Zone 126, Summer Advantage USA Bringing High-Quality Summer Programming to Astoria & Long Island City Students for Second Year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             Contact: Symphony Chau, Zone 126

June 24, 2016                                                               

NEW YORK CITY, NY – Zone 126 (a sponsored project of the Fund for the City of New York) and Summer Advantage USA are pleased to announce their second year of partnership, made possible by a $100,000 grant from the Pinkerton Foundation and a $75,000 award from the Altman Foundation, to provide high-quality summer learning opportunities to children living in Astoria and Long Island City (LIC). This co-fundraising model successfully marks the continuation of a unique collaboration between Zone 126 and Summer Advantage USA.

In collaboration with two Zone 126 partner public schools in Long Island City, Queens, 110 school-aged children will have the opportunity during July and August to participate in one of the nation’s very few scientifically-validated summer learning program models, Summer Advantage USA.  For school year 2014-2015, an average of 83.6 percent of students from these two schools were not performing on grade level in English Language Arts and 70.7 percent of students were not preforming on grade level in Math.

The program will aim to help children continue to learn and grow, both academically and socially, during the summer months. Children participating in Summer Advantage consistently gain over two months of skills in reading and math over the five-week program, entering the next school year with a new level of confidence, stronger skills and excitement about learning.

“It is critical that we provide our children with the summer learning opportunities that help them reach their full potential, academically, socially and emotionally,” said Earl Martin Phalen, Founder and CEO of Summer Advantage USA. “We are truly grateful for the generous support of our children by the Pinkerton Foundation and the Altman Foundation. We are extremely excited to renew our partnership with Zone 126 to ensure that our children will excel this summer.”

This partnership continues to support Zone 126’s cross-sector efforts to establish Cradle-to-Career Community Schools that offer a full range of programs and services for the whole family. A critical component of building community schools in Astoria/LIC is providing high-quality summer learning to Zone 126 students who would not otherwise have access to summer learning opportunities.

“The evidence is clear around summer learning loss, and it is due to the continued commitment of the Pinkerton and Altman Foundations that our children will have a comprehensive, quality, and engaging program delivered by Summer Advantage,” said Anju J. Rupchandani, Interim Executive Director and VP of Collective Impact Partnerships of Zone 126. “This ensures that our students are on grade level and ready to move forward in September.”



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