Finding Confidence to Make a Difference

By Netsai Emmanuellie Zuze, IREX Community Solutions Fellow Netsai was a visiting fellow at Byte Back through the Community Solutions Program, run by IREX and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Back home in Harare, Zimbabwe she serves as a training officer at Nduna Zimbabwe Trust.  “No matter what people tell you, words and […]

8 Steps to Get You Well Connected on LinkedIn

By Kushaan Shah, Founding Executive Director of Social Rise Have you ever used the Internet to find information about a stranger? Ever judged people on their social media profiles? Have you Googled yourself? You’re not alone. Most employers are doing this every day to filter job candidates. In a recent survey, 93 percent of recruiters admitted […]

Overcoming Homelessness

Brave Student Overcomes Homelessness to Give Back to the Community By Erin Jayes, Community Engagement Assistant & AmeriCorps Public Ally Alan Banks thought he was safe from homelessness. The 56-year-old DC native and Byte Back graduate didn’t see it coming, but found out that homelessness can happen to anyone. In 2004, Alan was working for […]

A Mother’s Patience

Young Mother’s Patience Pays Off By Erin Jayes, Community Engagement Assistant & AmeriCorps Public Ally “I always wanted to work with computers. Every time I saw someone having computer issues, I’d think, ‘I wish I could help them!’” Jewel Smith was determined, and after earning computer certifications and interning at Byte Back, she found that being proactive […]