Partner Organizations

The California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) was awarded two grants from the National Telecommunications and Information Agency (NTIA) in 2010 for the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) totaling $14.3 million on behalf of 19 partner organizations throughout California.  The Broadband Awareness and Adoption (BAA) program and Access to Careers in Technology (ACT) program will reach more than 750,000 people across California.

Broadband Awareness and Adoption

The Broadband Awareness and Adoption program of the California Emerging Technology Fund provides households in low-income communities with the basic building blocks necessary to adopt broadband technology.  Our eight partner organizations are working throughout the state to reach those communities most impacted by the Digital Divide. 

211 California/United Ways of California

211 logo2-1-1 is a free phone service sponsored by United Ways, state agencies and local municipalities, and private philanthropy.  It provides easy access to information about a range of health and human services, including broadband adoption assistance.  In 2010, 2-1-1s in 27 California counties answered close to 2 million calls from people seeking assistance on a range of human services needs. 2-1-1 providers statewide are responding to inquiries about broadband education and adoption.  Call specialists are identifying people seeking services like job training, and informing them about digital education and broadband adoption resources. 2-1-1 California is the statewide network of local 2-1-1 information and referral providers, and is a collaboration of United Ways of California and the California Alliance of Information and Referral Services. The mission of 2-1-1 California is to ensure that California develops the statewide infrastructure and support necessary to ensure quality 2-1-1 services for everyone.

Access Now

Access Now logoAccess Now is hosting 18 community events—Computer Help Days—to repair old or outdated equipment, offer subsidized refurbished equipment, provide hands-on computer training, introduce meaningful online resources, and reaching more than 2,000 individuals. 

The Center for Accessible Technology and the Accessible Technology Coalition

Center for Accessible Technology logoThe Center for Accessible Technology provides access to computers for people with disabilities so children with disabilities can succeed in school, adults with disabilities can find and keep jobs, and all people with disabilities can benefit from the digital revolution.  The Accessible Technology Coalition, a project of the Center for Accessible Technology, launched a website to help people with disabilities, and those who work with them, make informed decisions about assistive technology.  The Coalition is training 500 service providers and disability issues specialists to use the new website.

Chicana/Latina Foundation
Chicana/Latina Foundation logo
The Chicana/Latina Foundation is recruiting young leaders as broadband ambassadors to reach into underperforming schools and ultimately into the homes of the students to help families adopt broadband.  This project focuses on underperforming schools in low-income communities in eight Northern California counties.  The project is educating more than 12,000 residents and helping more than 1,300 subscribe to broadband.

Dewey Square Group

Dewey Square Group logoDewey Square Group (DSG) is using a faith-based outreach strategy using a combination of text messages and trusted messengers from congregations throughout California to help answer broadband questions.  DSG is working with more than 2,500 churches and reaching more than 1.2 million Californians.  The text messaging strategy is supporting the development of an online map of free Internet hotspots and directory of computer and digital literacy courses.  DSG is helping more than 100,000 people subscribe to broadband.

Latino Community Foundation

Latino Community Foundation logoThe Latino Community Foundation is mobilizing a network of eight community based organizations to provide digital literacy training to limited-English speaking families in five Bay Area counties reaching more than 8,000 adults.

Social Interest Solutions and One-e-App

One-e-App logoSocial Interest Solution’s One-e-App is an online tool designed to help people navigate public assistance programs by themselves, or with help from a call center or Certified Application Assistant (CAAs).  CAAs are trained to help people apply for programs electronically and help individuals access training and other resources to help them subscribe to broadband and purchase low-cost computers.  They are reaching 75,000 adults and 56,000 youth.

Radio Bilingue

Radio Bilingue logoNon-profit radio network Radio Bilingüe reaches rural farmworker communities in the state’s interior—an area with the lowest per-capita rates for broadband access in California.  Radio Bilingüe is educating their 60,000 listeners, primarily mono-lingual Spanish speakers, about the benefits of broadband access and how to subscribe.

