Ready, Set, Connect!

 Tutor and student at RockridgeReady Set Connect tutors at DimondTutor and student at Asian Branch


We are no longer accepting applications for the 2016-2017 school year. If you’d like to be put on a wait list, please apply here.  

Do you have a passion for technology and an interest in discovering careers in web design, graphic design, online marketing, and social media? Earn a monthly stipend for your commitment and an additional bonus for completing the program.

Learn more about Ready, Set, Connect! today!

The Oakland Public Library and Community Technology Network have partnered for Ready, Set, Connect!, a professional development program designed to help Oakland youth between 16 and 24 years old discover the professional skills necessary for technology-focused careers.

Watch this video to find out more about Jennifer Rubio, one of the participants to graduate from the 2016 program.

Over eight months, Ready, Set, Connect! participants will learn how to use web design, social media, and graphic design tools, in addition to receiving professional etiquette training, internship opportunities, and mentoring from technology company employees. Upon completing the program, youth will graduate with a web portfolio, resume, and LinkedIn profile. Ready, Set, Connect! participants practice their dynamic skills while assisting the Oakland Public Library with program outreach and digital tutoring in their computer labs.

Ready, Set, Connect! applicants must:

  • Be enthusiastic and willing to learn
  • Be 16-24 years old
  • Dedicate up to 5 hours per week to train and gain work experience
  • Be available twice a week between 4pm and 8pm
  • Know how to use a computer and surf the Internet

Youth are especially encouraged to apply if they:

  • Speak Spanish, Chinese, or Russian
  • Have a passion for technology and entrepreneurship
  • Are looking for service learning credit

Upon completing the program, youth will have a website with a portfolio, resume, and LinkedIn profile.  

For more information, please contact, or Andrea Guzman at 510-479-0931.

Check out our accomplishments!

View the Final Report for Ready, Set, Connect! in 2016

View the Final Report for Ready, Set, Connect! in 2015

View the Final Report for Ready, Set, Connect! in 2014

Program Sponsors

The Oakland Public Library informs, inspires, and delights our diverse community as a resource for information, knowledge, and artistic and literary expression, providing the best in traditional services, new technologies, and innovative programs.

Community Technology Network is a San Francisco Bay Area non-profit dedicated to helping seniors, youth and adults with disabilities acquire the computer and Internet skills vital to achieving economic success.