Volunteers play an important role in the success of DDC students. Volunteers and service learning opportunities are available for Barnard-Columbia students, and the community at-large. Volunteers may serve for as little as 2 hours one day a week.
The Double Discovery Students Organization (DDSO), a recognized Columbia student activity, promotes and facilitates Columbia student interaction with DDC students and is integral in the recruitment, training, and provision of all volunteer services. All student volunteers are automatically considered members of the DDSO general body.
Most volunteer activities take place Monday through Friday, between 4 and 6:00 pm, and on Saturdays between 10am and 4pm, as well as other times during the winter break and summer months.
Non-Columbia University volunteers and all those wishing to teach should send a recent resumé and contact information for two professional references.
Volunteer services include, but are not limited to, the list below:
- Teaching a small class of high school students (various subjects) on Saturdays from 10am to 1pm
- One-on-one tutoring of high school students, weekday afternoons or Saturdays
- One-on-one tutoring of middle school students, weekday afternoons or Saturdays
- Tutoring groups of high school students with a team of tutors at least once a week from 4 to 6pm
- Tutoring groups of middle school students with a team of tutors at least once a week from 4 to 6pm
- SAT preparation for 8 to 12 students
- College and career mentoring for small groups of DDC students, usually Fridays from 4 to 6pm
- Career development and financial literacy workshops usually Fridays and Saturdays
- Career resource mentoring and field trips usually Fridays or Saturdays
- Presentation, interview, and communication skills building workshops
- Office, administrative, or fund development support