Double Discovery Center

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Educating Children of Promise since 1965

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Our Formula for Success

The Double Discovery Center works with low-income, first-generation college-bound youth from Harlem and Washington Heights to help ensure their success to, through, and beyond college. We leverage and coordinate University resources to provide students with a comprehensive network of support that includes Academic Enrichment, College & Career Success and Healthy Minds & Bodies.

Change a Life

DDC gave me the audacity to think I belong on the Columbia campus.
If it was not for DDC, I would not be where I am now.

Faith A., DDC ’06: BA, Binghamton University; MA, Teachers College, Columbia University


Launched in 1965 during President Johnson’s “War on Poverty” initiative, the Double Discovery Center has remained faithful to its founding mission – increase the rates of high school graduation, and college enrollment and graduation for low-income and first-generation college-bound youth from Harlem and Washington Heights.  

We are proud of what we have accomplished:

  • As of 2019, the Double Discovery Center has made college access and success a reality for over 15,000 individuals. 

  • Every year, about 90% of DDC high school seniors graduate from high school 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. 

  • DDC students have been admitted to the most prestigious institutions of higher learning, from Brown to Harvard to Yale.



We thank all of our donors, supporters, and partners for your continued support that has allowed us to persist in our mission and transform the lives of so many community youth through education.  Without your financial donations, large and small, we wouldn’t be able to meet the college-going needs and aspirations of low-income and first-generation youth from Harlem and Washington Heights. 

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