Research shows that it is in the 6th grade when students begin to show signs of risk for dropping out of school. It’s right before the move to middle school where many are lost who don’t have the necessary social and emotional and academic skills to succeed. Urban Tech mobilizes youth as early as 4th grade to become better students by introducing them to the Youth Leadership Academy (YLA), a technology-rich, interactive curriculum that uses youth culture to address concerns such as self-esteem, confidence and identity formation. Results of this intervention have shown increased class participation and collaboration, decreased disciplinary problems, and increased graduation rates.
Evaluators have said that Teachers, Principals and Parents are excited about how quickly they see results when using relevant and relatable language and culture and YLA’s technology-rich activities to awaken students and empower them to become lifelong learners and leaders in their communities.
Our Track Record and Success
Evaluators have said that Teachers, Principals and Parents are excited about how quickly they see results when using our technology to awaken students and empower them to become lifelong learners and leaders in their communities.YLA Outcomes
Teaching consequences of at-risk behavior
Improving communication & tolerance across cultures
Using technology as a tool to motivate & improve learning
Increasing grades and graduation rates
YLA Speaks To Students
Multiple modalities give all learners an opportunity to interact with different materials. The content is geared toward young people's interests and experiences
Full animated videos and broken down clips - teachers can play a full video or go through the video in shorter, easier to digest clips
Written text for verbal dialogue - each video also plays out the text version of the words to make it easier for students who need visual supports
Short and longer texts for reading comprehension - module materials and Instructor Notes spell out several options to expand and contract reading passages to meet the needs of learners at different reading levels
Writing Practice - personal journals online or journal quesions for offline writing allow students ample writing pracice
Discussion topics - break out small groups of students or pairs to talk through topics - students helping students practice engaging with peers