Access to Careers in Technology

The Access to Careers in Technology program of the California Emerging Technology Fund is a scalable workforce development program expanding access to broadband and 21st Century jobs in six high priority regions with high poverty and low levels of broadband adoption. 

California Resources and Training

CARAT logoCalifornia Resources and Training (CARAT) is working with small business development centers to enroll 15,000 underserved small business owners and employees in digital literacy training.  CARAT is partnering with 11 small business development centers across California, all of which are located at community colleges, public universities, or county workforce development boards.


Chrysalis logoChrysalis of Los Angeles is offering job skills training and broadband access for 900 homeless and low-income individuals.  Chrysalis partners include the City of Los Angeles Workforce Investment Board and WorkSource Centers.


EmpowerNet logoEmpowerNet California is assisting 30 non-profit organizations throughout California launch information technology-focused job training and job placement programs for more than 350 out-of-work, low-income adults.  Half of the program graduates of the training program will be placed in jobs.

Goodwill Industries

Goodwill logoGoodwill Industries of San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin Counties is training more than 1,000 low-income individuals in computer literacy and entry-level computer technician proficiency, resulting in 250 job placements.  Goodwill is also facilitating 75 broadband subscriptions for low-income households.  Goodwill is partnering with the One Stop Career Link Center in San Francisco.


Mission Economic Development Corporation

Mission Economic Development Corporation provides training in Spanish to help low-income adults obtain certifications in Microsoft Office applications, job placement assistance, classes in basic Digital Literacy, and broadband adoption assistance. Through these programs, MEDA is training more than 250 participants, 65 of whom have
achieved certification in advanced Information and Communications Technology (ICT). .


OCCUR logoOCCUR of East Oakland is training more than 3,000 low-income individuals at its Eastmont Computing Center, and placing more than 30 individuals in information technology jobs. OCCUR is also equipping 550 low-income housing units with computers and providing basic technology training to residents.  OCCUR is helping 1,000 households subscribe to broadband services.  Community partners include the East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation, the Center for Accessible Technology, TechSoup, the Oakland Housing Authority, the City of Oakland, and the County of Alameda.

San Diego Futures Foundation

San Diego Futures Foundation logoThe San Diego Futures Foundation (SDFF) is helping more than 6,500 families subscribe to broadband Internet, and providing support services including affordable computer equipment and digital literacy training.  SDFF is also placing 200 individuals in local jobs.  SDFF partners include the San Diego Workforce Partnership, the University of California - San Diego, and Able Disabled Advocacy.

Southeast Community Development Corporation

SCDC logoThe Southeast Community Development Corporation (SCDC) of Huntington Park is training 150 individuals in certification-based advanced computer proficiencies at four regional technology training centers, providing digital literacy education to 2,700 local community members, and connecting 5,000 households to broadband.  SCDC partners include the Huntington Park-Bell Adult School, The East Los Angeles College, and the HUB Cities Worksource Center.

Stride Center

Stride Center logoThe Stride Center of Oakland is training 500 underserved adults, resulting in more than 350 information technology job placements.  Stride is helping more than 160 households subscribe to broadband services. Partners include Skyline and Contra Cost Community Colleges, a variety of local Workforce Investment Boards, Sacramento Employment and Training Administration, and the Greater Sacramento Urban League.

The ACME Network

ACME logoThe ACME Network of Los Angeles is engaging 7,700 youth and 100 teachers in an innovative online training and mentoring program, creating strong local connections with 15 high schools and 8 community colleges.

Youth Radio

Youth Radio logoYouth Radio in Oakland is training 120 youth in digital technologies, media production, and social media networking, and hiring 15 interns from this training pool.  They are providing resources to participating youth for household broadband adoption, and connecting 45 homes.  Youth Radio partners include Peralta Community Colleges, the Oakland Unified School District, Alameda County Probation Department, the Oakland Police Department, and the Alameda County Health Department.