Our mission is to unite organizations and volunteers to transform lives through digital literacy.
We believe that access to the Internet is a human right and that those without the skills to use a computer are at risk of social and economic disadvantage. As public services and essential information are increasingly moving online, many people are left without access. The pandemic has exacerbated the long-standing disparities of the digital divide– making the need for digital equity more urgent than ever.
Community Tech Network strives to eliminate the digital divide by providing digital skills training while helping our learners acquire home internet and a device. We recognize that access to technology is only a partial solution. Connectivity needs to be coupled with digital skills training that is relevant and accessible to all learners no matter their language, age, or socioeconomic status.
Since 2008 CTN’s mission has been consistent, but the pace of change means the goalposts are constantly shifting. We are committed to using our years of experience to help organizations get their communities online. As we expand our outreach, we aim to establish additional digital inclusion hubs by replicating our model with partners across the nation. Join us in building a more digitally inclusive world for all.
Measuring its impact, CTN surveys show that clients had more access to health information (76%); felt more connected to friends and family (69%); felt more confident living independently (69%); had a better quality of life (72%); and felt happier in general (73%). Also, due to Home Connect’s success, CTN has replicated the program to support its partners to connect their clients to the internet, many of whom are low-income and lack digital literacy skills.
CTN by the numbers since 2017
HOURS OF INSTRUCTION
Our origins can be traced back to 2001 when we started as a program of TechSoup (then called CompuMentor) to address a rapidly growing need for public digital literacy training. In 2007, a community survey indicated an ongoing need for CTN’s digital literacy work, and the transition to charitable status was made. In 2008, Community Tech Network gained its 501(c)3 nonprofit status and became an independent nonprofit organization with grant support from the Full Circle Fund.
The internet has become a central aspect of everyday life. Access to it is no longer a privilege but a right. To meet the increased need, CTN has adapted our model, expanded our team, and widened our reach. In 2017, we spread our sphere of influence beyond San Francisco to the Central Texas area. In 2020 we transformed our programming structure to accommodate remote learning.
Today, CTN is led by an active and diverse Board of Directors comprising community leaders, business leaders, and technology advocates from local nonprofits in both the San Francisco and Austin areas. With more partners, staff members, learners, and volunteers than ever before, CTN is excited to amplify our impact as we seek new partnerships across the nation.
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Our talented team comes from a variety of backgrounds and locations. They are passionate about bringing digital equity to marginalized communities. Many of our employees work completely remotely. Interested in joining the team? Click here to learn more.
ANNA BETH LANE
CARLOS SIVIRA FALCON
CTN is led by an active and diverse Board of Directors comprising community leaders, business leaders, and technology advocates from local nonprofits in both the San Francisco and Austin areas.
DR. ROBERT FRIEDMAN
Since its inception, CTN has grown its scope from a few partners in San Francisco to over 50 that span the wider Bay Area and Austin, TX. Our partners are housing developments, senior centers, recreation centers, libraries and social service agencies. The common factor among all our partners is they are trusted places where people go for services and support. We recognize the need in both cities for the service we provide (train the trainer, curriculum development, staff capacity building and evaluation) specifically to address the basic digital literacy needs in the community. Here is a list of our current partners:
SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, CA
Asian Pacific American Community Center (APACC)
Bayanihan Equity Center
Bayview Senior Services: Rosa Parks Senior Center, Western Addition Senior Center, Dr. George W. Davis Senior Center
Bernal Heights Neighborhood Centers
Booker T Washington Community Service Center
Canon Kip Senior Center
Center For Elders’ Independence
Children’s Council of San Francisco
City of Oakland
City of San Jose
City of Sunnyvale
Community Housing Partnership
Community Living Campaign (CLC)
Community Music Center
Compass Family Services
Curry Senior Center
Episcopal Community Services (ECS)
Golden Gate Senior Services: Castro Senior Center, Richmond Senior Center
Goodwill of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin
Hamilton Family Services
Institute on Aging
IT Bookman Community Center
Jewish Family & Children’s Services
Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly (LBFE)
Lutheran Support Services
Meals On Wheels San Francisco
Mission Neighborhood Centers
Native American Health Center
OnLok: 30th Street Senior Center, Rose Center
Open House SF
Peninsula Volunteers, Inc.
Piedmont Gardens (Human Good)
San Francisco Department of Disability and Aging Services
San Francisco Department of Public Health
San Francisco Housing Development Corporation (SFHDC)
San Francisco Public Library
Senior & Disability Action
Seniors At Home
Sequoia Living: Downtown Senior Center, Aquatic Park Senior Center, Eastern Park Apartments
South of Market Health Center
Sunset Neighborhood Beacon Center
Swords to Plowshares
Tabernacle Community Development Corporation (TCDC)
Tenderloin Housing Clinic
Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC)
UCSF – Mt. Zion
West County Community Services (WCCS)
Western Addition Senior Center
YMCA: Chinatown, Richmond
Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital
AGE of Central Texas
Austin Asian Community Health Initiative
Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry
City of Austin Public Library
Department Community Resource Centers of Texas
East 19th Street Missionary Baptist Church, S.E.N.I.O.R.S for Christ Ministry
Opportunities for Williamson and Burnet Counties
Smithville First United Methodist Church
The Caring Place
With the valued support of our generous funders, Community Tech Network remains poised at the forefront of technological empowerment and education in the San Francisco Bay Area and Austin, TX. We invite the support of any individual or organization that recognizes alignment between our mission and their own. We welcome contributions of time, resources, information, financing, and services, and are always happy to discuss possibilities with our supporters.
California Consumer Protection Foundation
City & County of San Francisco Department of Disability and Aging Services
City & County of San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development
Consumer Technology Association Foundation
$25,000 – $49,999
City of Austin
Crescent Porter Hale Foundation
The Henry Mayo Newhall Found
$10,000 – $24,999
The Barrios Trust
The Christensen Fund
Clover Health Labs
Full Circle Fund
Junior League of San Francisco
Latino Community Foundation
$500 – $9,999
Beneficial State Bank
Craig Newmark Philanthropic Fund