Description & History


For every child to graduate from high school prepared for college, and enter the workforce equipped with the skills needed to thrive in a 21st century world.


Zone 126 is driving community transformation for children and families in Astoria and Long Island City’s concentrated pockets of poverty in zip codes 11101, 11102, and 11106.

The Problem

More than 20,000 families are living in concentrated pockets of poverty in Astoria and Long Island City. Over 8,000 are children. A child in poverty faces multiple environmental, social, and physical barriers to academic success. Zone 126 exists to break down those barriers.

The Solution

As a local nonprofit, we bring community organizations, public agencies, and private supporters together to provide vital programs for academic support, enrichment, health, nutrition, parent education, and youth development. From cradle to career. Local and national research-based programs operate in each of the ten schools within our Zone.

Zone 126 independently evaluates the immediate impact of these programs as well as their effect over time. Every child can succeed with consistent supportive programs. Comprehensive cradle to career services are fundamental to ultimately breaking the cycle of poverty.  

About the organization

Zone 126

Anthony Lopez
Executive Director
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