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Byte Back's Online Newsletter, October 2011

Byte Back's Online Newsletter, October 2011

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Info-Bits:ByteBack'sOnlineNewsletter,October2011
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INFO-BITS
TheonlinenewsletterofByteBackIOctober2011
HomeAboutUsOurMissionDonorHeadauartersContactUs
Sincetheonsetoftherecession,ByteBackdramaticallyincreasedthenumberofsites,numberofstudentsservedandthenumberandtypesofclassesoffered.Wegrewfrom
two
sitesto19sites.Weexpandedthenumberofstudentstaughtannuallyfrom293to1033(352%)andthenumberofcourse
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August
2011
ByteBackTurns14ServiceCorpsMembersReflectonTeachingMore
han
400SwdentsSignUpforClassesByteBackExpandsOfficeSpace,OpensCareerCenterByteBackEnrolls60
sudens
!hroughDeparlmentofHurnanServicesVolunteerOooorunhes
Followusonline:
Today,ByteBackTurns14!
Willyouhelpuscelebrate?
Fourteenyearsagotoday,ByteBackwasbornandthereismuchtocelebrate!
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Info-Bits:ByteBack'sOnlineNewsletter,October2011
slotsprovidedperyearfrom365to1433(392%).Inaddition,webecamealicensedpost-secondaryschoolandin2010ByteBackwasoneoffiveFinalistsforthecovetedWashingtonPostAwardforExcellenceinNon-profitManagement.InFYI0,thankstoourvolunteerinstructorsandournonprofitpartnersites,thereturnoninvestmentforByteBack'sjobtrainingprogramswas1082%,meaningthatevery$100investedintrainingunemployedstudentsseekingworkresultedin$1,082inincreasedstudentearnings.Inthepastyear,webeganteachingcomputerclassesinspanishandAmericanSignLanguage.InFY11,atotalof234volunteersgaveovertwentythousandhoursoftheirtimetoserveourmission!Wenowoffereightindustry-recognizedITcertificationprogramsaimedatgrowthoccupationsthatpayalivingwagewithampleopportuntiesforadvancement.Despiteourgrowthandsuccesses,low-incomeDistrictresidentsneedourservicesnowmorethanever.OnAugust25,weopenedupregistrationforfallclasses:37classesat13sitesthroughoutthecity.Bytheendofthefirstdayofregistration,allofourcomputerliteracyclasseswerefull!Whiletheunemploymentrateis3%inWardThree,itisalmosttentimesthatlevelinWardEight.Acriticalproblemourcityfacesisthatmanyofourresidentsarenotqualifiedforthejobswhichareavailable.Only30%ofDistrictjobsareheldbyDistrictresidents.ByteBackistackingthisproblembyprovidingsolidjobskillsingrowthindustryoccupations.Asweembarkonfiscalyear2011-2012,we
will
needtodomoreforourcommunitythaneverbefore.Inordertodoso,ByteBackneedsyourhelp.ThesuccessofourstudentsdependsheavilyonthesuccessofByteBack;thatiswhyweareprovidingthisopportunityforByteBackalumni,partnersanddonorstohelpothersreachtheirfullpotential.TodayIamaskingyoutohelpuscelebratethesuccessesofourstudentsbygivingatax-deductiblebirthdaygifttoByteBack.OurstaffandvolunteersworkhardtoprovidehighqualityprogramminginaverycosteffectivemannerandIhopewecancountonyouforagenerousdonation.Wouldyouconsidermakinga$14donationtodayinhonorofourbirthday?Perhapsyoucangiveevenmore,suchas$140or$1,400.Pleaseconsiderinvestingasmuchasyoucaninthefutureofourdedicatedanddeterminedstudents.Ithankyouforyourtimeandconsideration.Welookforwardtowhateversupportyoucanprovide.Pleasealsocheckformatchingfundsthroughyouremployer.Manycompanieshavematchingprogramsforcommunitynon-profitorganizations
like
ours.
If
youwould
like
additionalinformationaboutByteBack,pleasecontactmeatkellsworth@byteback.org,andI
will
behappytoansweranyquestionsyoumayhave.Youmayalsovisitbyteback.orgorcontactusdirectlybyphoneat(202)529-3395.Youcanalsodonateonline.
If
youaresendingyourdonationintheformofacheck,pleasemakeitpayableto"ByteBack"andmailitto815MonroeStNE,WashingtonDC20017.
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OurnextclassesstartonNovember2so
if
isatallpossible,pleaseconsidervisitingourwebsitetomakeadonation,orvisitusatourheadquartersat815MonroeStreetNortheast,Washington,
D.c.
Thankyouforyourconsideration.ByteBackcouldn'tdoitwithoutthegenerosityofdonors
like
you.Sincerely,KelleyEllsworthExecutiveDirector
VolunteerSpotlight:ServiceCorpsMembersReflectonTeaching
Ourvolunteerinstructors,whoservethroughAmeriCorpsandrelatedservicecorpsorganizations,havebeenatByteBackforaboutamonthandahalfnow.Already,theyarenotonlyteachingourstudentsandbridgingthedigitaldivide,buttheyarealreadylearningfromtheirownserviceexperiences.Herearewhatthreeofourvolunteershavetosayabouttheirexperiencessofar:
Griffin,volunteerinstructor
"Thisweek,onestudent,JoAnne,hadabreakthroughmoment.WhenherPersonalComputingforBeginnersclasshadjustlearnedaboutthecut,copy,andpastefunctions,andstudentsstartedpracticing,JoAnnehadahardtime.Forabeginningcomputerstudent,copyingandpastingcanbeascaryskilltolearn.Sheaskedforhelpbutsaidshewassureshecouldn'ttodoit.Shedidfinecopyingandpastingwhenshewaswalkedthroughitstepbystepbutwhenshewenttodoitonherown,shewasunsureofherself.Shetookthefirststepnervously,highlightingtextwithhermouse,andusingawrittenguide.Thenshesimplysaidthestepsasshetookthem,oneatatime,andsucceeded!"Bytryingevenwhenshewasn'tsureofherself,JoAnnesurprisedherself.Withpractice,timeandencouragement,shewillsurelycontinueexpandingherknowledgeandskills."--Griffin
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