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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 […]

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 […]

Putting Training to Work: Interns Gain Confidence & Opportunities 

Ricardo working as an intern.

By Monica Essig Aberg, Development Intern Two years ago, LaDonya Greene didn’t think of herself as “tech savvy.” Now she has professional work experience troubleshooting and refurbishing laptops as part of Byte Back’s new student intern program. Applying Knowledge, Gaining New Skills Student interns have the chance to apply knowledge from their courses in a professional environment, […]

Byte Back Is up for Two Panels at SXSW 2020!

Byte Back Executive Director, Elizabeth Lindsey, is up for panels at SXSW and SXSW EDU in March 2020. SXSW is one of the most elite international conferences in existence, celebrating the convergence of tech, the interactive, film, and music in Austin, Texas. Selection at this prestigious conference depends on your support! Vote on the SXSW PanelPicker […]

‘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 […]

Byte Back Wins $1 Million CAD TD Grant to Expand to Baltimore

Tech inclusion nonprofit to scale into Baltimore as an innovative TD Ready Challenge winner Toronto, ON and Washington, DC, October 24, 2018 – Today, TD announced Byte Back as one of 10 recipients of the inaugural TD Ready Challenge grants. Each recipient organization will receive CDN $1 million (USD $775,000) to help them scale innovative […]

NEWS: Half a Million Dollars for Tech Within Reach

Byte Back Selected by Citi Foundation’s Community Progress Makers Fund  $500,000 investment in core operating support will enable Byte Back to help low-tech communities gain digital skills and enter into living-wage careers in technology. WASHINGTON, DC – The Citi Foundation announced that Byte Back was selected as the recipient of a $500,000 grant as part […]

Black and Hispanic Underrepresentation Plagues Tech, Even in DC

It’s no secret that the tech industry has an inclusivity and diversity problem. If you picture a tech workplace, you might think of a male-dominated startup boardroom or a programmer-packed open-plan office with few-to-no people of color. New analysis of recent Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program research adds detail and data to that picture. Black people and Hispanics remain significantly underrepresented in tech jobs. Despite the District’s focus on inclusion and diversity, our city hasn’t been immune to this trend. In nearly every region studied, Black and […]

28M Low-Tech Jobs Are Gone: Here’s What We Can Do about It

New Research Shows Increasing Need for Digital Skills on the Job By Chris Miller, Communications & Development Associate When Demika was looking for ways to move her career forward a few years ago, she hit a roadblock. Jobs required tech skills that she didn’t learn growing up – not that long ago many of those […]