Ready, Set, Connect!

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


The Fall 2015 application period is closed.

Watch this space for information about the 2016 program.

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.

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.

Click here to view Ready, Set, Connect! computer tutor hours and locations.

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 2014

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

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.