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Volunteer Opportunities

Here are some local organizations with volunteer opportunities:

Apex for Youth

Apex for Youth is a non-profit organization that provides mentoring and educational services to low-income immigrant youth.  Make a difference in the lives of underserved children in our community!  Tutors are needed for grades 1-12 and mentors, especially male mentors, are needed for middle school and high school students on Saturdays.

Contact Information

Michael Lee, Executive Director

(212) 748-1225 ex.105


Community Impact

Are you looking for community service hours that you can do on the Columbia campus? Volunteer at Community Impact and help make a difference in the neighboring community.

We are looking for tutors, co-teachers, and lead teachers to educate individuals in the areas of high school mathematics and language arts. Minimum volunteer commitment is anywhere from 1-2 and 1/2 hours per week.

If you are interested in learning more about the organization and program, please visit

If you are interested in volunteering, fill out the following application: Summer 2014 Volunteer Application.

Everybody Wins! NY

Everybody Wins! New York pairs caring adult mentors with children in local elementary schools
for weekly reading and mentoring. Volunteers commit to reading with the same child for one
hour every week or every other week throughout the school year.

As a result of the friendships they build with their “reading partners,” kids learn to love reading,
their literacy skills improve, and their self-confidence grows. Their lives are changed forever.

Training and background check required.

Contact Persons:

Princess Taylor, Program Associate
(212) 965-2295


Girls Inc.

Girls Incorporated of New York City needs volunteers for their after-school program at the UAI, which is in Downtown Brooklyn.  The GINYC website ( has the information and link for our on-line application for volunteers.

Contact Persons:
Volunteer Coordinator


Go Projects

The GO Project strives to level the playing field for low-income, underperforming public school students by providing year-round, comprehensive academic assistance and social services to 550 elementary and middle school students year round. GO’s summer school, Saturday tutoring program, and family support components give children and families from Lower Manhattan public schools the guidance they need to achieve grade level standards and to successfully navigate the NYC public school system.

On Saturday mornings from October to April, GO brings the love of learning to life at 4 partner schools. As more than 550 children greet each other and take their seats, our dedicated teachers and volunteer tutors welcome them and begin three hours of intensive lessons designed to empower each student as they build essential skills. Our model is unique; GO's professional teachers initiate lessons with students that are continued in small groups led by trained volunteers. Starting in January, we have afternoon one-to-one tutoring from 1pm-3pm for students who are at risk of failing the year.

The GO Project relies on members of our community to donate their time to help make our program a success. Volunteers are essential to helping us provide the small group and individualized instruction that are the cornerstone of our model. We are always looking for community members to join our team.

Contact Persons:

Olivia Nunez, Director of Community Engagement
(347) 377-2317


Harlem Lacrosse and Leadership

Harlem Lacrosse and Leadership (“HLL”) is a 501(c)(3) youth service organization that uses lacrosse to build leadership skills and social responsibility among at-risk youth from Harlem and the Bronx. HLL provides lacrosse instruction, tutoring, mentoring and academic advising to 145 students from two Harlem middle schools: Frederick Douglass Academy I (“FDA”) and P.S./ M.S. 149 the Sojourner Truth School (“Truth”).  We believe supporting student development in middle school closes the achievement gap in the short-term and builds a foundation for success in high school and beyond. Volunteers will tutor individual students after-school or during study hall, or assist the Program Directors and FDA Girls' Head Coach at after-school and weekend lacrosse practices. Contact Louie Sawi at or 757-615-6341

Leake & Watts

Leake & Watts

Become a Mentor today with Leake & Watts, a community based, non-profit organization in New York City, committed to addressing a myriad of challenges that confront individuals and families dealing with poverty, disabilities, and a lack of access to education and basic services.

Contact Persons:

Meredith Barber

Let's Get Ready (LGR)

Let's Get Ready (LGR) is a free college prep program for low-income students.  LGR mobilizes and trains college student volunteers to be the "Coaches," mentors, and role-models who provide both SAT instruction and college
admissions guidance, as well as the encouragement and inspiration that students need to succeed. To date, LGR has served over 10,000 students at sites from Philadelphia to Maine and this Spring we will be working with students throughout New York City.

Over the past few years, LGR has had a partnership with both Columbia University and Barnard College.  This spring semester we are still in need of Verbal and Math coaches for these two sites. If you could please post this opportunity, it would be much appreciated.  Below is a description of the coach responsibilities and time commitment.

