The Urban Improvement Corps, UIC, is a premier mentoring and tutoring program at Yale University focused on providing elementary, middle, and high school students in the New Haven, CT area with the opportunity to grow and develop with some of the most brilliant minds in our nation. Here, at UIC, we foster positive growth and develop life-long student learners, while giving each student the opportunity to discover their full potentials academically. UIC is a registered non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Our organization has revised and cultivated our vision and purpose to better address the changing times and the concerns of New Haven.

Our Mission

The mission of the UIC is to spark intellectual growth amongst urban youth. Through tutoring and entrepreneurship classes, the program seeks to assist students in achieving academic success, and to inspire inner-city students to succeed beyond the classroom and in the business world.  

About the Afro-American Cultural Center

The Afro-American Cultural Center at Yale University (also known as The House) was established in the fall of 1969 due to the rise of issues surrounding race and civil unrest at Yale and throughout the New Haven community.  Due to the increased number of black students and the rising social consciousness of the 1960s, students at Yale rallied to create a place and space that black students (and members of the community) could convene for social and political means. 

The original location of ‘The House’ was 1195 Chapel Street. From its inception the Afro-American Cultural Center, which it was later renamed, has always represented the vital and vibrant presence of African- Americans (and those interested in African-American cultural) at Yale.  The House’s current location at 211 Park Street provides additional access for members of the New Haven community to join the students and participate in a host of cultural events and activities.

Since 1969 the House has nurtured and encouraged generations of black Yalies to become some the Nation’s leading thinkers, activist and professionals.