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  • Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 22:28

    At URBAN TxT, we believe that nothing is hard, just a lot of work, which is why we’re on a mission to raise $100,000 so that we can accept hundreds of teens into our coding academies. Our campaign is running on Razoo and will wrap up on November 13th.

    “Over the past years we’ve served more than 100 teens, reached over 400 families, have a 95% retention rate, and 100% of students that completed our program have gone into 4-year universities,” says Oscar Menjivar, founder of URBAN TxT. “It’s time to make a bigger impact, and our goal is to reach five additional...

  • Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 10:34

    "I have learned many things while at URBAN TxT, from coding to applying to colleges. 

    During the coding academy, my team and I built a we app that helps residents of Los Angeles find healthy restaurants (Valetudo).

    I like many things about URBAN TxT, but my favorites are the community and culture we have built. 

    I see technology and community playing a huge role in my future. I plan to continue expanding and honing in on my coding skills and making a name for myself.” 

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  • Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 13:34

    “In URBAN TxT I learned to persist through hard times. 

    Nothing is hard, just a lot of work.”

    I built a web app that displays running routes through South Los Angeles with a team of two other TxT’ers.”

    For me, I like the opportunities that come with URBAN TxT. It was fun going on trips to places like Atom Factory and learning the things I’ve learned.

    I see myself doing computer programming and graphic design, and creating video games. With the skills I’ve acquired from URBAN TxT I now feel better prepared for it.”

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  • Friday, October 4, 2013 - 10:33

    "When we think of South Los Angeles, the first thing that comes to mind may not be the fact South LA may actually be the next hub for tech innovators and social entrepreneurs. 

    But that is exactly what my guest this morning envisions. Oscar Menjivar, originally from Watts, started his non-profit, UrbanTXT to help inner city teens the value of technology and the skills to be entrepreneurs.” - Wendy Carrillo, Power 106 LA

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  • Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 09:12

    Juan Vasquez, communications coach, was interviewed by Zoomph while at SXSW V2V in Las Vegas. 

    Members of the URBAN TxT leadership team were invited to participate at the 1st ever SXSW V2V in Las Vegas. SXSW V2V is part of SXSW, traditionally held in Austin, Texas, and also focuses on technology, music, film, and entrepreneurship.  

    Zoomph is a social media company that focuses on analytics and display. 

  • Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 10:33

    Jonathan is the exception to the “rule.” The 15 year-old is a sophomore at Locke High School in South Los Angeles, and he is breaking all the stereotypes of what a kid in Watts would be doing in the 10th Grade. He is not rapping, skipping school, or dreaming about an NFL career. Instead, he is finding solutions to community problems through computer programming and iPhone app development. 

    Even though the words “Watts” and “South Los Angeles” are associated with crime, drugs, and violence, Jonathan is redefining what the future of Watts will be associated with - technology. Raised...

  • Monday, September 2, 2013 - 10:15

    Coding as a tool to create a positive mindshift in teens 

    At URBAN Teens eXploring Technology (URBAN TxT), we use coding as a tool for youth leadership development. Through it we are able to create a positive mindshift that empowers our young men of color to know that the world is full of opportunities for them to explore.

    Our goal is that our teens become tech leaders who also serve as positive role models for other males. Using technology and a vision for a better world, our teens build positive communities by creating web and mobile...
  • Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 17:39

    When we dive into coding our 7th through 11th grade young men tend to say it’s “too difficult”, “intimidating” or “confusing.” A select few start off their days in computer programming with “woah, that’s cool.”

    No matter what the reaction is, their efforts under our guidance in URBAN Teens eXploring Technology result in web and mobile products that improve communities. And they are built in 10 weeks or less. “How do you guys do it?” is one of the first questions people ask.

    The answer is simple. Coding is the tool, leadership development is the end goal. We don’t see coding...

  • Saturday, August 24, 2013 - 15:20

    Oscar Menjivar, URBAN TxT founder and a graduate of Jordan High School in Watts, spoke earlier today with game-changers from across the world who were invited to Los Angeles by GOOD, a organization that is building physical and digital communities around education, innovation, and social responsibility.

    Oscar met with the fellows to explain our model and how we at URBAN TxT view on using computer programming to build strong young leaders in low-income communities. Oscar had a chance to show how we inspire teens to become leaders through technology. “Leadership is our main priority,...

  • Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 09:14

    What are we about and what do we do at URBAN Teens eXploring Technology? Let our teens show you. 

    We’re the only technology organization in South Los Angeles that uses technology as the tool to inspire young men to become technology entrepreneurs. Through coding, our teens learn business development, leadership, and public speakings. 

    During our 15-week summer coding academy our teens created a total of 8 products (1 iPhone app, 1 Android app, 1 Facebook app, and 5 web based apps) that tackle different problems in their community. 

  • Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 18:57

    "When we decided to build a web-app for runners in South Los Angeles, I realized we needed to package it up in an innovative, fun, and interactive way," said Jesus, 17, project manager for South LA Runs. “We turned South Los Angeles into an amusement park, and each route is branded in a unique way.”

    During the Q&A portion of South LA Runs’ pitch former mayor Richard Riordan brought up an interesting business opportunity. He asked the group if they would be open to The Pantry, an iconic downtown LA restaurant...