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Though we all now know that Ivies are the world’s worst charities, they still offer plenty of ways to be good people! Community Impact is currently recruiting for its volunteer team, so for the price of 3-10 hours per week you can help New Yorkers get their GEDs or improve their English. Check out these programs and if you’re interested, email Juanita Erb atĀ [email protected] to set up an interview.

Adult Education Programs

College Road volunteers assist adult education students in conducting college searches and applying to college. Volunteer commitment of 2 hours/week, M-F, day/evening hours.

ESL Program volunteers teach basic to advanced level English classes for non-English speaking adults. Volunteer commitment of 3-4 hours/week. M-Th, day/evening.

GED Program helps adults achieve high school equivalency diplomas and move on to college and employment. Volunteers teach high school level Literature &Writing, Mathematics, Science or Social Studies. Volunteer commitment of 3-4 hours/week, M-Th.

Computer Training Program helps adults gain the basic computer skills they need to bridge the digital divide and compete for jobs that require computer literacy.Ā Ā Volunteers teach classes or assist regular teachers by providing one-on-one assistance in the computer lab.Ā Volunteer commitment of 2 ā€“ 6 hours a week M-F, day & evening at computer labs on and off campus.

Specific Volunteer Opportunities

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Volunteer Coordinator: Assist in the coordination of the GED, ESL , College Road or Computer Training programs. Recruit, train and mentor volunteers. Attend Town Hall meetings and Open House Events. Be the ā€œfaceā€ of our programs on campus (approximately 5-10 hours per week).

Volunteer GED Teacher: Teach Math, Reading/Writing, Science or Social Studies from 10:30am-1:00pm or 6:00pm-8:00pm (approximately 2-3 hours per week).

Volunteer GED Tutor: Tutor GED students in Math, Reading/Writing, Science or Social Studies from 1:00pm-3:00pm or 5:00pm-6:00pm (approximately 1-2 hours per week).

Volunteer ESL Teacher: Teach Grammar, Listening, Reading or Writing from 4:00pm-6:00pm or 6:00-8:00pm (approximately 2-3 hours per week).

Volunteer ESL Conversation Facilitators: Lead and facilitate discussions in order help students improve their English speaking skills from 5:00pm-6:00pm or 6:00pm-7:00pm (approximately 1-2 hours per week).

Volunteer College Road Mentors: Mentor exceptional GED and ESL students for 15 hours a semester. Mentors serve as role models and provide guidance, encouraging students to overcome barriers toĀ college admissions.

Computer Teacher: Teach basic computer skills in either Introduction to Computers, WORD or Excel (5 hours minimum commitment daytime & evening hours M-F.)

Computer Lab Assistant:Ā Ā Provide one-on-one computer assistance in WORD or Excel classes (2 per week)


  1. Neuroscience Teaching Program  

    If you're interested in working with fun and engaging middle schoolers and think that neuroscience is fascinating, you might enjoy being a teacher for Columbia Science Outreach. We teach at multiple schools in Manhattan on Friday afternoons. We work from a curriculum that we designed ourselves and are open to new lessons. It is not necessary to have experience or to be neuroscience/psychology major.

    We will train you! Transportation and supplies are covered.

    Send all inquiries to columbia.science.outreach AT gmail DOT com or ymg2108 AT columbia DOT edu

  2. Anonymous

    You can also check out more ways to volunteer at Columbia's first comprehensive volunteer database! http://communityimpactatcu.org/groups/cuvol/

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