SJ Engage

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Empower. Act. Make a Difference.

SJ Engage is San José Public Library's program to inspire social action and local civic engagement of teens within their communities.

What Do I Need to Do?

Start making a change and sign up for the SJ Engage Virtual Volunteer opportunity!

teen discussing an issue with an adult mentorBenefits of Participating in SJ Engage include:

  • Make a difference at your library or in your community.
  • Earn volunteer hours learning about local and current civic topics.
  • Connect with local non-profit organizations that align with the issues you care about.
  • Get inspired to develop a social action project in your community.
  • FREE!



SJ Engage: Gun Violence in the United States

About 640,000 violent crimes are committed with guns each year. Some believe gun-control laws can reduce the bloodshed. Others believe that guns protect Americans and laws should be less strict.

SJ Engage: Immigration in the United States

The United States is the most diverse nation on Earth. Immigrants have enriched our culture and added to our productive capacity, enhancing our influence in the world.

SJ Engage: Homelessness and Poverty

In 2014 it was reported that 1 in every 30 children were homeless at some point in 2013. Many advocates blame the country’s high poverty rate on a lack of affordable housing, among other causes.

SJ Engage: Mental Health

Most people believe that mental health conditions are rare and “happen to someone else." However, an estimated 54 million Americans suffer from some form of mental health condition in a given year.

SJ Engage: 2020 U.S. Census

The decennial U.S. census is the population count that is Constitutionally required to occur every ten years. The information obtained is the basis for reapportionment and redistricting in Congress.

SJ Engage: Global Climate Change

Climate change’s effects are far-reaching and varied and touch virtually every aspect of life on the earth: heat waves, rising sea levels, desertification, melting ice, and even mass extinction.

SJ Engage: Laptop Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the SJ Engage Laptop Contest!

SJ Engage: Voting 101

It's election season in the United States and a good time for teens to understand why local and national politics matter and the core principles on how our democracy and elections work.