Volunteer Opportunities
On-line Volunteer Application (For current Columbia affiliates only)
On-Line Volunteer Evaluation Form (For current DDC volunteer tutors)
Volunteer Application (printer-friendly pdf) (For Non-Columbia prospective volunteers)

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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.

Volunteer Opportunities

Academic Year
(October-June)

High School Tutoring
One-on-one: Tutor one or more high school students individually at least once a week
for two hours.
or
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.

College Mentoring
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.

Summer
(June-August)

Tutoring
Tutor one or more students in preparation for August Regents exams or summer
school courses. Weekdays only. Hours flexible. (9am-5pm, Monday through Friday)
or
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

Completion Time: approx. 10 minutes
For use by: current Columbia University students, staff, faculty and affiliates.

Note: Non-Columbia applicants must submit a resume and two references along with the paper version of the volunteer application. The paper version of the application may be obtained at the DDC office or can be downloaded by clicking here.

COMPLETE THE FORM AND THEN CLICK "SUBMIT"

NAME:  

SCHOOL:  CC   Barnard   SEAS   GS   TC   Other  

GENDER:   Male    Female

Major:       Graduation Month & Year:  
Email Address:  
Local/Campus Address:  
Local Phone:  

PERMANENT ADDRESS
Street/Apt#:        City:  
State:        Zip:        Permanent Phone:  

Have you previously worked or volunteered with DDC?   YES    NO
Please Specify:

Have you previously worked or volunteered at another community-based or school-related service for middle or senior high school students?   YES   NO
Please Specify:

Please indicate by order of preference (1,2 etc.) the volunteer services in which you are most interested:
Tutoring high school students individually at least once a week for 2 hours
Tutoring 2-5 high school students as a group at least once a week for 2 hours
Tutoring 5-8 junior high school students on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays, 4-6pm
Teaching Math or Verbal SAT Prep Courses to 10-15 students on Tuesdays
and/or Thursdays at Riverside Church, 4:30-7:00pm
Tutoring 8 - 10 elementary school through high school age young women on
Wednesdays, 3:30 - 6pm at the offices of Figure Skating in Harlem (FSH) located
at 361 W. 125th St.
Tutoring 8 - 10 FSH elementary school through high school age young women
on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays, 4 - 5pm at Riverbank State Park located at 137th
St. & Riverside Dr.
Mentoring one or more high school seniors by assisting them with college
applications/essays and financial aid

Please check the days you will be available to volunteer this term:
(Weekday afternoons 4-6pm <flexible> or Saturdays between 10am & 3pm)

Monday   Tuesday   Wednesday   Thursday   Friday
Saturday   Saturday Timeframe:

Check the subjects you would feel comfortable tutoring:

MATHEMATICS
Algebra   Geometry   Trigonmetry   Pre-Calculus   Calculus
AP Calc   SATMath

ENGLISH
Grammar   Reading   Writing   The College Essay   AP English
SAT Verbal 

SCIENCE
Basic-9/10th Grade   Biology   Chemistry   Physics
AP:

SOCIAL STUDIES
Basic-9/10th Grade   US History   US Government   Economics
AP:

FOREIGN LANGUAGE
Spanish   French   German   Italian   Japanese
Level:

OTHER:

Please add any other information you would like us to know about yourself:

REVIEW YOUR FORM AND THEN CLICK "SUBMIT"

   

On-Line Tutor and Mentor Evaluation Form

Please use the on-line evaluation form for general comments only. Any serious concerns should be addressed directly to the Outreach Coordinator or a Full-Time Staff member. Thank you.

COMPLETE THE FORM AND THEN CLICK "SUBMIT"

STUDENT NAME:

VOLUNTEER NAME:

SESSION DATE:

START & END TIME:

VOLUNTEER ACTIVITY

PROBLEMS or PROGRESS

COMMENTS and NEXT MEETING DATE



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