Library - Joyce Ellington Branch

Programmatic - Teens Reach

Teens Reach provides a key way for young adults to build their leadership skills by developing and participating in library activities, as well as becoming library advisors and advocates. Be part of a fun volunteering opportunity for teens between the ages of 13-18. Earn community service credit while supporting the library by assisting with library programs, promotion, and representing the library's teen point-of-view. Attend our monthly meetings and have your say!


  • Age must be between the ages of 13-18 years old
  • Have a strong interest in the library and/or serving their community
  • Enjoy working with people of all ages and cultures
  • Be willing to learn new skills
  • Create online volunteer account and log volunteer service hours in online volunteer management software
  • Submit paperwork signed by parent/guardian
  • Attend in person volunteer orientation


  • Gain new skills such as: program management, organizing, communication, and leadership skills
  • Receive community service hours
  • Learn about other volunteer opportunities associated with the San Jose Public Library and City of San José


  • Attend monthly Teens Reach meetings, meeting schedules can be found here
  • Assist with library programs
  • Help create and/or host programs for the library community
  • Prepare and help host craft programs for children and teens
  • Assist with Friends of the Library Book Sales

Qualifications Required

  • Age Must be at least 13+