Astoria-based nonprofit organization Zone 126 awarded $3.8M contracts to lead NYC DOE Renewal Community School efforts at P.S./I.S. 111Q and Long Island City High School


Contact: Chelsea Freemon, Zone 126

ASTORIA, QUEENS, NY – Zone 126 has been selected by the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) as the nonprofit organization to lead the Renewal Community Schools initiative at P.S./I.S. 111Q and Long Island City High School (Q450) over the course of the next three years (2015-2018). This award by the NYC DOE to Zone 126, whose work is supporting Queens families living in public housing in zip codes 11101, 11102, and 11106, marks a significant investment in Astoria and Long Island City’s high-need communities.

As part of the Mayor’s vision to transform 94 New York City public schools, Zone 126 is part of a citywide call to action. Mayor de Blasio envisions the expansion of Community Schools as a central strategy for achieving an equitable educational system. The initiative builds off of the NYC DOE’s Framework for Great Schools and is aligned with the administration’s various efforts focused on youth and families, coming on the heels of expanding full-day pre-kindergarten to every four-year-old and offering afterschool programs to every middle school student. With equity as a key driver, the administration will develop the next generation of Community Schools and establish the systems and structures to ensure they address inequality in sustainable ways. The programs provided in Community Schools are evidence-based strategies to close the achievement gap by expanding opportunities for young people. They prepare students—and families—to enter school prepared to succeed. By increasing student time in the classroom, as well as in the local museum, on the playing field, and in the chess club, Community Schools help prepare students to be college and career ready.

Zone 126 will continue to leverage our Cross-Sector and Implementation Partners to work together with the NYC DOE to offer tailored programs uniquely suited to the needs of our community. In addition, we will be coordinating the support, organizing, and planning of these programs through a dedicated Community Schools Director in each school as part of the school’s leadership team, conducting data collection and analysis across school programs, and further development parental and community engagement.

Zone 126 has been driving community transformation in Astoria and Long Island City through building Cradle-to-Career Community Schools in our 10 public schools, and we are proud to partner with NYC DOE to further support and advocate for our partner schools P.S./I.S. 111Q and Long Island City High School as they become holistic environments for students and families to thrive.