*Coaches: *LGR coaches work intensively with a group of 5-7 high school juniors one night a week from February through the first week of May and teach either *Math or Critical* Reading and Writing content.  We provide the training, materials, and curriculum.  This is a wonderful opportunity for students looking to get practical teaching experience and a fulfilling service opportunity that makes a concrete difference in the lives of our students.  Coaches must have scored a 600 in the subject that they would like to coach - *math or verbal*.  If students are interested, they should email Marissa at You can also visit our website at for more information.

New York Cares

New York Cares

Help give kids a strong foundation for academic achievement. New York Cares' Children's Education projects help New York City's underserved children develop their academic skills at an early age, improving their chances of getting into college and preparing them for future success.

Contact Persons:

Volunteer Relations
(212) 228-5000



NYC H2O is a 501(c)(3) that offers 'experiential learning' programs about NYC's water system and ecology. We lead tours of the historic reservoirs in city parks such as Central park and the Ridgewood Reservoir. We plan to expand our programs for public school groups.

Contact Information:

Matthew Malina

Project Cicero

Project Cicero,, is a non profit which runs an annual book distribution drive for under-resourced NYC public schools. Over the past 13 years, we have distributed 2 million books to 11,000 classrooms serving 500,000 students. The weekend of March 7th, 8th and 9th, 1,200 public school teachers from all boroughs come collect books for their classroom at the Hotel Pennsylvania (7th ave and 33rd st).

As this project is run completely with volunteers, we are asking for a team(s) from TC who would be interested in signing up to help. We have open slots for preparation days on Friday 3/7, and distribution on Saturday 3/8 and Sunday 3/9.

The team can be 4 people or 20. You can stay 2 hours or all day, no limits or max. Volunteers will help organize, display and distribute gently used books to teachers with over 150,000 books being processed in 3 days.
It is fun, It is satisfying, It's a New York City unique event. Come be part of the happening!

Our sign up link for a Group is:

Our sign up link for individuals is:

Star Learning Center

Star Learning Center

Star Learning Center, a program of Goddard Riverside Community Center, offers tutoring to low-income students by using volunteer tutors.

84th Street Goddard Day Camp Volunteer Opportunity:
From 7/1/14 to 8/13/14 the Goddard Day Camp will be running small group tutoring for their students on building and retaining reading skills. They are looking for tutors three mornings a week- Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30-9:30 am. They will provide all of the materials, curriculum and specific diagnostic information on each student. They are looking for volunteers who have some background in teaching or tutoring who would be interested in leading one of their groups. Volunteers will be trained to use The AfterSchool KidzLit program, a reading enrichment program designed specifically for use in out-of-school settings.

One-to-one tutoring:
Volunteers needed to tutor low-income children in grades 2-12 in various academic subjects.  Tutoring will begin on June 30 and end August 15.  Your commitment will be for one day, two hours per week.  Tutoring will take place during the following days/times:
Monday 1-7, Tuesday and Wednesday 10-1 & 3-6, Thursday 12-6 and Friday 10-12.

Contact Information:

Deena Hellman
Director, Star Learning Center
Goddard Riverside Community Center
26 West 84th Street
New York, NY 10024
212 799 2369 X303

Street Squash

Street Squash

Help squash barriers to academic success! One of the most important components of our program is the weekly homework assistance our students receive. Our volunteers are vital to the success of this program as they provide individual attention to our students and help with their evening assignments. Volunteers work with 1-2 6th-12th grade students at a time on their assigned homework under the supervision of our academic directors. 

Contact Person:

Clair Oblamski, Volunteer Coordinator
(212) 289-4838 , 208

Union Settlement

Union Settlement

Located in East Harlem: 104th and 3rd Avenue


The Pajama Program

We invite volunteers who would like to share their love of reading with the children we serve in NYC. The reading party starts with Circle Time introductions by children and volunteers and then we get reading! During the event the children receive a snack of organic juice & crackers, and at the end they walk away with a book of their choice.

How to apply:
Contact Daisy Rodríguez at and let her know if you'd like to volunteer. ALL volunteers are asked to take a background check (at no cost to you) & fill out our Volunteer Info Form to be able to attend the reading parties.

These organizations are not affiliated with the Office of Student Activities & Programs at Teachers College, Columbia University.