digital divide

Take a Journey to 1997: The Birth of Byte Back

Twenty years ago, Barbara Altman and Glenn Stein’s vision came to reality when Byte Back opened. The timing was right. In 1997, many Washington, DC residents were struggling with a lack of opportunity. People like Craig came to Byte Back afraid of computers and left with skills and a career. Today, take a leap back […]

Women Who Tech at Byte Back

Graphics by Yvette Scorse, Communications Manager   In 2016, Byte Back served … Female students come from diverse backgrounds … Women at Byte Back find a path and tools to empower themselves … Byte Back offers opportunity and adds diversity … Support women who tech at Byte Back by volunteering and donating today! Print and share […]

Back to School, Back to Her Future

By Leonel De Leon, AmeriCorps Computer Literacy Instructor When she was 15 and in 9th grade, Simona Campbell faced some unfortunate circumstances and dropped out of school. Now, at the age of 47 and a mother of three, Simona is back in school. As she studies to earn her high school diploma at Ballou STAY […]

Meet Our AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps volunteers form the core of Byte Back’s computer literacy instructors. They make it possible for Byte Back to reach hundreds of people each year with digital literacy education. These three AmeriCorps members will be with us during the 2016-17 year teaching PC for Beginners and Office Track courses. We are so proud to have […]

Straight from the Students: A Visual Report

By Christopher Wallace, Development Associate Byte Back is committed to meeting students where they are. This means we teach classes throughout the District, physically reaching students in their neighborhoods. This also means we offer free computer courses at all levels, making it possible for students to begin at a comfortable, but challenging level. We also make sure tutoring, […]

Staying True to the Goal of Changing Lives

A Visit with Byte Back’s Founders 19 Years Later By Yvette Scorse, Communications Manager “We have to do this. DC needs you and this.” These were the words from Barbara Altman that fueled the collaboration with her friend Glenn Stein. This is what led to Byte Back opening in 1997. Barbara and Glenn shared the […]

Student Profile: Equipped with English & Computer Skills

By Alba Escobar, AmeriCorps Computer Literacy Instructor “I decided to take a computer class because I did not know anything about computers,” Lorenza Solana says. She was missing out on job opportunities because she didn’t have computer skills. Now, after completing PC for Beginners and Office Track in Spanish at Thomson Elementary School, she feels more […]

Digital Inclusion Day Tweet Together @ Byte Back

Byte Back Students & Alumni are invited to tweet with us at 1 p.m. Plus, join us early for free snacks and Twitter tips to celebrate the first ever National Digital Inclusion Day! All others, please join the conversation via Twitter with hashtag #digitalinclusion. Byte Back staff will be on hand to help you join the […]

Free DC Wi-Fi: Not Just a Digital Inclusion Dream

Imagine Wi-Fi in the air, running free through all the streets and public areas of the District of Columbia. Cities like New York and Boston are already connected, and DC Council member Vincent Orange, an at-large Democrat, doesn’t want DC to be left behind. More than a year ago, President Barack Obama said, “Today, high-speed […]

Tech within Reach for Women at Byte Back

By Yvette Scorse, Communications Manager Historically, and to this day, women are underrepresented in the tech industry. There are consistently fewer girls and women who study STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Tech education and careers may seem out of reach for many women because of ingrained gender stereotypes and a lack of opportunities offered to […]