Byte Back

Rating: 4.83 stars   18 reviews

Issues: Education, Job Training, Human Services

Location: 815 Monroe St NE Washington DC 20017 USA

Mission: Byte Back’s mission is to improve economic opportunity for low-income residents of the Washington DC area by providing computer training and employment readiness skills.
Results: Over the past four years, Byte Back dramatically increased its income, the number of residents served and the number and types of classes offered. We expanded the number of students taught annually from 293 to 1098 (275%) and the number of course slots provided per year from 365 to 1427 (291%). In addition, we became a licensed post-secondary school and added a number of in-dustry-wide recognized IT certification training programs to our array of classes. In 2010 Byte Back won an honorable mention from the Washington Post Awards for Excellence in Non-profit Management. Milestones... In 2011  Byte Back enrolled 45 District Residents in a program (90 course hours and an 80 hour intern-ship) designed for individuals who are interested in starting their own neighborhood computer repair business. Those students wishing to start their own business worked with WACIF to do so. Those who wanted employment as a Computer Support Specialist received placement assistance from Byte Back.  Provided free refurbished computers to 552 program graduates and a year of free internet to 349 program graduates, enabling them to continue practicing their new skills and accessing services and information from home. (Thanks to partnerships with First Time Computers, Cricket Commu-nications and the DC Public Library.) In 2010...  We were included in the 2010-11 Catalogue for Philanthropy.  Began teaching computer classes in Spanish and in American Sign Language in the fall of 2011 in order to assist more DC residents to bridge the digital divide.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Well over 1,000
Geographic areas served: Metropolitan Washington DC Area
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I have been attending classes at Byte Back for a number of years. I am currently employed as a program assistant at an International Organization and wanted to keep my skills up to date, because of Byte Back's schedule and pricing I am able to attend the classes that I need. There was also a class on Budgeting which was very well received by everyone who attended. I can truly say that Byte Back provides a necessary service to everyone.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very easy to talk and gave info about programs at other organizations if they do not provide it.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I enjoyed my experience at Byte Back and am looking forward to become more up to date in the IT field. I'm a 2005 graduate of the MS Office Core Competencies Track.

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My master's program.

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I had been in the programming sequence.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I began as a volunteer teaching classes at Byte Back three years ago, and joined their board the following year. I am so impressed with all that they manage to accomplish on such a tight budget.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

talking to graduates who have found jobs as a result of skills that I've taught them.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

knowing that I'm making a real difference in people's lives and their ability to provide for themselves.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

people that really care

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I work for one of Byte Back's partner organizations, Academy of Hope. We were able to start our computer program years ago because of a wonderful Byte Back Intern, Mimi, who later joined our staff for several years. Today, once again, Byte Back helps us offer classes at our school.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the difference it's made for people who completed their courses.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I was one of the first interns at ByteBack. It must be stated that Glenn Stein made a personal effort and commitment to bring this concept to fruition. His overall desire for "meaningful" and "productive" results remains the key aspect of the mission and work of Byteback. The IT industry has such a curve for income development, irrespective of college credits, that with a willingness to learn and practice, individuals may find a new opportunity to contribute in life, when otherwise society may have locked out the unfortunate~!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

very substantial applications with training and job placement.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

tried to find more ways to funds to build the organization in its formative stages~!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the opportunity to learn about the IT industry.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

amazing. People willing to help and serve others~!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

dramatically impact the opportunity for the under served people of societies to gain an opportunity to find meaningful employment.

Ways to make it better...

well,,,, if I took a "more" serious attitude to the opportunity presented to me~!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

vision, management and financial support~!

One thing I'd also say is that...

ByteBack has given many people the chance to participate in an industry that otherwise would have been blocked to them,,, and the financial gains.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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5 people found this review helpful

I've been volunteering for a couple years at ByteBack and I think they are by far the best community-based organization in DC in terms of really helping people to succeed by building their computer skills. These are job-related skills that all adults need and ByteBack helps students to improve their skills. Kudos to the staff and volunteers that keep this place running!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind and generous with their time, helpful in getting me situated as a teacher, responsive to my needs as a teacher and my students' concerns, and always willing to discuss the issues around training, job placement, and curriculum development.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I am a full-time AmeriCorps volunteer working at Byte Back. I teach computer classes during the weekdays. Teaching at Byte Back is hands-down the most rewarding job I have ever had. This organization does great work and really empowers the individuals who take courses here. I recommend it for potential students and volunteers!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting so many wonderful students who are so enthusiastic about learning

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Byte Back is a very Good organization. I did not have any computer exprience. My six weeks for the 1st class and then six weeks again prepared me for advancement in the work force. I really enjoyed the staff. Byte Back is the BEST.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

cOMPUTERS

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The staff are very helpful and nice and patience.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very Good

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Have site all over the world

Ways to make it better...

I had a good experience

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One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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