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Marin Snapshot: San Rafael Man Runs Youth Technology Program in Marin City

Etienne Douglas manages the Webstars program at the Marin City Library, teaching high school students how to use a variety of computer programs. Robert Tong — Marin Independent Journal

Etienne Douglas of San Rafael has been interested in computer technology since he was 5-years-old, playing with gadgets his stepfather, who was employed by IBM, brought home from work.

Douglas, 38, shares his ongoing passion for computers by running the Marin WebStars youth technology program at the Marin City Library. Since 2004 he’s been teaching high school students how to use a variety of computer programs, including the software that runs the library’s 3-D printer. In exchange, the students are employed by the library to help visitors with all their technological needs.

Q: What’s it been like to manage the WebStars program?

A: It’s been great. I remember the first kids that I hired. They’re grown and through college now. My most successful WebStar graduated from San Diego State and right out of school got a job with Microsoft. I have three WebStars now and I have had 25 students total.

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