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The Double Discovery Center (DDC) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization within Columbia College. DDC works with low-income and first generation college Manhattan area youth (ages 12 - 27) to ensure academic skills building and focus, high school graduation, college entrance and completion, and responsible adulthood.

The Double Discovery Center
Alfred Lerner Hall, Rm. 306
2920 Broadway, MC 2604
New York, NY 10027

Phone: (212) 854-3897
Fax: (212) 854-7457

Columbia administrators, faculty, staff, and students volunteer as reading mentors to children at Harlem elementary schools (P.S. 125 & P.S. 36). Each Columbia volunteer has been matched with a single student and dedicates one hour per week or every other week during their lunch hour to read to students or listen to them read. Orientation/recruitment sessions are held in the fall.
Eligibility Requirements: Students must clear a background check to participate and commit through May [deleted at participating schools must be nominated by teachers.]
Fee(s): No fees
Phone: 212-219-9940

In cooperation with Dominican Sunday, Inc., Columbia's Office of Government and Community Affairs offers a free ESL program to residents of Manhattan Valley. The program assists residents with improving their English language speaking, reading, and writing proficiency skills. The program presently runs three nights a week and Saturday mornings, and currently serves 60 mostly Spanish-speaking residents.
Eligibility Requirements: Manhattan Valley resident
Fees: No fees
Registration/Application: September, January and June
Address: The School at Columbia University, 556 West 110th Street
Phone: 212-749-0781

The GED Preparatory Program seeks to achieve a balance between the immediate goal of helping our students earn their GED diploma and the more long-term goal of producing students who are critical thinkers and articulate speakers and writers. A GED program is also available in Spanish.
Eligibility Requirements: Must be 19 years of age or older; candidates who are 18 years of age may apply, with an additional interview process required. Additional requirements determined by Community Impact.
Registration/Application Deadline: Refer to Community Impact website.
Phone: 212-854-1492