organic food, it’s good for you but sometimes the cosmetics of imperfect produce are not very appetizing. Don’t believe me? Look at the pageant of produce on display at your local supermarket. The point is not so much how it looks, but that it is good for you.
Read the rest of Tony's article on the Zone 126 blog.
Neighborhood Champion of the Month
Aiysha Mayfield, a long-time Astoria resident, is passionate about the arts and making lasting change for the youth in our neighborhood. She also looks out for the safety of our elementary school students in Astoria!
To Teach a Child How to Read, First Give Him Glasses - NY Times
All low-income high school students can now qualify for CUNY application fee-waivers for up to six CUNYs. Press Release here.
Apply for the no-strings attached Awesome Foundation $1,000 grant from their NYC chapter! (Grantees chosen monthly)
Apply for the Queens Council for the Arts' 2017 Community Arts Grant ($1,000 - $5,000) -- limited to Queens community-based nonprofit organizations!
Know any CUNY college students who have work study? We are looking for interns!