computer literacy

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 […]

Baltimore Site Launches New Classes with Makerspace Open Works

Johnston Square Neighborhood Benefits from Free Tech Training By James Merritt, Engagement & Recruitment Coordinator, Baltimore For the first time, Open Works opened its doors to community residents for free tech training, in partnership with Byte Back. The nonprofit known for being a community workspace is offering its computer lab in partnership with Byte Back […]

Bridging the Tech Gap – from 7,900 Miles Away

By Netsai Emmanuellie Zuze, IREX Community Solutions Fellow, Byte Back Netsai is 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. This is Netsai’s first time in the United States, […]

Bridging the Gender Digital Divide – in Zimbabwe

Guest Blog by Nancy Kwangwa, Assistant Librarian-University of Zimbabwe Nancy Kwangwa served as a visiting fellow at Byte Back in fall 2018 through the Community Solutions Program, run by IREX and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. She shares the lessons she brought from DC to Zimbabwe and how she had an impact on the digital […]

‘Powering On’ Her Confidence

Guest Profile by Revé Van Croft, Consumer Technology Association Foundation  Originally published by the CONSUMER TECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATION FOUNDATION, May 7, 2019 I had the immense pleasure of talking to Brenda Shelman, a 60-year-old Byte Back alumna who now works there administratively. It was wonderful learning about her and what pushed her forward in this journey of […]

Danny’s Story: Serving the Community with Avodah and Byte Back

Danny Brown, Avodah DC Jewish Service Corps member and Byte Back Digital Literacy Instructor, was looking for a way to make a difference after college. This year, he found a way to combine his passion for service, social justice, and equity here at Byte Back. He has taught hundreds of students in PC for Beginners […]

Tu Si Puedes – Beginner Computer Skills in Spanish

Together, as a community, we can do so much. This is Byte Back’s first class in partnership with Trabajadores Unidos de Washington (Workers United of Washington DC), and already we’re confident this relationship will benefit our community for classes to come. The PC for Beginners students, who are members of the Trabajadores Unidos group, are […]

I Need a Promotion, But I Have to Know How to Use a Computer

This is a first-person story of Edward Rhodes, a Byte Back computer literacy student. It’s told by his instructor, Joan Hunter, AmeriCorps computer literacy instructor. A couple of my coworkers suggested that I take this class. One advanced within the government to a GS-14 grade – that comes with a salary ranging from $112,021 to $145,629. Right […]

Giving New Skills Back to the Community

Meet the Free-Spirited Traci By Bock Szymkowicz, Career Development Specialist  Traci Denise Barnes describes her Byte Back class as “free spirited, so you can be who are in class.” She brings that spirit back to class and also gives a full spirit back to the community. Traci came to Byte Back in February 2016 to take […]