Social & Emotional Learning (SEL)

Now more than ever, students in inner-cities across America are in critical need of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) skills. Urban Tech’s outstanding SEL programs are designed to empower students with the critical skills they need to excel in today’s academic environment.

Our flagship program, widely known as the Youth Leadership Academy, (YLA) offers evidenced-based digital modules that are designed to help students develop fundamental life skills including: recognizing and managing emotions; developing empathy and concern for others; establishing positive relationships; making responsible choices and handling stress and challenging situations constructively and ethically.

At Urban Tech, we offer accompanying Professional Development webinar programs for teachers, faculty and staff as well as affordable individual modules for students. Our wide range of videos and games for students are not only fun and engaging, but they effectively promote character building in the classroom.

Professional Development
Youth Leadership Academy®

Our Track Record & 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 inspire them to become lifeling 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 & 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

  • Writen 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 opions 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 wriing allow students ample writing pracice

  • Discussion topics – break out small groups of students or pairs to talk through topics – students helping students pracice engaging with peers