Technology plays an essential role in today’s workforce – yet thousands of Washingtonians lack even basic computer skills. Byte Back combats poverty by providing free computer training and career preparation to low-income individuals and placing them into living wage careers. Through digital literacy classes, adults with low or no tech skills learn the basics of how to use a computer, the internet, email, and Microsoft Office Suite. Free industry-recognized tech certification courses prepare clients for careers in IT and business services. Certification graduates then get the career support they need, including job search assistance and mock interviews, to build soft skills and secure new jobs. Last year, Byte Back helped 60 graduates move into jobs, increasing their annual income by $24,000. Your support bridges the digital divide, leading to a world of opportunity for people in need.
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
- $3 million or higher
- The current budget for Byte Back is: $1 million to $3 million
- $500k to $1 million
- Less than $500k
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