The CUNY Service Corps is mobilizing CUNY students to work on projects that improve the short and long-term civic, economic and environmental sustainability of New York City and of its residents and communities. Our Service Corps members make a meaningful difference through service while gaining valuable real-work experience, earning a wage, and where appropriate, receiving college credit. The CUNY Service Corps launched in the fall of 2013 with 719 students. The program now serves students at Borough of Manhattan Community College, City College of New York, College of Staten Island, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Lehman College, New York City College of Technology, and Queens College.
Service Corps projects are focused on meeting the city’s most pressing needs in four thematic areas: community and public health, the city’s built and green infrastructures, education of children and adults, and economic development. In addition, Service Corps projects help support participating students’ success in college and preparation for the workplace by offering students valuable work experience and exposure to real-world careers. Service Corps students participate in a pre-service training and receive ongoing supports that make meaningful links between project placements, college coursework and majors, and students’ civic and professional goals.