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Welcoming Computer Beginners to an All-Virtual World

During COVID-19, Digital Literacy Is More Urgent But Also More Challenging to Offer – Here’s How Byte Back Did It By Yvette Scorse, Communications Director How do you take an online course when you don’t know how to get online yet? This was the puzzle presented to Byte Back staff at the start of the […]

We’re Disappointed But Moving Forward: DC Advocacy

By Yvette Scorse, Communications Director Last week, the DC Council made their final vote on the FY 2021 budget, and we’re disappointed to say that they did not make essential changes to help close the digital gap. Councilmembers and Mayor Bowser have said many times that their budget “reflects District values.” Well, our values (and […]

Maryland Company Donates Computers to Baltimore Students

Access Receivables Management and Staff Help to Bridge the Digital Divide in Baltimore by Providing Free Computing Devices and Internet Access to Students in Underserved Communities Hunt Valley, Maryland:  Access Receivables Management, a commercial collection agency serving the technology, communications, healthcare, and government sectors, announced today its support for two organizations in Baltimore working to […]

An Open Letter to DC on Digital Equity from 18 Orgs

DC needs digital equity now. And we’re not the only ones who see the urgency. The letter below is from 18 organizations, including Byte Back, who see the rising need to close the digital divide in the District. Together, we’re asking DC Mayor Muriel Bowser and DC Council to take action in the FY21 budget […]

CEO Testifies to Increase Digital Equity Funding in DC

Committee on Labor and Workforce Development   Department of Employment Services and Workforce Investment Council  Chair: Councilmember Elissa Silverman and Committee  Budget Hearing Testimony from Elizabeth Lindsey, Chief Executive Officer, Byte Back May 28, 2020   My name is Elizabeth Lindsey, and I’m the CEO of Byte Back, a 23-year old nonprofit headquartered in DC. I’m also a proud Ward […]

Take Action Today for Digital Equity in DC

In 2021, DC government is on track to continue to reduce funding for foundational adult digital skills training and cut its only digital inclusion program – ConnectDC. Instead of closing the digital skills gap in DC, the proposed FY21 government budget will widen the digital divide. But it’s not too late. Sign, share, and tell your […]

Opening Opportunities to Living-Wage Careers: 2019 Impact Brief

In 2019, more students increased their salaries. More opportunity and more skills lead to meaningful, living-wage careers that use technology. In 2019, 533 adults in DC and Baltimore took at least one Byte Back class – from Computer Foundations up to industry-recognized certification tracks. The tech sector is missing out on the talent, experience, and […]

50 Baltimore Orgs Join Forces for Digital Equity during COVID-19

Rapid Response Team Organizes to Bring Devices, Internet & Training Byte Back’s Chrissie Powell Leading Digital Skills & Tech Support Efforts Media Contact: Yvette Scorse, communications director, Byte Back, yscorse@byteback.org BALTIMORE – This month, 50 organizations launched the Baltimore Digital Equity Coalition to support a rapid response and coordinated actions during the COVID-19 pandemic. As […]