Getting Involved

NYCCEP has designed a number of initiatives to involve students, faculty, staff, alumnae, and the community in the various aspects of the program. NYCCEP has also created strategic partnerships with programs both on- and off-campus to ensure that our students have access to as many opportunities as possible.

We encourage you to find the program that best matches your skills and goals - and if you're not sure, we can help you think it through! Visit each link below to learn more.


Alternative Break Program (ABP) 

Offered in conjunction with Columbia University's Office of Student Life and Student Engagement, the ABP is a student-led, and administrator-managed, program that provides programmatic and financial support for students' to develop and engage in domestic or international service experiences over fall, spring, or summer breaks.


America Reads/America Counts (ARAC)

American Reads is a national initiative that challenges every American to help our elementary-aged students to read at grade level.  Barnard students serve as tutors in reading or math in local public schools and/or after school programs and are eligible to utilize their Federal Work Study awards for the program. Students may also volunteer for ARAC if they have not received a Federal Work Study award.


Barnard Bike-A-Thon

Each year, the stationary Bike-A-Thon brings together staff, faculty, and students for a day of fundraising and fun! 100% of donations benefit Columbia Community Service and help our neighbors in need. This annual event is a partnership between a number of departments and professionals across campus. 


Barnard Reach Out (BRO)

The Barnard Reach Out program for new students matches incoming first-years and transfer students with service agencies throughout the city in early Fall each year.  These agencies include parks, shelters, soup kitchens, clothing pantries, and various advocacy organizations. BRO provides new students with a chance to meet their classmates, immerse themself in New York City, and make an impact with a community organization.


Civic Engagement Fellowship

Each year, three to six Civic Engagement Fellows are selected to participate in this highly selective social justice and professional development fellowship. The Fellow spearhead NYCCEP programming, develop their own social justice projects, and serve as ambassadors of civic engagement across campus. 


Community-Based Federal Work Study (CBFWS) Program

The CBFWS Program allows students with a Federal Work Study award to get paid for placements at local non-profit organizations. 


Extended Barnard Reach Out (EBRO) 

This competitive, 10-week program brings together a group of 15-20 first-year and transfer students to serve, learn, and reflect together about a specific issue faced in New York City.  Students learn about the epidemiology of social issues, the different methods currently being used to address it, and the policies in place at the federal, state, and local levels. Participants then engage in service to address the issue, encompassing all of NYCCEP's Pathways to Service.


MLK Legacy Week

MLK Legacy Week features 5 days of learning and service. Each day will highlight one of our pathways to service, and we’ll be hosting a variety of off-campus service activities, on-campus events, and daily tabling and outreach to build community and raise awareness. MLK Legacy Week is also a great opportunity to celebrate the social justice work that is already happening on campus.


President's Volunteer Service Award 

NYCCEP is proud to announce that Barnard College is a certifying organization for the President's Volunteer Service Award (PVSA). The PVSA provides dedicated volunteers with the recognition they deserve for their commitment to the community.