Computer Science

UIC's Computer Science Core aims to inspire underprivileged students to pursue opportunities in computer science by teaching them introductory web development. Our students, selected from New Haven high schools, will work in HTML/CSS and Javascript to build their own websites. By sparking an interest in computer science at such a young age, we hope to increase the number of underrepresented students pursuing opportunities in the tech world. Computer Science is a rapidly growing field, yet it still greatly lacks in diversity. Through the workshop, UIC hopes to encourage minorities to join the tech industry as developers, designers, and programmers.

 

Music

The Urban Improvement Music Core aims to give students a comprehensive understanding of music from an artistic as well as a business standpoint, through investigation music production, and music business/the music industry. This sort of program is unique in its broad approach to music and perfect for any high schooler who is considering pursuing a career in music. The Music Core plans on bringing in professional musicians as guest speakers, and providing its students with music production materials in the hopes of expanding participants’ conceptions of music creation and business.

 

SAT/ACT Prep

The SAT/ACT core aims to prepare students for the two main standardized tests taken by high school juniors and seniors. Modeled after successful for-profit test-prep classes, the core meets weekly to take official ACT/SAT practice exams, learn about the exams' structures, and strengthen key skills in reading, English, math, and science. While many colleges and universities require one of these tests for admission, resources to prepare for the exams are often overwhelming in their variety and/or prohibitively expensive for many students and families. Through the core, the UIC hopes to level this playing field so students can approach the exam with confidence and preparation.

 

 

Creative Writing

This program aims to give New Haven students access to a wealth of resources for writers at Yale and to provide a community of peers to write with. In public schools especially, creative elements of education are often cut when the districts are faced with budgetary restrictions. We have the ability to provide this space. This core will greatly supplement tutoring, which usually has to focus on academic writing. All in all, we hope to empower students to express themselves and achieve new levels of intellectual, personal, and academic greatness.