digital inclusion

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 […]

‘Byte Back Has Kept Going!’

By Margot Nitschke, Grant Compliance Specialist Since Byte Back classes have gone virtual, we checked in with Elia, a Microsoft Office Specialist, Excel student, to see how things are going.   15 years as a stay-at-home mom, Elia was searching for a career path with many job possibilities, and that’s when she found Byte Back.    Elia started with Computer Foundations 2 and found a mentor in her instructor, who encouraged […]

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 […]

Reach for the STARs: Opportunity@Work’s New Report

America has a hidden talent pool of 71 million adult STARs (Skilled Through Alternative Routes). Opportunity@Work and Accenture’s new report brings light to this hidden population and their untapped skills in the workforce. Watch the virtual release and panel here, with: Byron Auguste, Opportunity@Work CEO US Senator Mark Warner Elizabeth Lindsey, Byte Back CEO Marty […]

Support Your Community for Black History Month

Take action this Black History Month! Directly support education and economic opportunities for Black communities in Washington, DC and Baltimore by giving back. Thanks to our sponsors at TD and to the NBC Washington team for featuring Byte Back! Share on Facebook >> Share on Twitter >> What Does Black History Month Mean to Us? […]

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 […]