Who We Are

DDC is a comprehensive college access program that prepares first generation youth from low income communities in the New York City area to succeed in getting to, through, and beyond college.

Since our inception in 1965, we have expanded our programming to continuously meet the academic and social-emotional needs of our students and families. Currently, we are partnered with several local schools and serve nearly 1000 students across the New York City area annually.

How the Double Discovery is Achieved

An important feature of our program model is the mutual learning opportunity between Barnard College, Columbia University, and New York City high school students. This is the essence of double discovery.

Our Mission 

To prepare first-generation students from low income and under-resourced communities with the skills and guidance needed to succeed in and out of the classroom. 

Our Vision 

A world where all students have access to the resources they need to achieve their academic aspirations and beyond. 

Why Double Discovery 

We provide a space for rigorous exploration and respectful challenge and advocacy of new ideas and diverse perspectives. Through our programs both Columbia and NYC students acquire the skills and agency to create sustainable pathways to success and life-changing experiences. That holistic learning process lays the groundwork for a more just and equitable society.  

Benefits of Double Discovery 

When we double our discovery, we double our impact