Byte Back

Rating: 4.83 stars   18 reviews

Address:

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:

Byte Back alleviates poverty by providing students with a clear pathway to a family-sustaining career. Within five months, our students, our students can learn and become certified in skills that make them qualified for IT and business support positions that pay $30,000-$70,000 annually and offer full benefits. When coupled with our job readiness and career services supports, Byte Back's courses give students everything they need to obtain such a position. For most, their post-Byte Back employment is their first experience with a full-time, salaried position with benefits. These jobs enable our alumni to build generational wealth and model career-focused behavior for their children and grandchildren. Byte Back's model and approach is exactly the type of direct-service, tangible support that communities need to break the cycle of generational poverty. As a licensed post-secondary educational institution, Byte Back teaches more than 900 students annually at nearly two dozen sites in the District. We offer cutting edge IT certification training programs to broaden students' employment opportunities and place them into living wage careers in IT and business services. Our students come to us with all levels of computer experience from those who touch a computer for the first time on their first day of class to those who can refurbish a laptop in minutes. In March 2016, Byte Back was honored as an American Graduate Champion by Howard University Television. In addition, we were recently renewed as a recipient for both the United Way and Combined Federal Campaigns. We are a designated Catalogue for Philanthropy Best Nonprofit (2014-2015 and 2010-2011) and a two-time finalist for The Washington Post Award for Excellence in Non-profit Management. Recent outcomes include: • Digital Literacy: 670 students enrolled in beginner computer classes (82% completion rate, 84% pass rate); 252 students enrolled in intermediate (Microsoft Office Track) classes (73% completion rate, 89% pass rate) with all passing intermediate students completing an effective resume and cover letter. • Certification Courses: In Fiscal Year 2015, we enrolled 184 certification students with 135 students completing a certification class. Eighty-one of these students received at least one certification with 55 students obtaining new employment. Students who held employment coming into the program are not included in the new employment data. The average hourly wage was $16.25 for part- and full-time jobs. • Byte Back student satisfaction and referral rates averaged more than 90%.

Target demographics:

improve economic opportunity for low-income residents

Direct beneficiaries per year:

963

Geographic areas served:

Washington, DC Metro Area

Programs:

digital literacy courses, advanced IT Certification training, and job readiness and career development services

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Reviews for Byte Back

Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I began volunteering at Byte Back, Inc. through "Office Track," an intensive course designed for students to learn Microsoft Office Suite, including Quick Books. I love to learn, and enjoyed the applied teaching methods, "click, click" of the mouse, for example. At first, I swept floors, but then I was assigned the task of developing course codes for all classes - a challenge indeed. One thing led to another, and my final accomplishment was organizing and drafting content for the current course catalog, 2009-2010. I love Byte Back, Inc., and hope to get more things done for them!

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

Computer skills and Technical Writing.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Volunteering helped me get a job. I'm an entrepreneur working with friends to get a software startup off the ground. I needed a stream of income to cover expenses, so I was able to quickly find a job with a vocational school teaching adults Microsoft Office. I got hired after just a 15-minute interview, because I had already been volunteering with Byte Back for several months teaching adults the same skills. My teaching experience at Byte Back made the difference in the interview. Getting a job wasn't even the best part of teaching there. I thoroughly enjoyed working with my students at Byte Back because they were motivated and eager to learn. Even months after my students graduated, I still get emails from my students telling me how they're putting the skills they learned in class to good use at work. I highly recommend teaching at Byte Back to anyone who likes to teach.

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

volunteering at Byte Back helped me land a job teaching Microsoft Office to adults.

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

that the students were motivated and eager to learn.

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

selfless and inspired.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I started volunteering about a month ago, teaching adults Microsoft Office for the Office Track program for Byte Back. I have degree in IT and was looking for something that I could keep my brain fresh while giving back to others and Byte Back was it for me. The students are willing to learn, they are fun to teach and it is such a rewarding feeling when your students praise you and want to learn and do not want to miss any sessions with you. This organization is probably one of the best organization I have been affiliated with. The programs they offer are current and relevant to todays job market and I feel certain that any student that completes their desired program will be a much better candidate for a position for a job than others who do not giving them the edge and experience they need in a competitive market that we have right now. I am proud to be a part of this organization!

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

The students. They are exceptional, they really want to learn they listen, they ask questions and we have a little fun too.

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

Staff and volunteers I have met at Byte Back are also exceptional, they are dedicated individuals that genuinely want to help and give back to the community.

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

Expand and have more labs in other locations and have more computers.

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: 4 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I have been very blessed with opportunities in this country ever since I have moved to USA to work in the Information Technology field. I recently made DC my home and Byte back gives me an opportunity to give back to the community. Through byte back I can teach my community the same skills and experience that has made my life blessed. It gives me change to both meet and teach people in my new home town. It's fun and at the same time very fulfilling.

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

very kind and humble. They truely have desire to make a difference with no hidden agenda in return. It's a complete pleasure to be here with them.

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: 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.

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

My master's program.

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

Ways to make it better...

I had been in the programming sequence.

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

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

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: 5 stars  

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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