What is Urban Dynamics Institute?
Thanks for visiting the Urban Dynamics Institute (UDI). We have been serving the Waterbury, Connecticut area for over 92 years. Our goal is to foster a strong sense of community between socially, economically and ethnically diverse groups in the Greater Waterbury Area through a comprehensive range of programs and activities for adults, children and families.
UDI Sponsored Programs
- The Hubie Williamson Scholarship
Beginning in 2013, UDI will present this scholarship to a high school senior from one of Waterbury’s six public high schools. As Hubie Williamson is a graduate of an historically black institution, North Carolina Central University, this scholarship will be awarded to a student entering an historically black college or university.
UDI is seeking a donor to match one-half of the funds for the scholarship, up to a $5,000 gift ceiling. Plans are underway to raise funds for the HW Scholarshipthrough the following programs: Inaugural Golf Classic, Pearl Street and Match-point Tennis Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, and the UDI Souvenir Brochure to be displayed at the scholarship dinner. Donations to the Hubie Williamson Scholarship Fund will be accepted online beginning in January 2012.
- Affordable Housing Impact Program
UDI serves as an advocate for affordable housing opportunities in the greater Waterbury area.
- Community Wellness Program
UDI provides healthcare information, before and during all programs and activities sponsored by UDI. We are looking forward to creating a community garden to make good food choices available within the neighborhoods that we serve.
- Neighborhood Mentoring Program
In conjunction with the Department of Education, Police, and Fire Departments, UDI is helping to provide quailty programs to families by putting them in touch with educational, social, cultural and recreational programs that lend themselves to the development of a better community.
- Open Mic Forums
UDI provides topical information on subjects of importance to the community by hosting debates that offer choices and opportunities to communities. Through this program, UDI also offers public meetings on important subjects, including housing, education, crime, transportation, jobs, global-warming, recreation, healthcare and taxes.
- Match-Point Tennis Program - UDI and Webster Bank continue to provide quality tennis to youth and adults, and encourage young people to join school and recreational tennis programs for proper instruction. This summer, Webster Bank sponsored the J. Francis Smith Children's Instructional Clinic and the Patricia H. Mayfield Tennis Salute (see photo at top).
- Cross Country Summer Trip - UDI sponsored a 3 1/2 week summer trip 35 years ago for at-risk children to see the landscape of the Grand Canyon! Plans are now in motion for future trips.
Support UDI through GoodSearch
GoodSearch is an Internet search engine with a simple concept and unique social mission. GoodSearch enables you to help fund your favorite charity through the simple act of searching the Internet.
It's simple to show your support for UDI. Use GoodSearch.com like any other search engine (they're partnered with Yahoo! to ensure great results). Each time you do, money is generated for your favorite cause. Good Search estimates that each search will generate approximately $0.01 for the designated charity or school. If you think about how many times you search the Internet each year, and then add in all the searches from UDI supporters, it adds up!