of young men of color in low income communities drop out of high school
students participating in TXT programs since its inception in 2009
TXT SCLA graduates are attending an institution of higher learning
“We believe that access to technology should be available to everyone, including communities lower on the socio-economic ladder. Through our curriculum, we develop a culture of innovation, collaboration, and excellence among our teens. Technology is the equalizer of the 21st Century and therefore we are committed to nurturing our future leaders.” -Oscar Menjivar
Teens Exploring Technology is an award-winning non-profit organization recognized by Google RISE that trains young professionals for two years with the skills to develop and design websites and mobile apps. Teens Exploring Technology encourages inner city Black and Latino males to become catalysts of change in urban communities. Our approach is to use technology as a tool for promoting positive youth development and leadership, and ultimately paving the pathway to higher education and interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).
Through TXT Labs, young developers are paired with tech gurus with backgrounds and experience at companies like Google, Yahoo and Snapchat to produce high quality products.
TXT Labs improves the lives of traditionally underrepresented youth in L.A. by providing them with instruction and experience in design, software development, and entrepreneurship, while creating job opportunities. By working with us, you are providing 21st-century workforce and youth development opportunities and experience to at-risk teens in our most challenging communities. All profits go back into the community and fund Teens Exploring Technology’s Coding Leadership Academies.
We serve young men of color between the 7th and 11th grade who are from low income communities.
Since 2009, we’ve used the concept of developing strong teams as a way for our young men
to learn about collaboration, ideation, and long-lasting life skills. In small teams, our
youths learn the process of taking an idea from concept to market.
Our hacker space
3655 South Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90007 Ste. 220