Greetings,

Summer’s here, and CTN is working harder than ever to provide communities with access to the digital world. Have you scheduled summer classes for your children online this year? Searched Google Maps to locate a community pool? Learned about free outdoor performances online, searched Yelp for the perfect mojito, or booked airline tickets online for a sweet summer getaway?

Many San Franciscans don’t have the skills or access they need to accomplish many things that we take for granted. We’re so happy to be developing new ways to expand our reach, spread our message, and help communities, organizations, and individuals achieve their goals.


CTN CONNECT:
BUILDING COMMUNITY WITH ART + TECHNOLOGY PROJECTS

June 13, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Tenderloin Tech Lab

Learn how a diverse group of community members are using media and technology as a community platform, and meet with other community technology leaders to discuss how you can apply these concepts in your own communities.

Register here to join CTN Connect for this event on this Sunday, June 13 from 1:00-3:00 PM.

VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION
June 21, 6:00 PM, Valencia Gardens Community Room

CTN is please to announce its first Volunteer Orientation of 2010! Participants will learn about the digital divide in San Francisco and the digital inclusion movement (including CTN and its programs), and will be introduced to CTN’s volunteer experience. If you know somebody who may be interested in this cause, please encourage them to register by sending an E-mail with the subject “Registration June 21” to winifred@ctnbayarea.org with their first and last name and E-mail address. Registration is free, but space is limited.


VOLUNTEER KYLE WARNECK SHARES HIS STORY

“I love CTN’s approach to closing the digital divide. The technology gap is more than about passing out computers. It requires building digitally literate communities. CTN gives me a way to be part of the solution.

A fair number of the clients at the Tenderloin Tech Lab are casual laborers. The digital casual laborer has more control of where they work. Having an email address and knowing how to post a craigslist ad can make the difference between some one who’s making it and some one who’s just hanging on. It’s exciting to know that I can have that sort of impact on some one with just an hour or two of instruction.”


Current volunteers, please E-mail comments and success stories to winifred@ctnbayarea.org if you would like to share them with our community.


NEW CTN WEBSITE!

CTN is excited to be launching its new website this June, which includes a search-able directory of computer centers in San Francisco. Other features of this new site include a functional library of online resources. CTN is looking forward to engaging its network in new ways through this fantastic new platform. Explore the new site here.

If you know of a computer center in San Francisco that you would like to make sure is included in this directory, please E-mail winifred@ctnbayarea.org for more information.

CTN CONNECT: MAY EVENT AT LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE BLIND

Is your community technology accessible? Have you ever wondered how you can better assist blind users or users with low vision? Presenters Shen Kuan and Patty Quinonez shed some light on the issue and demonstrated these technologies for those attending the May 17 event, and participants had an opportunity to explore Lighthouse’s accessible lab. Click here to read a full description of the event and to access free resources on accessible technology.


Read about this event on TechSoup’s blog.


BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED
June 11, 1:00 PM, LightHouse for the Blind
Read more about this event here.

CITY CENTERED COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS
June 19, KQED
Participants in this free workshop will learn new media skills to find and tell stories of connection to place. Read more about these workshops here.

GOODWILL'S COMMUNITY JOBS PROGRAM (CJP)
Through September 30, 2010, CJP is placing participants in internships (27-33 hours a week) at non-profit organizations throughout San Francisco. The CJP interns are all paid by Goodwill through stimulus funding and are provided at no cost to participating nonprofits. For more information, please contact John Navarra at (415) 575-4511.


We hope you’re as pleased as we are to watch CTN’s programs grow during this critical time. We are pleased to celebrate the second anniversary of our nonprofit status on June 10 and a $35,000 grant awarded by California Consumer Protection Foundation (CCPF). Thanks to the support of CCPF, we are able to continue to provide high-quality programs and services that create brighter futures for the communities we serve. We hope you will also continue to show your support for CTN. Follow this link to make a secure tax-deductible donation today. Please continue to share your passion for digital inclusion with your own community, and join us at an upcoming event.

Sincerely,

Kami Griffiths, Executive Director


Winifred Olliff, Program Coordinator




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