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  • Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 10:45

    Over nine weeks this spring, we trained students to become our TXT SEALS, an elite squad of TXTers who have been trained as full-stack developers. These young men of color have each undergone over a year of computer science and entrepreneurship education led by our trained staff. In addition to learning how to code with the MEAN Stack, SEALS also learned about being a tech business leader. We are very proud of our SEALs and we can't wait to put them to work on web and app development projects in our community. Are you interested in hiring...

  • Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 13:10

    We recently partnered with Techqueria to host over 30 Latino tech professionals at the Cube. Focused on civic technology and tech for good, attendees learned how tech leaders are using technology to address social problems like racial disparities and the housing crisis. For links to the presentations from Chris Cuellar of ColorCoded.LA and Juan Vasquez from the City of Los Angeles, click here.

    Latinos currently make up just 3% of the tech...

  • Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 12:15

    TXT recently partnered with the Pritzker Foundation for a hackathon called #HackFosterCareLA. We believe foster youth should be able to grow their tech skills and make meaningful changes to the foster care system. On Saturday, April 15, TXT provided a design thinking and coding workshop in order for foster youth to confidently hack away. Over 90% of the attendees said they wanted to continue working with TXT to build technology solutions for problems in the foster care system. As a panelist, our CEO also presented about...

  • Friday, November 4, 2016 - 00:00

    We’d like to give a special thanks to Media Temple for sponsoring the 2016 Hustle N’ Code Hackathon!   Media Temple provides web and cloud hosting solutions and services to web designers, web developers, enterprises and the agencies that support them so they can focus on running their businesses rather than managing their servers.  Based in our hometown of Los Angeles, the 18-year old company has supported TXT and volunteered with our organization since the very beginning.   “We are honored to continue to sponsor an organization that is doing such impactful and meaningful work to empower...

  • Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 12:52

    Los Angeles, CA - This week, Teens Exploring Technology (TXT) CEO Oscar Menjivar was a featured speaker at South by South Lawn (SXSL), a White House festival of ideas, art, and action. His panel, “LA, a Case Study in Innovation,” discussed how Menjivar and other leaders in nonprofits and government are working with tech and media companies to address the challenges facing Los Angeles.

     

    President Obama gave Menjivar...

  • Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 13:03

    On Monday, October 3, TXT: Teens Exploring Technology CEO Oscar Menjivar will be a featured speaker at South by South Lawn (SXSL), a White House festival of ideas, art, and action. He is participating in an afternoon session called “LA, a Case Study in Innovation.”   The session will discuss how Menjivar and other leaders in nonprofits and government have worked with tech and media companies to address the challenges facing Los Angeles. Since founding TXT--which helps inner-city youth develop leadership, coding and entrepreneurial skills using...

  • Friday, June 17, 2016 - 00:00

    Rapper Lupe Fiasco and Waze executive Di-Ann Eisnor toured the Cube. They heard from TxTers about group projects, learning at TxT, and competing at Demo Day. TxTers also shared their ideas for new companies and asked thoughtful questions. Fiasco and Eisnor said they were very impressed with the knowledge and passion of our TxTers.

    Lupe Fiasco and Di-Ann Eisnor came to South Central talk about Neighborhood Start Fund, their brand new competition for startups in low-income communities. During the competition, people can submit any...

  • Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 13:53

    For the first time ever, TxT took the Summer Coding Leadership Academy “LILs” and Coaches to the Arrowhead Pine Rose Cabins for four days at camp. Camping in the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains was a brand new experience for nearly everyone and, with its ponds, streams and meadows, a big change from life in South Central Los Angeles.

    Throughout their time in the great outdoors, LILs solved challenging puzzles that required teamwork, planning, and critical thinking. Team-building activities took them out of their comfort...

  • Friday, May 27, 2016 - 13:40

    One of our seniors, Cesar Alvarenga who will be attending UC Irvine in the fall majoring in Computer Engineering, shared his experience about TXT and his current attitude about pursuing college.

    Why did you join TXT?

    "My brother motivated me through his character development and I wanted the same for myself."

    What kind of growth have you seen in TXT?

    “I’ve seen a growth in the number of staff, space and resources. The growth in the number of staff reflects a growth in the network for us TXT’ers and to fulfill demand for the...

  • Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 15:10

     

    On Tuesday, March 22, 2016, TXT: Teens Exploring Technology spread the message about its Summer Coding Leadership Academy. Young men of color who previously participated in the program called other high school students who are eligible to participate to remind them of the upcoming application deadline. Program coordinator, Debbie Paramo-Martinez and founder, Oscar Menjivar have visited schools throughout South...

  • Friday, March 11, 2016 - 15:28

    TXT’s mission is to empower young men of color to become catalysts of change in their community, with a focus on Black and Latino boys. We build confidence in our young men in order for them to change the world with tech.

    We have noticed something, however: a lack of resources for young black boys to enter the STEM space or entrepreneurship careers. Sure, there are a number of great programs that serve as a healthy athletic platform for our young black men, but not everyone is going to be Marshawn Lynch with the rock or be able to pull up from the 3 point line like Steph Curry. ...

  • Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 07:10

    It is with great pleasure that we at TXT invite you to the grand opening of “The Cube v 2.0!” With fond memories and great fun attached to our previous location, we have been fortunate to relocate and open our new and improved headquarters and hackerspace in South Los Angeles; a place for community members to “Lead, Innovate, and Learn” together.  The Cube Grand Opening will begin at 10am...

  • Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 07:08

    Los Angeles, we’re back at it again with “Hustle and Code: Innovating Together”, a Hackathon that will serve more than 100 technologically under resourced children and youth (ages 8-17 years old) from Housing Development communities in El Pueblos Community Housing Development (Compton and 51st street).

    As with our previous, inaugural “Hustle and Code” Hackathon  – hosted at the Jordan Downs Housing Community, where over 80 children and youth were served – we want to show, together with our volunteers and sponsors, that children from our community - including highly...

  • Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 07:04

    This month, we would like to recognize Marco Solis, an alumnus of TXT’s pilot program.

    Marco grew up in South Los Angeles with a raging desire to be immersed in the study of computers and engineering, but without adequate access to those resources. He joined TXT and the rest - as they say - is history.

    With an endowment of inspiration and a healthy appetite for hard work, Marco recently completed his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree this spring from Stanford University. As shared with our TXT Summer Coding Leadership Academy during our trip to...

  • Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 17:58

    It is with great pleasure that we at TXT invite you to the grand opening of “The Cube v 2.0!” With fond memories and great fun attached to our previous location, we have been fortunate to relocate and open our new and improved headquarters and hackerspace in South Los Angeles; a place for community members to “Lead, Innovate, and Learn” together.  The Cube Grand Opening will begin at 10am (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/grand-opening-of-the-cube-tickets-19107078787), with hors d’...

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