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Community

The BBSA’s goal is to present our members with opportunities to get involved and make a change in our community. Therefore, an integral part of the Black Business Students Association’s mission is to actively serve its community. With all of the opportunities that have been afforded to our members and the incredible talent that our members possess, the BBSA seeks to make a positive impact on the Columbia University and greater New York City community. We must give back now.

Ongoing volunteer opportunities:

The Dunlevy Milbank Community Center is a true community center that needs volunteers every Saturday for their “Study Now, Play Later” Program. In this program volunteers help kids (5-13 years old) with their homework before they participate in basketball or other fitness and cultural programming. 

The IMPACT Coalition is a non-profit career development and mentoring organization that enhances the educational and career opportunities of high school and college students. The IMPACT Coalition is looking for volunteers to assist high school students and their parents in filling out financial aid applications for college.

Brainstorm After-School, Inc. is an academic enrichment program that engages high school students in social action projects and provides them with the comprehensive services needed to graduate from high school and successfully transition into college. Brainstorm is looking for volunteers to tutor high school students in various subjects. The time commitment is two hours a week.

The Harlem Tutorial Program, a volunteer/mentoring program, invites all interested students to sign up to tutor and mentor junior high school students from the Life Sciences Secondary School in East Harlem.

The Harlem YMCA serves the community by providing three major services: Youth and Family Development; Adult Health and Wellness; Hospitality Services and Transitional Housing.  Volunteer opportunities are available in several programs including the tutoring program, computer center as well as group advisors in the Youth in Leadership and Youth Government programs.

Streetwise Partners provides one-on-one job training and mentoring to low-income and/or unemployed individuals with volunteers recruited from prominent corporations and organizations across the country. Streetwise is looking for volunteers to work with young adults, ages 18-24, for 8 weeks leading night sessions for a total of 20 hours on career focused mentoring and computer training for office based employment. Interested students should apply at www.streetwisepartners.org.

Minds Matter of NYC is a not-for-profit mentoring organization that brings bright and motivated inner-city high school students together with dedicated mentors to achieve academic excellence and expand educational horizons. Through weekly mentoring sessions, Minds Matter assists students with the application process to summer college preparatory programs and four-year universities. The organization provides students with an intensive SAT program, essay critiquing, career panels and workshops, field trips and guest speakers. Minds Matter also offers students financial assistance to defray program costs when possible. Ultimately, Minds Matter offers students a positive role model and access to higher educational opportunities.

The Jim Thorpe School Speaker mentor program in which people from various fields come and speak to the students about their personal experiences and how they themselves have overcame obstacles in life.

Sampling Community Service Organizations:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City
Brainstorm After school
Minds Matter
New York Cares
One Brick
Stray from the Heart
Streetwise Partners
The Warm Blanket Organization