TXT CEO Oscar Menjivar discusses South LA innovation at White House

Submitted by Aonya McCruiston on Thursday October 06, 2016

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 a shout-out in a Medium article writing, “The folks out on the lawn today are artists, creators, entrepreneurs, and innovators who will share how they’ve used their unique skills to engage their communities in making the change they want to see…[such as] Oscar Menjivar, who is pushing schools in Los Angeles to bring technology into the classroom so kids can get a head start on coding.”


“I was honored to join SXSL at the White House this week,” said Menjivar. “It was an incredible opportunity to put South Central’s diverse and talented innovators on the map. We can officially say that our movement to end the school-to-prison pipeline with technology has a national audience. Now that we’ve made it to the White House, I can’t wait see where TXT can go next.”


Prior to his panel at SXSL, Menjivar met with Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Los Angeles) and representatives from the Department of Education in Washington, DC to discuss TXT’s innovative model which helps inner-city youth develop leadership, coding and entrepreneurial skills using technology. Menjivar’s work has put him at the forefront of social innovation in Los Angeles and at the intersection of technology and education. He is a vocal critic of the school-to-prison pipeline and a strong advocate for making South LA the next tech hub in the nation.


Menjivar is available for comment to discuss his trip to DC as well as innovation in South Los Angeles, diversity in technology and STEM education. 


Watch LA, a Case Study in Innovation here.


About TXT: Teens Exploring Technology


TXT: Teens Exploring Technology encourages young men of color to become catalysts of change in low-income communities. We use technology to promote positive youth development, build confidence, develop leadership skills, encourage entrepreneurship and ultimately, pave the way to higher education and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). We are the premier technology organization developing teens from South Los Angeles, Watts, and Compton into a new generation of innovators and technology leaders. For more information about how to support TXT, visit exploringtech.org.