Friday, September 30, 2011

Productive Week: One Economy,Lunch at Google SF and CTN Connects

As the month comes to and end I'm looking back at our first month working at CTN. It has been a really productive month full of meeting new people, getting to know CTN and get used to the work flow of being a VISTA. This past week was very busy as we put a large dent into finishing CTN's directory. I feel the amount of responses this week were far more positive. On Tuesday we headed over to One Economy  We met with Leo and Rishi (a VISTA working for One Economy) to learn about One Economy and discuss what how we could benefit from what resources they have.  We learned about one economy's mission is and what current projects they are working on as well as what Rishi has accomplished in his past year as a VISTA.  One Economy has recieved a large amount of money from the BTOP grant that is being used to provide computer literacy training and internet access to communities in need of both resources. We also went to lunch at Google's SF office (which included brisket and pulled pork sandwiches).  We spoke with Matt, Debbie and our new Google mentors about what resources we could pull from them in the next year. On Wednesday Mun and I led a discussion on Cloud Computing at the monthly CTN connects meeting. On Thursday we collectively pulled our patience together to help an very stressed out older man type book reviews into an internet database.  It has been a week full of a lot of work and I'm looking to seeing some live music for free all weekend at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in Golden Gate Park! I'm looking forward to the month ahead where we will be working more hands on with our partner organizations, building curriculum to prepare ourselves to teach and began planning training's with NPOs in the future. I've feel like I've already done a lot and yet there is still 11 months to go...

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