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Double Discovery Center

  • Double Discovery Center
  • 2920 Broadway
  • New York, NY 10027
  • 5166761460
  • Karli McMenamin
  • Counselor, Talent Search
  • 5166761460

Program Description

Founded in 1965 as Project Double Discovery, the program was the creation of Columbia undergraduates moved by the disparities between their Ivy League institution and an impoverished Harlem community. Our goals now, as they were then, are high school graduation, college enrollment and completion, career preparation, and responsible adulthood. We accomplish these goals with daily tutoring, extra-curricular clubs, workshops, college trips and mentoring, and SAT test prep. All programs are either run by Columbia undergraduate volunteers or DDC staff.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Arts and cultural
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • Community service/service hours
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants
  • Science, tech, engineering, & math (STEM)


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 450
  • Middle School: 25
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing


  • More than 75%