We are really excited to be partnering again this year with the Oakland Public Library on the Ready, Set, Connect! program. In the program’s sixth year, this current cohort of 19 youth are serving throughout Oakland at the following libraries: 81st Street, Asian, Chavez, Dimond, Eastmont, Main, Melrose, Rockridge, and West Oakland. Collectively they speak 10 languages (in addition to English) and range in age from 16 to 24.
Since the program began in 2013, we have made a substantial impact on the digital divide in Oakland. In total we have developed 67 leaders who helped 4,552 community members with their technology-related questions.
“Through our partnership, we’re supporting young people in the acquisition of essential life and job skills, while changing the digital literacy landscape across Oakland. I couldn’t think of two better causes to work towards in partnership with CTN!” says Lana Adlawan, director of teen services for Oakland Public Library.
The program runs for eight months and will provide the youth with 64 hours of professional development, including guest speakers from companies like Adobe, Google, Twitter, and Prezi and at least four site visits to the companies.
We would like to thank the following funders for their recent investment in the program: Western Digital Foundation and Barrios Trust.