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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Role: Client Served
Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I was a student at Byte Back and they are a great asset to the community. They really are doing so much good work on such a shoe string budget. My only concern is that they need more money to offer more computer training and resources. This is not thier fault, but I think corporate donors and foundations really need to give more to Byteback since they are doing the education that Universities and Expensive Training Centers do at little to low or no costs. The Digital Divide is an Economic Divide. Paying Thousands of Dollars in Tuition to Training Centers and Universities is out of reach for must urban poor and even most low to middle class. Byteback has an affordable and value added community based training that doesn't discriminate on income so more students can take advantage. I challenge all Corporate Donors to think about the future of Technology without the Non-Profit Training Centers like Byteback. That is a world where the Digital Divide grows larger. We can't afford to allow that to happen. Byte Back is the Answer. Thanks ByteBack!

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

Classroom Training. Byteback Is Great!

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

Offer more courses and have Universities pay for Alumni Training and Senior Groups to pay for training Elderly computer literacy.

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

ByteBack is affordable and has high Quality and responsive to the needs of the community.

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

Professional, Nice, Talented and Dedicated.

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

Break Down the Digital Divide in Washington, DC and across the Nation by Partnering with Local High Schools and Universities and other Non-Profits to make Basic Technology Education an Affordable Right, Not a Privilege.

Ways to make it better...

More Money had been given by Corporate Donors to help build up Byteback.

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

Lack of Money.

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

ByteBack is Great, but needs more Money.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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5 people found this review helpful

I really enjoyed my experience at Byte Back! I took the beginers course and found that to be extremely helpful, and I am now enrolled in the Office Track course and am working towards my goal of gaining the computer skills to become a receptionist. The teachers are helpful and the classes are informitave and easy to understand.

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

I've learned LOTS of new computer skills and have been able to develop my typing skills as well

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

Getting familiar with different programs, and being able to learn in a hands-on environment.

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

Nice and knowledgable

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

expand and have bigger classes

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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10 people found this review helpful

I am a retiree who is trying to open a home based business. I tried updating my IT skills at home on my own using Video Professor. Needless to say, some of the exercises in Excel got real complicated. So, I decided to go to Byteback where I could receive hands on instructions and demonstrations. Byteback was perfect. The atomsphere was relaxed and very accommodating. Most days they even had small welcoming snacks like coffee, tea and crackers. The instructors were well informed and sharing. No question was too small to invoke the entire class' participation. Each class was a viable learning experience. My confidence increased with my IT skill. I now understand the Video Professor lessons. Would I do it again? You bet I would.

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

teach and instructions. The teachers knew their subjects and were willing to share in a positive non competitive manner. Students were encourage to help one another explore solutions and solve problems.

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

Update the software used to teach the classes.

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

Its non competitive manner of teaching.

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

Professionally well trained individuals.

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

Teach IT to more retirees, revolutionalize IT instructions in the public school system, building a decent building for its own students.

Ways to make it better...

I was able to learn on the latest version of Windows.

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

Finances.

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

Debony Hart is a great teach.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-11-01

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4 people found this review helpful

I am the District of Columbia Housing Authority Family Commissioner elect by the Family Communties of Public Housing in the District of Columbia. My position is a volunteer position which lead me to Byte Back, during the Summer to refreshing my IT skills. I was overwhelm with my instructor from the Mayor Summer Youth Program. I now can use power point, comfortable once again with Excel. The instructors are very patience, and make learning fun. I love the on hand training, and every question was a demonstration instead of an answer. I highly recommend this program if you have to take a test at a temp agency, or want to open up your own business, or if you want to learn to be a IT computer volunteer.

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

My personnaly experience with the organization allow me to do powerpoint presentations to Vann-Ghasri Focus Group, and at Round Table Discussions.

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

Include an OutReach team, and a Speakers Bureau. Transporation (tokens or subway pass for unemploy clients who are not in grant funded programs.

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

The hand on demonstration without a book.

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

sensitve to need of the client, and professional. Very helpful with resources.

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

Open up a office in every ward to assist those low-moderate income residents whom would never have an opportunity to receive IT. The organizaiton provide subway pass for residents not residing in Ward 5.

Ways to make it better...

There was employment possibilities.

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

Finance.

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

Each one Teach One. Giving back to those whom given to you.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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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

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

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

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

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?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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