COLUMBIA COMMUNITY SERVICE

Annual Appeal

Being a good neighbor by assisting local nonprofit organizations is an important part of Columbia's mission. Columbia Community Service is one of the oldest organizations on campus.

Our yearly campaign is a means for faculty and staff of Barnard College, Columbia University and Teachers College to support soup kitchens, after-school programs, and more critical services, through direct financial contributions.

With the University covering all administrative expenses, 100% of the contributions go directly to services. The grants awarded by CCS are for direct services only, and not for salaries.

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CCS AGENCY SPOTLIGHT

FRIENDS OF THE CHILDREN

 

Friends of the Children New York is 12-year-old Harlem-based agency with a mission to "change the destiny of New York City’s most vulnerable children…one child at a time". It is an early intervention program that systematically screens and engages children, as kindergarteners, who are at the greatest risk of eventually dropping out of school, being involved with gangs and jail, and teen parent-hood. They provide a trained, paid youth advocate, called a Friend, to work with eight Achievers (the title for the children in the program) one-on-one from kindergarten through high school graduation, a 12-year commitment. Their goal is to get 100% of the Achievers to graduate high school with a plan for their future, having avoided the juvenile justice system, and having put off parenthood for an appropriate age.