Computers play a more fundamental role now than ever before – especially for those looking for employment. Job-seekers need a computer to investigate opportunities online, submit a resume, and communicate with potential employers. Yet thousands of Washingtonians have never used a computer in their lives – and that's where Byte Back comes in. Through intensive computer literacy courses and employment readiness programs, low-income and unemployed individuals gain the technological skills and confidence to navigate the job market: Byte Back IT Academy moves them from unemployment or underemployment straight to jobs earning $35-70K in government agencies and consulting firms – a very significant accomplishment. It also sponsors Office Track for those looking to master Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Outlook, and sponsors computer classes for senior citizens. First Time Technology recycles, refurbishes, and repairs used computers to reduce electronic waste and make computers available to low-income families and the nonprofits that serve them. Through Byte Back, the digital world becomes a little less intimidating. And other worlds open up.

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

  • Number of student enrollments annually:   700+
  • Industry-recognized certifications earned annually:   60+
  • Students obtaining employment increased their income by an estimated:   $24,000
  • Hours of class, tutoring, jobs labs, internships, and field trips:   6,755

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


Budget (FY2013)

  • $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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