A Yancy Life


A Yancy Life has provided High Impact Tutorials, academic and enrichment programs for low- performing schools and students for ten years, since incorporating as a 501(c)3 non-profit in 2003. We focus on community learning centers and in-school programs that provide academic and educational enrichment opportunities for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low performing schools in the Houston Independent School District. 

Program Description

A Yancy Life brings an innovative blended math, science, and reading assistance program that combines classroom instruction with computer-aided learning. Study Island, a Web-based standards mastery program, is the basis of Yancy's instruction in English/Language Arts (ELA), Math and Science. While each student is given log in credentials, and Study Island is, in itself, a full on-line instructional program for individual learning, student use of Study Island is limited during daily instruction. Instead, Yancy staff uses Study Island lessons and assessments for the basis of their primary mode of instruction -- rich face-to-face 1:1 and small group instruction. The Texas version of Study Island is aligned to the standards in Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Subjects targeted for this program are the Reading strand of English and Language Arts, Science and Mathematics, for grades 1-12. In its instruction for pre-kindergarten level, Yancy will focus primarily on the Emergent Literacy (Reading) and Mathematics skill domains, from the Texas Pre-Kindergarten Guidelines.

Type of service
Tutoring Program
Academic Intervention
Year Started
Headquarter Location (City, State)
Houston, TX
States of Operation
Operation Locations
Houston Metro, Spring, Fort Bend, Alief, Aldine, Katy, Humble, Clear Lake, Galveston, Port Arthur, Beaumont, Pearland, Region 4
Most recent number of students served
Subject Offered
Early Literacy,
English Language Arts (ELA),
Social Studies,
Other subjects
Bilingual Spanish / ESL
Grade Levels
1st Grade,
2nd Grade,
3rd Grade,
4th Grade,
5th Grade,
6th Grade,
7th Grade,
8th Grade,
9th Grade,
10th Grade,
11th Grade,
12th Grade,
Post secondary
Languages Offered
English, Spanish
Percentage of tutors who can speak a language other than English
50% Speak Spanish
Race/Ethnicity breakdown of tutors
Hispanic or Latino- 47%, Asian- 6%, Black or African American 34%, White 12%
During School
Out of School
Delivery Mode
Tutor-Student Ratio
1:1, 3:1, 5:1
Number of Sessions Per Week
Number of Minutes Per Session
Number of Weeks Per Program
Does your program engage with parents?
Family Engagement Description

A Parent Involvement Specialist will serve a group of five schools, working closely with other parent initiatives within the school to focus on involving parents of this program's participants in the academic success of their children. If the school already has a Title I Parent Involvement Specialist, the Yancy staff will work closely with that person to ensure that the parents of participants are involved with the programming for them. He/She will conduct the program's parent workshops and serve as a resource for other parent involvement within the school.

Organization Type
Customer Type
District, School
Cost to District/ School/ Non-Profit
$45 - $85 hour
Cost to Student
Type of Tutor
Paraprofessional, Teacher, Tutoring Staff
Randomized controlled trial (RCT) study conducted?
Quasi-experimental (QED) study conducted?
Contact Name
Trevor Taylor
Contact Email

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