Greetings,

Economic need, physical limitation, and age barriers are still preventing many people from receiving the benefits of technology. Consider the variety of ways in which you use the internet to enhance your daily life or achieve your own goals. CTN is working hard to make these opportunities available to more people. Please join us, and spread the word about digital inclusion in your community.


CTN CONNECT AT BAY AREA VIDEO COALITION, JULY 26, 5 PM

Join CTN at Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) for an event featuring SF Commons, San Franciscoís new public access television station. Meet with other community technology leaders prior to BAVCís Community Mixer to discuss how to produce material for SF Commons to promote your organizationís mission to a wider audience. See how this resource might benefit the individuals who use your services, especially if your audience has not yet developed a strong internet presence. Learn about the training and resources BAVC offers in this area, then attend the mixer following this event to hear more about BAVC and its programs. This event is free, but registration is required. Click here to learn more about the event, and to register.


ROSEY STUURMANS SHARES HER STORY

ďI believe that everyone should have equal access to jobs, networking, and media. I always took my use of a computer for granted until I started volunteering for CTN and learned about the digital divide. CTN fights for the underserved and helps bridge that gap. While volunteering for CTN, I received a letter from Google awarding CTN $10,000 to run online advertising campaigns. Kami, Kelly, and I spent hours setting up our account for approval and now our ads are running!Ē

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


THANK YOU CELIA, LAURA AND PANKAJ

CTN recognizes the contributions of Board Members Celia Hamman-Cueto, Laura Valdez, and Pankaj Lakhotia, who will no longer continue serving on CTNís Board of Directors, and thanks those board members for their service to CTN and our community. To read about our current staff and board, visit our website.


VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION

CTN conducted its first Volunteer Orientation of 2010, with over 20 enthusiastic participants who learned about CTN, its mission, and how to become involved. Potential volunteers had an opportunity to connect with CTN staff and with each other, to snack and mingle, and to hear first-hand accounts of volunteer experiences. CTN thanks volunteers Kyle Warneck and Kevin Terhune, without whom this event would not have been such an overwhelming success!

CTN provides training and ongoing support to volunteers dedicated to teaching computer classes and serving as computer tutors. If youíre interested in learning more about our volunteer program, contact Winifred or visit our website.



JUNE CTN CONNECT

Over 24 participants joined CTN for its special event on June 13, which focused on two projects of the City-Centered Festival. TenderNoise, that explored the sounds of the Tenderloin through a blend of data sources, types, and impressions, and TenderVoice, which layered narratives from several service providers in the neighborhood. Participants heard from the artists, Mayra Madriz, Shane Myrbeck and Jake Levitas and were inspired by this unique multi-layered approach to community exploration through technology. Read more about these projects here.


ACCESS NOW SUNSET NEIGHBORHOOD COMPUTER HELP DAY
Sunset Neighborhood Beacon Center
July 24, 10 AM - 3 PM


Many low-income seniors in the Sunset are eager to start using the Internet at home, but lack working equipment and affordable software. At this event, certified ReliaTech technicians will diagnose computer problems and make simple repairs to get residents online. Friendly volunteer greeters are needed, as well as volunteer translators (Cantonese or Mandarin). No technical experience necessary, to register email Kari Gray.




HELP CTN PROVIDE ACCESS

This month, CTN recognizes the support of Marc Smolowitz, who provided funding for the purchase of a projector to be used at CTN events, and the Castro Lionís Club, who awarded CTN a $500 grant, pictured above. With the support of Marc, the Castro Lionís Club, and donors like you, CTN can continue to help communities overcome barriers to technology access and achieve their goals. To make a secure tax-deductible donation today, click here. We look forward to hearing from you soon or seeing you at an upcoming event!

Sincerely,

Kami Griffiths, Executive Director

Winifred Olliff, Program Coordinator




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