Diving Deep in the Zone
Getting Immigrant Youth "DACAmented"
by Anthony Lopez, Executive Director

DACA—Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals—is the executive order issued in 2012 that offers a renewable two year protected status to undocumented young people who arrived in this country before 2007 and before age 16. The future of nearly 800,000 young people is in question as the White House administration considers phasing out the program giving work permits and deportation relief to “Dreamers,” young immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.

At Zone 126, we want immigrant youth and their families to know that we support your right to not just dream of a better future, but to achieve it. That’s why we need you and everyone who believes in you to use this guide to protect your future.

The future of this city is changing rapidly. You, your family, your neighborhood and your community are welcome here. So get DACA-mented and join Zone 126 in making this part of Queens a better place for all.
News from the Zone
Pipeline Update
The Home-School Connection in Action:
CS 111Q Home Visits
 by Andre Stith, Organizing Director
Over the summer, Zone 126 Home Visitor, Mr. Andre Stith, traveled to the Ravenswood, Astoria, and Queensbridge Houses to visit the homes of CS 111Q students and remind them that school was quickly approaching!
CS 111Q Logo
During these visits, Mr. Stith, accompanied by Community School Director Claudia Esteva during home visits for Spanish-speakers,informed families of upcoming events and important dates at the school. Events such as the CS 111Q Sneak Peek, a yearly kick-off event for families are opportunities for parents and guardians to learn how to get involved with their child’s learning. Mr. Stith also emphasized the importance of attendance, with individualized attention to a detailed report of each scholar's attendance and state exams.

Out of 300 visits, Mr. Stith and Ms. Esteva dedicated 86 to CS 111Q’s current Kindergarten and 1st grade students to ensure that the youngest scholars understood the important of coming to school beginning the first day.

CS 111Q'S Kindergarten attendance is currently at 90% and the 1st grade attendance is at 91%. The Zone 126 team at CS 111Q, along with school staff, leadership, families, and community partners, is working endlessly to meet CS 111Q's Renewal Attendance Benchmark for the 2017-2018 school year. We look forward to keeping everyone posted on our collective success.
Enrichment In and Out of the Classroom
by Claudia Esteva, Community School Director CS 111Q
Jacob A. Riis Summer Enrichment students traveling to the New York Liberty Game at Madison Square Garden
CS 111Q’s Kindergarten through 8th grade students had the opportunity to participate in Jacob A. Riis’ Summer 2017 enrichment program. Participating students attended trips to the Bronx Zoo, local parks, and the Brooklyn Children's Museum, among many other cultural and social institutions.

In addition, scholars reinforced knowledge gained during the school year by interacting with their peers in a classroom setting, working on art projects over the summer, and building on team-based activities. Scholars culminated the program with a Jacob A. Riis summer performance. Being able to attend a summer program close to home helped our scholars prepare for the upcoming school year by retaining information through the summer months and having the same school schedule in the summer as they would for the 2018 school year.
Young Adults Succeed: Becoming a Nasher!
by Anita Williams, College Mentoring Success Coordinator
The Sadie Nash Leadership Program has promoted leadership and activism among young women in high school since 2001. Tasha*, one of Long Island City High School’s outstanding 12th grade students was a participant at the LIC site held at CUNY School of Law.

Tasha* believes the Sadie Nash Institute is a powerful program that provides her a safe space for young women to be themselves and to “relate to so many other individuals of different ethnicities.” In addition to the field trips, unlimited Metrocard, and weekly stipend Sadie Nash provided to participants, Tasha* also expressed her gratitude for the financial aid opportunities she has learned about as she prepares for college. Her most important takeaway?- she is now proud to be “a part of a sisterhood.”
Essential Resources to Be Prepared for the School Year
For New York City students and their families, the Department of Education's Back to School Basics page is a one-stop shop with important information to get ready for the first day of school and a fantastic school year.

This page contains links to information pertinent throughout the school year such as the school calendar, school meals, transportation, health services, and more.

In addition, the NYC DOE published Achieve NYC: A Complete Guide to New York City Public Schools , which has the most current information regarding the City’s public schools. The guide, available in 10 languages contains: important dates, details about enrolling in City schools, who to speak to in schools when you have concerns, grade-specific learning expectations, transportation options for students, and how to obtain financial aid for college.
Useful Links
El ementary Admissions - learn about three elementary school admissions processes: Pre-K, Kindergarten, and Gifted & Talented
Mi d dle School Admissions - encourage your child explore schools and programs by thinking about what will help him/her learn and grow
Ap plying to High Schools - locate and learn how to apply to specialized and non-specialized high schools
Here are five questions the Zone 126 team encourages families to ask their child's school:
1. How often can I expect my child's teacher to contact me about my child's progress?
2. What are the school's policies on attendance, grading, promotion, language and summer school? (Obtain a copy)
3. What must I do to support my child's learning?
4. If I have a question, concern, or suggestion, who should I contact first?
5. If I am not satisfied with my child's educational experience, what are my options?
What We Are Reading
  • Learning in the Fast Last: 8 Ways to Put All Students on the Road to Academic Success, Suzy Pepper Rollins
  • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria: And Other Conversations About Race, Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhD
Zone 126 in the News
New York Nonprofit Media: MarkCon
September 14, 2017
Anthony Lopez, ED at MarkCon

New York Nonprofit Media bought together marketing and communications executives from nonprofits across New York to discuss how to build a brand.

Anthony Lopez presented during the panel Using Research and Data to Help Organizations Tell Great Stories. He spoke about "humanizing" data to tell a story about the Zone.

Watch the panel discussion here .
New York Nonprofit Media Insights Podcast: Navigating Gentrification and Bridging the Education Gap
August 03, 2017

New York Nonprofit Media regularly interviews nonprofit leaders to discuss their professional experience, lessons learned, perspectives on the industry and more.

NYN interviewed Anthony Lopez about how Zone 126 is working to help young people in a part of Western Queens that is stratified between the city’s largest public housing development and rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods.

Listen to the podcast here .
Save the Date: Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday November 08: Zone 126's November 2017 Cradle to Career Convening
  • Location & Time TBD
Check Out Our Mindful Monday Partners
Hurricane Relief Efforts: How You Can Help

  • Today running through Friday, October 6 EXCEPT for Sunday, October 1
  • Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement is conducting an emergency supply drive for hurricane and earthquake victims Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Texas/Louisiana, and Mexico
  • Dropoff location #1: Queensbridge Community Center- 10-25 41st Avenue, Long Island City
  • Dropoff locations #2: Ravenswood Community Center- 35-40 21st Street, Long Island City
  • Hours: 10 am to 8 pm M-F; 11 am to 4 pm on Saturday (NO DROP off on Sunday, as the centers will be closed)
  • Check out Help Now NYC for more ways to contribute
  • Zone 126 will continue to promote local organizations' hurricane relief efforts and events at @Zone126Queens on Twitter
Follow us at @Zone126Queens on Instagram and Twitter !
We would like to thank all of our funders for all their help: Thomas & Jeanne Elmezzi Foundation, New York City Department of Education, Altman Foundation, Pinkerton Foundation and Staples Foundation.
  *Some names and identifying details have been changed to protect the privacy of the individual