No. 4

 Zone 126 Newsletter
Progress Report Unveiled

On September 17th, we unveiled our very first Progress Report at our Cradle to Career Convening. The report described preliminary findings relating to our partners' pilot programs from January - June 2014, along with best practices and recommendations for new programs launching this fall. Additionally, Zone 126 sought feedback on our role as a backbone organization from partners, school leadership, and other key stakeholders. We are proud to report the following: 

  • 94 percent of Implementation Partners are satisfied with the progress being made to meet the Zone 126 Cradle to Career project objectives.
  • 94 percent of Implementation Partners believe parents and children are benefiting from the Zone 126 Cradle to Career project.
  • 88 percent of Implementation Partners believe the Zone 126 Cradle to Career project helps leverage new resources.
Presidio Institute Fellowship


Zone 126 Executive Director, Maritza Arroyo, recently completed a six month intensive fellowship with the Presidio Institute Cross-Sector Leadership Fellows inaugural class.


Says Maritza: "I am deeply grateful to Presidio Institute for the opportunity to be immersed among lifelong learners; from the faculty, to Presidio staff, to guests, and especially my co-fellows. I continue to be in awe of the power of peer learning. Being amongst such accomplished individuals with broad yet deep cross-sector experience helped me learn how the private and public sectors operate, giving me new insights and perspective on how to approach our partnership development work at Zone 126.


It was clear to me that, in the end, regardless of size or type of organization, it is the individuals with passion and vision that mobilize change. Each one of my co-fellows is deeply passionate about their work, and about the projects they are working on. It was truly an eye-opening and inspiring experience."


The Presidio Institute has now opened the nomination and application process for the 2015 Cross Sector Leadership Fellows Program

School Supply Drive 2014

With the support of Council Member Costa Constantinides, the Thomas and Jeanne Elmezzi Foundation, Queens Library, Quontic Bank, and St. Michael's Cemetery, Zone 126 schools received more than 20 boxes of school supplies and $3,000 to purchase supplies for our students. Thank you to all who helped ensure our students started school prepared for the year ahead!


Community Schools in the News

The Children's Aid Society and The New School recently published Scaling the Community School Strategy in New York City Report, highlighting the contribution Zone 126 and others are making to promote place-based initiatives in New York City. 

Fall Program Launches

This fall, Zone 126 is launching several programs within our cradle to career pipeline, including:
  • NYU ParentCorps will be returning to PS 17Q this October to serve 36 pre-K students and 36 parents. ParentCorps is a parent-child, school-based preventive intervention that fosters healthy development and school success among pre-K children. The group sessions will be provided in both English and Spanish.
  • Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House will be kicking off year one of five of the OCFS Advantage After-School Program to serve 120 students at PS 171Q. Zone 126 is extremely excited to be working with Riis and providing evaluation services. 
  • Socrates Sculpture Park has been hosting groups of students from LIC High School in collaboration with the English Language Learners department so that students can grow their linguistic skills while also learning to express themselves in a creative capacity. Socio-emotional development will also be measured. Stay tuned for further details on the Socrates/Long Island City High School/Zone 126 student art exhibition in our next issue. 
  • NYC DOE Office of Adult and Continuing Education will be hosting ESL and TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion) classes for more than 200 parents at several of our schools throughout the Zone during this school year. Families will have an opportunity to enhance their education while their children are learning during the school day.
  • Child Center of New York will be providing school-based mental health clinics for 20 students at two schools, PS 17Q and PS 171Q. The school-based mental health clinicians are LMSW (Licensed Master Social Workers) who are multi-lingual and have the ability to screen, assess, and conduct sensitive outreach to parents concerning child counseling and mental health needs. 
Impact Assessment Advisory Council:
Dr. Edward Fergus and Dr. Lauren Gilbert


We are honored to announce that Dr. Edward Fergus and Dr. Lauren Gilbert have joined our Impact Assessment and Evaluation Advisory Council. Dr. Fergus, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at the Steinhardt School, is a practitioner and researcher whose work explores the effects of educational policy and practices on the lives of people living in vulnerable conditions. Dr. Gilbert, Vice President of a Programs at BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life), brings more than 15 years of experience in education, ranging from program design and evaluation to creation of strategic partnerships.   


The Impact Assessment Advisory Council will meet on a quarterly basis to review progress made on the longitudinal study, troubleshoot data collection and logistical challenges, and brainstorm innovative mechanisms to measure the efficacy of Cradle to Career projects.


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