This month, congratulations are in order for CTN and its supporters! CTN has been awarded $300,000 to bring technology programming to twenty-six senior centers in San Francisco, and Kami Griffiths has been recognized as Young Executive Director of the Year by the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of the Bay Area. Keep reading to learn more about these outstanding accomplishments and the important work CTN is doing to offer more people access to all the Internet has to offer.

CTN Connect: Successful Senior Technology Programs

In light of its recent award of $300,000, CTN is showing its support for organizations that are developing programs to support older adults in the Bay Area by hosting a CTN Connect event on November 22 at 4pm, locations TBD. Join us to connect with others who are interest in supporting San Francisco’s aging community through technology access and training, and to learn more about this topic. This event is completely free and light refreshments will be provided. Read more about this event here and let us know if you are coming!

Kami Griffiths, Young Executive Director of the Year

Kami Griffiths was recognized by the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of the Bay Area for her "outstanding leadership and commitment to the nonprofit sector." YNPN supports and recognizes leaders in the Bay Area nonprofit community, and Kami was recognized for her tireless and innovative work in the area of digital inclusion. Though this is Kami’s first opportunity to serve as an Executive Director, CTN is currently thriving under her vision and leadership.

CTN’s Program Coordinator, Winifred Olliff, Executive Director, Kami Griffiths and Board Member, Rand Montoya at YNPN’s Annual Party.

CTN Welcomes two Outstanding Board Members

Keshav Malani, a Senior Consultant at Deloitte, recognizes what a critical role technology plays in both his work life and his personal life, which drives him to work with CTN to educate others about technology and eliminate the technology literacy divide.

Pankaj Kedia, as Director of Global Ecosystem Programs for Mobile Internet at Intel, has marketed many of Intel’s most popular and cutting edge technology products. Pankaj connects to CTN through his passion for technology, marketing and innovation.

CTN’s $300,000 Federal Stimulus Award

The City and County of San Francisco will receive Federal Stimulus funds to increase access to computers, broadband, and training in San Francisco’s low-income communities. Through a partnership with the Department of Aging, CTN will receive $300,000 to help establish quality technology programs at twenty-six senior centers by assisting the centers with acquiring and setting up equipment, and by training and managing a cadre of skilled technology volunteers to serve San Francisco’s seniors. Thanks to CTN, thousands of older adults will have access to free training that will help them overcome the challenges of isolation and access opportunities and services. Read more here.

Volunteer Program

This fall, CTN launched critical improvements to their Volunteer Program, including a newly designed basic training for technology volunteers. At this training, CTN volunteers have an opportunity to meet one another, to gain insight into their future work as volunteers, and to explore ideas related to working with new computer users.

Long-time volunteer Jennifer Riggs facilitates CTN’s first volunteer training of 2010.

Volunteers are still needed to serve San Francisco’s low-income and aging communities by training motivated individuals to use technology to improve their lives. If you are interested in learning more about the CTN Volunteer Program and how you can make a difference, attend our CTN Orientation on November 15. Contact with questions about this event or to RSVP.

Partnership with Mid-Peninsula Housing

CTN is reaching out to communities in the South Bay through a partnership with Mid-Peninsula Housing to improve technology programs for low-income individuals who need technology services. Kami Griffiths and Mikael Wagner led a training with service coordinators to help them understand how to best develop thriving technology programs for older adults.

Trainer, Mikael Wagner, at Mid-Pennisula Housing service coordinator training in Mountain VIew.

If you manage a computer center and are looking for training, volunteers, or curricula, Email Kami Griffiths for information on how to connect with CTN:

CTN would like to extend its warmest thanks to the Salesforce Foundation for its generous sponsorship of $5,000. Do you know of an organization that might be interested in sponsoring CTN or contributing to CTN’s programs? Consider making a contribution yourself, and encourage your friends and colleagues to get involved today. Click here to make a secure online donation.


Kami Griffiths, Executive Director

Winifred Olliff, Program Coordinator