Technology plays an essential role in today’s workforce – yet thousands of DC-area residents lack even basic computer skills. Byte Back addresses this challenge and simultaneously combats poverty by providing historically excluded communities an equitable pathway into the digital economy and its living-wage careers. Through digital literacy classes, adult scholars learn the basics of how to navigate computers, the internet, email, Microsoft Office, and tools like telehealth and online banking. Free industry-recognized tech certification courses prepare them for careers in either information technology or business services. Certification graduates (70 last year) get the career support they need, including job search and softs skills assistance like interview prep, resume building, cover letter direction, LinkedIn advice, internship placement, and employment assistance. Last year, 208 Byte Back scholars completed digital skills training and equipped themselves to enter the digital economy.
Headquarters: DC-Ward 6
Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County
Age Groups Served: Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)
Population(s) Served: Individuals with Disabilities; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; All
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Awards & Recognition
WeWork Creator Award Winners, 2017 & 2018
BDPA of Washington, DC, President's Community Award, 2017
DC Inno, 50 on Fire, 2017
Two-time finalist for the Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management, 2010 & 2012
Selected by the Catalogue for Philanthropy as one of the District’s Best Nonprofits, 2010 & 2015
Licensed post secondary educational institution by the DC Educational Licensure Commission, September 2009
Thu Mar 30 2017, Washingtonian
- WeWork Creator Awards recognizes creators who are leading the way for innovation!
Wed Mar 29 2017, WJLA, Good Morning Washington
- Three Steps to Include No-Tech and Low-Tech Folks in Your Work
Thu Mar 9 2017, NTEN: Nonprofit Technology Network
- When Women Have a Chance in Tech
Tue Mar 7 2017, Northern Virginia Technology Council Blog
- D.C. non-profit offers computer training at no charge
Tue Oct 4 2016, WJLA ABC 7
Byte Back students go back to school for free computer classes.
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