A project of COMMUNITY PARTNERS
Inspiring young men of color between the 7th - 11th grade to be technology leaders
URBAN TxT is setting the tech world on fire by inspiring teen males to become technology entrepreneurs
Our goal: $100,000+
1. Expand URBAN TxT to 2 new schools South Los Angeles and Watts
2. Build capacity to serve more students and teach to love to code
3. Provide the first Technology Innovation Hub for the community of South Los Angeles
Together we can impact the lives of determined young men.55% of young men in South Los Angles will not finish High School. 70% of those without a high school degree will be unemployed. The program puts their bright futures in their hands by providing them with a demanding and immersive experience, developing them into a new generation of technology leaders. Our approach is to use technology as a tool for youth development, leadership, and to pave the pathway to higher education and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).
Jesus, 17, had a 2.8 GPA before entering Urban TxT. Now he has a 3.8. "Suddenly, everything seems possible."
This highly effective program develops the next generation of tech entrepreneurs by teaching them leadership, entrepreneurship, and public speaking through coding.
Teens accepted into the program build web and mobile-based products that address issues in their communities they identified.
About URBAN TxT
URBAN Teens eXploring Technology (TxT) is the brainchild of Oscar Menjivar, a graduate of Jordan High School in Watts. He cites his mentor and extra-curricular activities as an important reason he was able to eventually get a Masters from Pepperdine University and escape the pitfalls, like gangs and unemployment, which often plague the young men of Los Angeles. Founded in 2008, URBAN TxT is an innovative technology program which inspires inner city teen males to become catalysts for change in their communities.
“There is a hunger to learn web and app development in the inner city, we received over 150 applications but were only able to serve 30 teens " says Menjivar
100% of graduating seniors that have gone through URBAN TxT are accepted into 4-year universities, including Stanford and the University of Southern California
75% of program alumni now in college go into Science and Technology and 25% go into business majors
URBAN TxT has a 95% program retention rate
Our goal is to become a national model!
Google Chairman Eric Schmidt advises URBAN TxT alumnus during Google LA Fireside Chat, “You will be wealthy beyond your dreams, keep doing what you are doing. I wish I had a million people just like you.”
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