Projects with Local Partners

Leveraging Local Partnerships

 Across Columbia, schools, centers, and institutes, partner with government and community groups to apply knowledge for society's benefit.   

From strengthening health outcomes to combating mass incarceration to expanding pathways to higher education for first generation students, the range of initiatives that leverage New York ties are benefiting society in diverse ways.  

Featured Initiatives

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Double Discovery Center College Tour
Double Discovery Center

A holistic college prep program for students from low income communities in upper Manhattan.

City/Community Partners: Park East High School, Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics, Community Health Academy of the Heights, Thurgood Marshall Academy for Learning & Social Change, Urban Assembly, School for the Performing Arts

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Columbia-Harlem Small Business Development Center

Offers free counseling and technical assistance for new and growing businesses in New York County. 

City/Community Partner: U.S. Small Business Administration

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Four of the five incoming Bundles Scholars in 2022. From left to right: Patricia Marte, Tiffany Parkes, Glenna Meeks, and Abby Oulton. Photo by Bruce Gilbert.
A'Lelia Bundles Community Scholars at Columbia University

Opportunity for upper Manhattan scholars to receive a three-year affiliation with Columbia and access to resources as they work on a project or skill that relates to or benefits their community. 

City/Community Partners: ProjectArt, Well Educator, Harlem Maker Expo, PromiseLand Project, INCLUSIVE, Mixtape Museum, Harlem Wellness Center

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Justice Ambassadors Youth Council
Collaborative Change for Justice

Collaborates with community partners to reduce the national reliance on mass incarceration and to support new approaches to justice and safety.

City/Community Partners: Justice Ambassador Youth Council, Inside Criminal Justice

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Image: Shutterstock

Project working to create a city-scale advanced wireless testbed for real-world experimentation on new wireless technologies and applications.

City/Community Partners: NYCMesh, NYC Office of Technology and Innovation, CCNY: Grove School of Engineering, Wyant College of Optical Sciences, Silicon Harlem, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center

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Project STAY 

An initiative that provides free sexual health services to all youth and young adults in NYC!

City/Community Partners: New York Presbyterian Hospital, Harlem Health Promotion Center (HHPC)


        More Partnerships


        Pandemic Response Institute 

        • City/Community Partner: New York City government


        Center for Smart Streetscapes 

        • City/Community Partner: Harlem’s 125th Street Business Improvement District


        Resilient Coastal Communities Project


        Entrepreneurial Design Thinking 

        • City/Community Partner: New York City Department of Probation