SJ Engage: Teens Take Action

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Empower. Act. Make a Difference.

SJ Engage is San José Public Library's virtual volunteer opportunity for teens to learn about social action and civic engagement within their communities.

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What Do I Need to Do?

Start making a change and sign up for the SJ Engage Virtual Volunteer opportunity! Follow along with the virtual SJ Engage courses below to learn more about local community issues and resources.



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: 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!