URBAN TxT kicks off $100,000 crowdfunding campaign to serve more schools and hundreds of teens and families

URBAN TxT
URBAN Teens eXploring Technology

1000 N. Alameda Street, Suite 240 | Los Angeles, CA 90012

Press Contact:
Juan Vasquez | 
754.367.1033 | juan@urbantxt.com

 October 2nd,  2013

 

URBAN Teens eXploring Technology (URBAN TxT) is based in South Los Angeles and recruits young men of color between the 7th and 11th grade for its year-round coding academies. The organization officially launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise $100,000 as a way to inspire more teens to become tech leaders through coding while developing positive communities. 

Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles, CA – One of the main philosophies at URBAN Teens eXploring Technology, the 3-year old organization based in South Los Angeles, is that “nothing is hard, just a lot of work.” The teens and staff live this mentality, making URBAN TxT’s new crowdfunding campaign on Razoo that much more exciting as the organization works to raise $100,000 between now and 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,” said Oscar Menjivar, founder of URBAN TxT. “It’s time to make a bigger impact, and our goal is to reach five additional schools, expand our summer coding academy, and to start an innovation hub for the South Los Angeles community.” 

By 2020 there will be more than 8.6 million jobs in STEM fields, and currently only 16% of students graduate high school proficient in subjects that lead into these careers. The number is even lower in areas like South Los Angeles, where young men of color face concerning drop out and incarceration rates. The organization is making a big impact in the South Los Angeles education scene by using coding as a leadership development tool and a curriculum that shakes students loose of many barriers that prevent them reaching their full potential.

“With us, teens develop discipline, confidence, and critical thinking skills as they develop into tech leaders,” explains Menjivar. “Our focus is much bigger than just the technology, for us its about inspiring young men to be role models for other teens and to build a positive community along the way.

URBAN TxT’s crowdfunding campaign will run until November 13th. Those interested in helping the organization reach its goal of $100,000 can donate at  http://www.razoo.com/story/Urbantxt#.

URBAN TxT is a unique tech nonprofit setting the tech world on fire by inspiring young men of color to become tech leaders. Through coding, teens learn leadership, entrepreneurship, and public speaking skills. Learn more about URBAN TxT at www.urbantxt.org and join their online communities on Facebook and Twitter.

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Picture description:
Oscar Menjivar, founder, working with a group of young teens on computer programming and troubleshooting during the summer coding academy.