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Mission: Community Tech Network (CTN) unites organizations and volunteers to transform lives through digital literacy. CTN works with a variety of organizations across the San Francisco Bay Area and Central Texas to close the digital divide. CTN provides a range of services to address technology related issues faced by underserved communities. Our services include program planning, staff training, volunteer training, fund development, community outreach and evaluation support. Our partners include housing developments, senior centers, social service agencies and other community-based organizations. Learners gain skills essential to full participation in our 21st-century society such as how to access public services online, job-searching techniques, online education, and interacting with others online safely. Additionally, users are able to stay connected to family and friends around the world.

Target demographics: Transform lives through digital literacy

Geographic areas served: San Francisco & Austin

Programs: Digital Skills Training: As technology becomes more ingrained in how we access essential services, research information and communicate with friends and family, we need to recognize that not everyone understands how to use the tools or will be able to figure it out themselves. The myriad of different devices, programs, apps, and operating systems makes gaining basic digital skills challenging and maintaining those skills even more difficult. Understanding WHY the internet is important and HOW it can positively impact someone's life is a key factor in getting individuals to invest in becoming digitally literate. Compassionate, patient instruction is key.

Connect @ Home: Being connected to the internet at home, having a device that meets your needs, and knowing how to use this combination independently and safely is a high priority for CTN. While having access to the internet through public computers has many benefits, home connection opens a world of opportunity to people with mobility and schedule constraints. But getting connected (device and internet access) isn't always easy. This is especially difficult for older adults and people who have low levels of income or education. Coupling digital literacy with other in-home services bridges a significant gap for the most marginalized and most in need.

Developing Digital Leaders: Addressing the digital skills gap in underserved communities requires a large and diverse team of trainers who develop trust and rapport with uncertain learners. Our digital trainers represent the communities we serve because they also live in those communities, speak their languages and know their customs. A majority of our trainers are volunteers who receive substantial training to understand how to work with new computer users, an orientation at their placement location, access to training videos, and monthly training opportunities. Developing and supporting skilled instructors is central to delivering effective learning experiences.

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4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Raphael House is a residential program for homeless families. The gift of CTN is an integral component of our mission to help families achieve economic self-sufficiency. It’s critically important in today’s economy for all individuals to have access to reliable resources that will afford them the opportunity to acquire skills or upgrade existing skills. Such opportunities have an additional benefit for individuals – along with developing and improving their hard skills, they are able to develop and improve their soft skills. Our partnership with CTN is a gift that keeps on giving. From the bottom of my heart, thank you, CTN.

Karen Dick
Workforce Development Specialist

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Working with CTN we have been able to provide more classes for our guests due to their ability to find and train highly skilled volunteers. Also, through CTN’s extensive network we have been able to brainstorm with other service providers and develop stronger service plans.

craig newmark


Rating: 4

People in underserved communities sometimes need a hand with technology, and these guys are her to provide that.

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Rating: 5

These guys provide serious tech help for underserved communities.