CELEBRATING 13 YEARS OF CTN!
On March 3, Community Tech Network turned 13! Since our founding in 2008, we have enlarged our community, greatly expanded our impact, and learned a lot along the way. Today CTN is a teenager, and this year, we had a major growth spurt. The pandemic prompted a rapid transformation of our organization as we shifted to remote programming. To meet the needs of our community, we implemented new approaches and imagined new possibilities. None of this would be possible without our passionate community.
NEW REPORT HIGHLIGHTS THE DIGITAL DIVIDE
We are excited to see a new report, created by Older Adults Technology Services (OATS) and Humana, that provides current data on digital connectivity among older adults. Its key findings help us better understand the digital divide and how we can best address it.
Read more about the report on our blog.
COMMUNITY TECH NETWORK SPOTLIGHT
LEARNER: BRENDA JOYCE
A lifelong traveler, Brenda suddenly found herself unable to maintain her usual lifestyle when the pandemic hit. With the help of her tablet and Home Connect training, she was able to embrace online programming and embrace technology as a creative outlet.
Follow along with Brenda’s virtual ventures!
VOLUNTEER: JOYCE BANKS
“My learner is pretty isolated and can feel down sometimes,” says volunteer digital coach Joyce Banks. “Whenever I call her, she gets so happy and says, ‘Hi, Joyce, how are you? I miss you!’ It really warms my heart.”
Read how Joyce is fostering connections and reducing isolation through the Home Connect program!
PARTNER: ON LOK
“CTN has given many of our participants, especially our monolingual Spanish participants, the support and knowledge to be able to access the internet and learn their new free device,” says Melissa Bravo, activities and program manager at On Lok.
Check out how our partnership with On Lok is combating social isolation and tackling the digital divide.