Last week we heard the happy news that local nonprofit Zone 126, “a Queens based nonprofit serving the children and families of Astoria and Long Island City,” received a $50,000 eighteen month capacity-building grant from the Altman Foundation. And the Altman Foundation, “supports programs and institutions that enrich the quality of life in New York City, with a particular focus on initiatives that help individuals, families, and communities benefit from the services and opportunities that will enable them to achieve their full potential.” A very important mission, indeed.
[The grant] will help scale the implementation of a full pipeline of cradle-to-career partner programming and complete the first phase of Zone 126′s longitudinal evaluation strategy. Through this award, Zone 126 aims to also add partnerships that provide programs in the areas of birth to three, high school supports, and college awareness supports. By the end of 2015, Zone 126 will provide services to more than 1,000 children and families.
Sounds like this is going to help a lot of people in need. Curious about Zone 126? Read on:
Zone 126 is a Queens-based nonprofit building a cradle-to-career project focused on children and families living in pockets of concentrated poverty. There are more than 20,000 families living in poverty in the Astoria/Long Island City zip codes of 11101, 11102, and 11106 that Zone 126 serves. These three zip codes are anchored by three NYCHA public housing developments in Astoria/Long Island City. Of those 20,000 families, more than 8,000 are children and youth who largely attend one of Zone 126’s ten K-12 schools.
Congratulations, Zone 126! And thank you Altman Foundation for your amazing gift.