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The Double Discovery Center is a holistic college prep program that equips first generation students from low income communities in Harlem and Washington Heights with academic enrichment, socio-emotional learning, and a long-term network of support, all while expanding the perspectives of our students and ourselves. 


25,000 individuals

have benefited from DDC’s college access programming.


of DDC high school seniors graduate on time and enter college the following fall semester – far surpassing city, state and national outcomes for low-income, first-generation college-bound and minority students.  


in scholarships and grants awarded to DDC graduates in 2020 

We believe that when we bring our diverse experiences and perspectives to the table, we can better engage, learn from, and impact one another. DDC gives Columbia and Harlem and Washington Heights students, alike, the skills and agency to create sustainable pathways for their success beyond just academics, and life-changing experiences that lay the groundwork for a more just and equitable society.