digital divide

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 […]

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 […]

Precious & Her Class Are Going Strong with Virtual Learning during Coronavirus

Byte Back Certification Students Went Virtual March 18 Since pausing in-person classes because of coronavirus, Byte Back certification students have continued class from home through Zoom. 38% of Byte Back students don’t have internet at home. Byte Back saw this need and sent certification students home with hotspots and laptops if they needed them. Our students are […]

Byte Back Receives $100,000 for Digital Inclusion from Verizon

Washington, D.C. — Verizon has awarded a $100,000 grant to Byte Back to provide tech skills and career support for under-resourced adults in the Washington, DC area. This is a part of Verizon’s commitment to increase digital inclusion nationwide by removing the barriers to economic prosperity and ensuring the benefits of technology are accessible to […]

We’re taking action for Digital Inclusion Week. Congress should, too.

This piece was originally published by Technical.ly DC as a guest post by Byte Back Digital Communications Specialist Chris Miller. Byte Back Digital Communications Specialist Chris Miller talks about how the #dctech nonprofit supports the Digital Equity Act in Congress. When Samiria needed a new career to support herself and her nine-year-old, she took action. She found […]

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, […]

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 […]