LINK AMERICAS™ Foundation's highest honor is
awarded to individuals whose outstanding leadership
and personal dedication advances "Technology Serving
Humanity" in the areas of:
Life - Information - Network - Knowledge (LINK)
Community Technology Network,
Technology Network is small, but packs a big punch when it comes to bridging the digital divide. They work in the San Francisco Bay Area to bring hands on digital literacy training to the communities that most need it. In addition, they work creatively with few financial and staff resources to train an army of volunteers to not only deliver direct, hands-on digital literacy training, but more importantly, they build the internal capacity of community technology providers and centers by infusing staff, volunteers, and training expertise into these local public access centers. In 2013, 200 CTN volunteer trainers gave 8,000 hours and offered over 11,000 training sessions to help people improve their computer skills. They are focused on building digital literacy capacity of senior centers, libraries and social service agencies across San Francisco and Oakland.
Stacey A. Aldrich,
State Librarian Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
The Honorable Arnold Schwarzenegger
The Honorable Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor of California. Governor Schwarzenegger has shown leadership in advancing recognition of Digital Literacy as the new literacy of the 21st Century. Governor Schwarzenegger issued the Executive Order S-06-09 in 2009, calling attention to and supporting the need for Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) Digital Literacy. The order stated that “ICT Digital Literacy is a defining component of California’s competitiveness for a knowledge-based economy and is growing in importance to attract capital investment that will generate higher quality jobs.” In 2010, he continued his efforts by supporting the development and implementation of a statewide action plan for digital literacy. Congratulations to the Governor for recognizing digital literacy as fundamental to ensuring that all citizens have the skills to benefit from “Technology Serving Humanity”.
General James L. Jones (USMC Ret.)
Beverly Watts Davis, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services accepting the Knowledge Award from Heinz W. Pohlmann, Director Special Projects, LINK AMERICAS Foundation, on behalf of General James L. Jones (USMC Ret.).