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September 2016 Cradle to Career Convening Recap: Insulating the Astoria & Long Island City Pipeline

By Symphony Chau, Development & Communications Associate

Over 60 individuals from nonprofit partners, elected officials, and community members gathered at the Salah M. Hassanein Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens this past Wednesday for the Zone 126 Cradle to Career Convening.

Our Annual Report

 We shared some highlights from our 2015 Annual Report (view here):

  • In School Year 2014 – 2015, we served 2,2214 children & adults
  • Our Implementation Partner growth has steadily increased since 2013 (10 partners), with 21 partners bringing programs and services to Astoria and Long Island City by June 2015.

 


 

Our Vision for Astoria + Long Island City

Zone 126’s Executive Director, Anthony Lopez discussed our on-going commitment to bring community transformation in Astoria and Long Island City.

Here are his three key takeways:

  • The focus area of Family Engagement encompasses our three other focus areas  (Thrive by 5, Students Achieve, Young Adults Succeed) within the cradle to career pipeline.
  • Zone 126 is a community-grown intermediary organization
  • Partnerships programs are anchored in the community (public schools, public housing, public libraries, community centers)

 

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New Partner Spotlight: Cents Ability

Newest School Year 2016 – 2017 partner Cents Ability’s Executive Director Colleen Gearns shared to the group the financial literacy education programs they provide to students!

“Cents Ability is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to educating and empowering teens to achieve their goals through the prudent and informed management of their financial resources. Since 2004, we have been provided hundreds of free financial literacy workshops to teens in the New York City area.” 

 


 

Implentation Partner Updates

 

You can read the recap from our January + April Cradle to Career Convenings.