After 20 years operating out of a converted rowhouse in Brookland, digital inclusion nonprofit Byte Back is about to get a modern new home. The nonprofit, which teaches basic computer skills to the District’s underserved residents in a bid to close D.C.’s digital divide, will move to NoMa this summer.
“We are thrilled to be moving into a space that fits who Byte Back is on the inside as an organization. It will outwardly reflect the modern, professional work we’re doing,” Elizabeth Lindsey, the organization’s executive director, said in a statement. “It will be a space our students are proud to study in, a place they feel safe in and a space that encourages them to be professional and reach their career goals.”
Indeed, updating the organization’s systems and processes has been a big focus for Lindsey since she joined as executive director in September 2015. Byte Back’s growth has pushed its old PCs and small classrooms to the brink in the past few years. In 2016, Byte Back taught 93 classes to 854 D.C. residents.
The new space will have four classrooms as well as a new video production studio and virtual classroom. And the location, just two blocks from Union Station, serves as a central point for the organization’s students, most of whom come from Wards 5, 6, 7 and 8, the nonprofit reports.