Knowledge Award Recipients

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)

Kami Griffiths
Kami Griffiths,
Community Technology Network,
San Francisco

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. 

Stacy A. Aldrich
Stacey A. Aldrich,
State Librarian Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Ms. Aldridge is recognized as a visionary and leader in the area of digital literacy. She has been instrumental in advancing digital literacy in the libraries throughout California with her support of the iCALIFORNIA digital literacy effort. She has exemplified leadership by creating a model approach to digital literacy skills acquisition by supporting the development of digital literacy tools for all local libraries. She has supported training librarians, programs that provide access and content to library patrons, and has been an outspoken advocate for partnerships in digital literacy. In addition, she has spearheaded the JobScout project pilot project during 2012, and has committed to promoting it as a national model in 2013. She has highlighted the role of the public library in advancing digital literacy skills for all Californians. 

The Honorable Arnold Schwarzenegger
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.)
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.).