Sept. 11, nearly 900 students from eight CUNY colleges pledged to serve New York City by joining 135 community organizations through the CUNY Service Corps.

The kickoff ceremony for the year of service was Friday, Sept. 11, in the shadow of the World Trade Center, at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers St., Manhattan. BMCC’s Fiterman Hall, which was destroyed in the 9/11 attacks, was rebuilt and opened in 2012.

CUNY Chancellor James B. Milliken, Borough of Manhattan Community College President Antonio Perez, CUNY Trustee Freida Foster and others, including a former star student volunteer, spoke and led the attendees in college chants and calls to action.

CUNY student members of the Service Corps spend the academic year working with partner organizations such as the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, American Museum of Natural History, Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, Center for Court Innovation and New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where they learn civic responsibility and are guided toward academic and career success. In 2014-15, more than 800 students from eight CUNY colleges provided on-the-ground support to 125 nonprofit and government agency partners, getting paid $12 an hour by CUNY to work 12 hours a week for 24 weeks during the academic year.

Participating colleges include Borough of Manhattan Community College, City College, College of Staten Island, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Lehman College, Medgar Evers College, New York City College of Technology and Queens College.