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The Double Discovery Center at Columbia College works with low-income and first generation college bound Manhattan area youth from ages 12-27 to ensure high school graduation, college enrollment and completion and responsible adulthood.

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DDC Update - Spring and Fall 2018

June 2018 was Graduation Month at DDC!
Over 125 DDC students graduated from high school and enrolled in top institutions of higher education that include American University, Barnard, Macaulay Honors College at CUNY Lehman, NYU, Seton Hall, Spelman, Temple, and The New School.

  • Ten students developed their professional skills through the Macquarie LEADS internship. Macquarie is a global diversified financial group with a presence in 25 countries
  • Three students received full academic scholarships to attend the Columbia University School of Professional Studies High School Program.
  • Forty students experienced college life through the Upward Bound Summer Residential Academy on the Columbia University campus.

This academic year 2018/2019, we have strengthened and expanded our support to college-bound students
To address the growing needs of our young people, we have made the DDC program model more comprehensive with a focus on three key areas: Academic Enrichment; College & Career Success; and Healthy Minds & Bodies.  Students are engaged in activities across each of these areas throughout the year with Columbia University partners that include Teachers College, the School of the Arts, the School of Social Work, Mailman School of Public Health, the Zuckerman Institute for Brain Research and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. We also work with several nonprofits in New York City that provide students with support at every key juncture in their college & career journey, including Young Audiences New York, New York Cares and BlackFem.

DDC students are off to a great start!
Our current partner NYC public schools include: A Philip Randolph Campus High School, Frederick Douglass Academy, Frederick Douglass Academy II, Global Learning Collaborative, High School for Media & Communications, Maxine Green High School for Arts Imagination & Inquiry, Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing & Visual Arts, and Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School.
This year, DDC will serve more than 1,000 students by helping them to enter their “best fit” college and persist in their college journey to graduation.  DDC will be their partner all the way as they fulfill their potential as productive and civically-engaged citizens. 

We want to thank all of our supporters and partners, especially our donors
Your financial support allows us to achieve our mission and transform the lives of so many of our community youth.
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