Engagenj is a Jersey Strong Plan...
overseen by New Jersey Campus Compact (NJCC) focused on increasing by
at least 3,000 the number of civically engaged college graduates by 2023 – that’s 3,000 more people
ready to thrive in a 21st century workplace.
(501 c 3) corporation, NJCC is a presidents’ higher education coalition whose mission is to
further community prosperity through purposeful civic and community engagement. Underlining
everything we do is an unwavering commitment to collaborative action aimed at fostering community
prosperity through the sustained efforts of an informed and accountable citizenry.
is working with partners in education, business, and government to ensure we are JERSEY STRONG – by linking volunteerism to educational excellence in order to produce the leading 21st century workforce in the nation ... so ENGAGE WITH US to make this a success!
“EngageNJ is here to showcase the incredible role that civic engagement is playing to build a
prosperous state. New Jersey is on the path to becoming the leading engaged state in the nation – one
that links volunteerism and educational excellence to produce a generation of graduates uniquely
qualified to thrive in the state’s 21st century workplace.”
Dr. Saul Petersen, Executive Director
Students that take classroom learning and apply knowledge to real-world experience, are more capable of thriving in the workplace. These graduates have worked (and often struggled) in teams, have reflected on experiences with mentors, have produced outcome-based projects in collaboration with local employers, have navigated vastly different perspectives and lived experiences. Civically engaged graduates are more persistent, pragmatic, creative, flexible, humble, communicative, and self-aware than those who don’t regularly volunteer for a cause. Connecting civic engagement to education leads to greater commitment to completing your education, to committing to local communities, to enhancing academic attainment, and to being a better co-worker.
gift of supporting the engaged graduate - ready to thrive in the workplace and help in their communities - is that this work cares nothing for privilege. In fact, the more variation in culture and lived experiences among our civically engaged college graduates, the better for everyone. Success in the 21st century comes from being adaptable to different experiences, from understanding differing perspectives, from innovating, and especially from struggle. Struggle builds ingenuity. Struggle builds persistence.
AND THE BEAUTIFUL
That’s 3,000 more graduates with opportunities to thrive right here in New Jersey, where the jobs are waiting for the candidate with the right qualities – and civic engagement is a clear path to nurturing the
development of those qualities.
See how we’re already on the path
Changebuilders, with New Jersey Campus Compact and our member institutions, is designed to dramatically increase opportunities for college-going millennials to demonstrate excellence while engaging with and volunteering in communities, thereby enabling them to make a difference in their local communities as Changebuilders.
This will see a surge in the overall number of young socially responsible graduates with the skills required to be successful – both in achieving their own life goals and in their efforts to be part of change for the better.