Community Partners

Community Partnerships play a crucial role in promoting academic success. Integrated strategies lead to solid community support and successful school initiatives. Through its strong network of collaborative partnerships, Urban Tech utilizes a wide range of community resources, synchronizing the goals and objectives of specific school communities. Applying “A Whole Village” approach to education ensures that students, schools and families will continue to excel in dynamic, creative learning environments.

Urban Tech has partnered with Youth Opportunity, a network of 16 sites across four states with 627 residents. Urban Tech is currently piloting DFA at Youth Opportunity’s Center for Success & Independence – Roane Academy in Rockwood, TN. The Center is a residential treatment center that provides counseling, education, and medical services for neglected and adjudicated boys between the ages of 12 and 17 who have struggled in traditional classrooms. A test group of 10 residents has responded very positively to the program, and Youth Opportunity will expand the curriculum to all 60 residents on March 8th.

In 2018, we implemented DFA into its first pilot school in Brooklyn, NY. At the start of the school year, 63% of students indicated that they had been teased, lied about or socially isolated. After completing the first phase of DFA, in only ten weeks’ time, reports of the same behavior had decreased to 29%. Overall victimization rates fell from 23% to 17.9%, a rate lower than the national bullying average for middle school students, and prevalence rates among female students dropped by nearly 50%.

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 wriing allow students ample writing practice

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