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.
Our black boys, in their teenage years, need more than the stereotypical pathways. We must support them with new opportunities and show them that they can be successful in STEM careers.
We hosted the Young Black Men’s Tech Conference last month as an opportunity to bring more young black men from low-income communities into the fold of tech and entrepreneurship. We served 75 young men with the help of 25 volunteers. We believe in investing in our young men.
In an ideal world, we would hold a tech conference for 100 black and 100 latino boys, we would have an even split. The Young Black Men’s Tech Conference is a concentrated, targeted effort that lets our young black boys know that TXT, and the tech world in general, is a place where they can thrive.
We had black men and women in the technology industry present their insights, LA City Council-Member Marqueece Harris-Dawson as keynote speaker, music, food, prizes. It was an opportunity for our young men to build out their own app ideas connect with some cool black men and women from all over the tech space.