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 by joining your library’s Teens Reach group!

Work with your library’s Teens Reach chapter to learn more about some of the civic topics below and help develop and implement an SJ Engage social action project.

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 issues you care about.
  • Create a social action project with a Teens Reach group and make your voice heard.
  • FREE!



SJ Engage: Gun Violence in the United States

Americans possess more than 200 million firearms. Each year about 640,000 violent crimes, including 16,000 murders are committed with guns, mostly handguns. Some people believe gun-control laws, which

SJ Engage: Immigration in the United States

The United States is the most diverse nation on Earth. It has been built by millions of immigrants coming to our shores from all the nations of the world. Immigrants have enriched our culture and cont

SJ Engage: Homelessness and Poverty

In November 2014, the National Center on Family Homelessness reported that one child in every thirty—or 2.5 million children in the U.S.—were homeless at some point in 2013. Many advocates blame the c

SJ Engage: Mental Health

Most people believe that mental health conditions are rare and “happen to someone else." In fact, mental health conditions are common and widespread. An estimated 54 million Americans suffer from some