Oscar Menjivar is a social entrepreneur leading and developing new programs for low-income communities in Los Angeles. Oscar is a dedicated individual and devotes much of this time to bettering his community. Oscar founded URBAN Teens eXploring Technology (URBAN TxT), a nonprofit organization that provides a program to help inner-city youth develop leadership, coding and entrepreneurial skills through the use of technology. URBAN Teens eXploring Technology, a program that is revolutionizing the way teens use and learn technology in the Inner City.
Oscar received his Master’s degree from Pepperdine in Leaning technology and his Bachelor’s in Science in Computer Information Systems.
Oscar’s professional background includes Educational Technology Consultant for The Riordan Foundation (TRF). At TRF he advises school executives on how to implement technology in the classroom. Developing technology curriculum for Greendot, Animo Pat Brown High School. He served as a multimedia arts and leadership consultant for the USC Upward Bound Math/Science Program. During his tenure at USC, he successfully implemented a leadership and digital arts course for youth in Los Angeles. The digital arts course has produced winners for international and national website competitions. Oscar has run a successful consulting business for over four years. He worked as a technology consultant for Small Businesses in the Los Angeles County. As a small business consultant, Oscar guided over 100 small business owners with business planning and budgeting. In 2004, Oscar joined the Long Beach YMCA Youth Institute as Multimedia Technology Program Coordinator. Oscar learned how to start and run a successful social enterprise at the Youth Institute.
Oscar was intrigued by computers and decided to attend a magnet high school for its technology program. However, to his surprise, in 1996 not much technology existed on campus, and the most effective organizations in recruiting young men were gangs. Oscar saw one of his best friends fall victim to gangs and pledged that he would help create a program that can influence youngsters become leaders who would impact their communities in a positive way.