Volunteer with the Double Discovery Center

Columbia University and Barnard College Students

Experience the life-changing impact that comes from helping New York City high school students get to, through, and beyond college.

Available Opportunities 


Mentors assist 11th grade students with navigating the college exploration and application process by helping students find their best fit schools, develop balanced college lists, draft their personal statement, and apply to scholarships and summer programs. Mentors and DDC students are matched based on shared academic and personal interests and students’ needs. 


2 – 4 hours per week; 4 – 6pm 

Recruitment beginning in October 

Mentorship matching process begins mid-January and mentorship concludes at the end of April

  • Application
  • Interview
  • Pass Background Check
  • Complete Protection of Minors Certificate
  • Attend Orientation


    DDC tutors provide high school students (individuals or groups of approximately 3-5 students) with Columbia campus-based tutoring in specific content areas. Tutors hold interactive, one-on-one  appointments across high school academic disciplines. During these appointments, tutors will focus on supporting students' content skills for their current  classes while offering an opportunity for students to be exposed to college-level coursework.


    4 – 6 hours per week; Mondays–Fridays, 4 – 6PM 

    Begins in October 

    • Academic expertise in any of the following: Math (Algebra, Geometry, Calculus); History (Global, U.S.); Literature; Science (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics); SAT; and Writing.   
    • Undergo Columbia’s Mandatory Background Check
    • Complete Protection of Minors Training
    • Attend New Tutor Orientation


    Community Volunteers

    Non-Columbia University volunteers should send a recent resumé and two professional references to [email protected]. Double Discovery Alumni and former volunteers looking to get involved can reconnect with the DDC here. For all other Alumni support, see our Alumni page!

    Click here to make a financial contribution to the Double Discovery Center

    "overall, I have gained so much confidence, experience, and skill from my mentors and all of the courses I took at DDC."