“Yea has been a blessing to my family. She has considerable expertise coupled with care and sincerity that have benefited my daughters considerably. We are very grateful for her ability to articulate educational needs and best course of action. She has had lots of ideas and options that are custom to our needs which has been a huge relief to have someone with so much knowledge and ability as an advocate.
We will continue to work with her - she is amazing!”
~ Katie M., Parent
"Working with Yea not only improved my organizational skills, but also helped me develop my critical thinking. My meetings with Yea in high school allowed me to compartmentalize and organize my schoolwork and extracurriculars, and those skills translated to my day to day life. The transition from middle school to high school was extremely overwhelming and scary, but Yea helped me manage my tasks in such a way that alleviated the pressure and fear. I accredit my smooth transition from high school to college in part to Yea and her patience and willingness to develop my organizational and operative skills. Yea is great!"
~ Anthony A., Bates College
"No matter the terrain of your transition, Yea can help navigate the way. I witnessed as Yea helped scores of would-be Penn undergraduates develop their personal blueprints for success. If students were apprehensive or hesitant about the rigors of college life, Yea's mantra for each of them was that they could 'survive and thrive.' The orienting plans for academic and co-curricular achievement that Yea supervised gave these students a leg-up and a leap forward."
“When I began high school, my transition from a less intense academic setting to an academically demanding institution such as College Prep caught me by surprise. Yea became a huge asset to my CPS experience starting my first semester freshman year. I had never taken a final exam in my life, which sounded incredibly daunting at the time— so I scheduled an appointment with Yea to write a finals study schedule which I could use over winter break in preparation for my exams. I did this again in May, and the following semesters thereafter. In these sessions, Yea coaxed me through the process of writing out all I needed to do in order to arrive at my tests feeling utmost prepared.
Despite the number of tasks I wrote on my ‘to do’ list, Yea encouraged me to feel in control of my academic destiny, rather than daunted and anxious. We also began having weekly meetings to discuss more immediate academic preparation such as a daily study schedule, emphasizing the use of a planner. Yea, however, quickly morphed into more than someone who I consulted for academic guidance, becoming a mentor and confidante. Without putting my trust in her and crafting my study habits from the onset of high school, my time at College Prep wouldn’t have been half as successful.
To this day, I always buy a planner at the beginning of the school year and I still write out a finals study schedule about four weeks before the end of the semester— study habits founded in high school carry out in college as well, which is why I’m grateful I started practicing good time management early on, thanks to Yea’s tremendous assistance.”
~ Eliza B., Columbia University Class of 2021
"While working with Yea in high school she helped me find time management and organization tools like Google calendar to mark upcoming assignments and events, color-coding my notes to better engage myself and creating to-do lists to prioritize homework subjects.
"Working with Yea has greatly impacted my high school experience. During my freshman year of high school, one of my biggest challenges was managing my time. Through her week-long [transition to high school] program at my school, and with occasional meetings during the school year, Yea helped me to learn how to effectively organize my schedule and improve my time management skills. With her help, I found the confidence to navigate through and thrive in high school."
~Jaydin C., Class of 2019
"Yea is amazing! I worked with her as a colleague several years ago and still miss so many aspects of being able to work in partnership with her. She is a fabulous team player who embodies cooperative partnership and always brings positivity to the forefront of every connection, project, and meeting. She is creative, energetic, and flawless in her ability to design and implement projects from start to finish. She is compassionate, caring and can equally give 100% of her attentiveness and care to teens as well as adults. She is a true star in the world of education and if given a choice, I would gladly work alongside Yea at any time!"
"I have had the distinct pleasure of knowing Yea Flicker for the better part of a decade. Our paths first crossed in graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania when we worked together with pre-fosh in the Center For Africana Studies Annual Summer Institute for Pre-freshmen. The Summer Institute is an intensive one week residential intellectual program that immerses in-coming freshmen into the field of Africana Studies. As graduate fellows we not only acted as teaching assistants to some of the university's leading faculty, we were also responsible for mentoring in-coming freshmen through their first year. In this capacity, I have repeatedly observed the care that Yea put into her role as both teaching assistant and mentor. Her skills as a teacher were often on display. Yea possessed a unique ability to impart new material to a diverse group of students who had not fully been introduced to the rigor of academic life. She consistently showed an ability to hold the attention of students many of whom showed a ranged of academic ability, especially those who did not have the same type of access to educational resources as their more privileged peers. Her dedication to student centered pedagogy and passion for helping all students reach their academic goals led to Yea becoming a model for newer grad-fellows and her ascension as Head-Graduate Fellow in two years of joining the program. I am deeply honored to call Yea a friend and colleague."
~ Dr. Clem Harris, Assistant Professor, American History, Africana Studies, and Urban Studies at Utica College and Co-Editor, Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography
"I had the honor of working for Yea as a graduate fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Africana Studies...I was continually impressed with Yea's knowledge of the needs of higher education students, Africana studies, professionalism, and organizational dynamics. I have also utilized many of the skills, teaching, and program design and facilitation I learned from Yea in my current work. She is also a truly inspirational individual who is a vehicle of social change."
~ Melissa S., M.A., University of Pennsylvania