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Since its inception, the DDC Volunteer Program has relied on volunteers to serve as tutors, teachers and role models for the young people with whom we work. The enthusiasm and commitment of our volunteers is integral to fulfilling our mission of preparing the young people of New York City for the challenges and opportunities which lie ahead. Similarly, the energy and dedication of our students to strive for excellence enlightens and sensitizes our volunteers to those outside the gates of Columbia. We encourage you to view Double Discovery as a bridge between you and your students, Columbia University and the community.
Volunteers receive training before they begin working with Talent Search students in a one-on-one, small group or classroom setting. All Volunteer activities take place on Columbia's campus and are generally weekdays after school, between 4 and 6pm, or on Saturdays between 10am and 3pm.
Double Discovery Center programming follows the Columbia University schedule with three corresponding semesters: Fall (October to December), Spring (January to May), and Summer (June to August).
However, since the New York school year runs from early September through late June, DDC students often need assistance during Columbia breaks that occur in December/January and May/June. During these off-peak periods, we encourage volunteers to offer their time.
In addition to the tutoring, teaching and mentoring opportunities listed, Columbia students, student organizations, and faculty are encouraged to share new ideas. Any suggestions may be brought to the attention of the full-time Outreach Coordinator for further discussion and planning.
High School Tutoring
One-on-one: Tutor one or more high school students individually at least once a week
for two hours.
Small Group: Tutor two to five high school students as a group at least once a week for
two hours. Hours are generally Monday-Friday 4-6pm or Saturdays anytime 10am-3pm.
Junior High School Tutoring
Assist five to eight junior high school students with homework in a group on Tuesdays
and Thursdays from 4-6pm.
SAT Prep Teaching
Teach Math or Verbal SAT Prep Courses to ten to fifteen students on six to eight
Saturdays from 9:30am-12:30pm or 1-4pm.
Assist one or more high school seniors in assembling college applications, writing
personal statements and essays, and completing financial aid applications.
Key Day Hosting (One day in April, date TBA)
Take one or two high school juniors or seniors to your Columbia/Barnard classes on
Key Day. Co-Sponsored by the Columbia-Barnard Blue Key Society.
Tutor one or more students in preparation for August Regents exams or summer
school courses. Weekdays only. Hours flexible. (9am-5pm, Monday through Friday)
In a uniquely structured setting, tutor a student enrolled in the intensive Upward Bound
summer program. Weekday evening hours. (7-9pm)
DDC On-Line Volunteer Application