South LA + HackerSpace = Innovative youth community united to learn technology skills together

submission by URBAN TxT

Organization Name

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URBAN Teens eXploring Technology (URBAN TxT)

Website

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http://www.urbantxt.com

Indicator

Please select the one indicator that is most relevant to your project or organization: Education

What is your idea and how will it impact your indicator?

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Imagine what life could be like if a teen in South Los Angeles could see more computers than liquor stores while walking home from school. Imagine if South LA did not have the highest unemployment rate in the city but instead produced the highest number of tech pioneers in the country. URBAN Teens eXploring Technology (URBAN TxT), a local nonprofit with a city-wide focus, seeks to accomplish that by building a technology innovation center in one of the most underinvested areas in the city.

URBAN TxT will build a “hacker space” - a space with technology equipment and an open-door policy for everyone who wants to express creativity, address social issues through computer programing, and innovate through collaboration. URBAN TxT’s hacker space will also be BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) by providing wireless connectivity so that those with computers, tablets or phones can come in to work on individual or team projects. At this space you will find individuals with different levels of technology experience who will help each other master 21st century skills.

In an area of the city where teens will come across more prostitutes than parks, a community space that unites technology and innovative thinking will transform the landscape of how the community interacts within itself and with the city. URBAN TxT’s hacker space is the next logical step for a program that has used computer programming and web development over the past three years to set inner city youth on a path of leadership and STEM careers.

More importantly, the hacker space will be a sanctuary for the next generation of leaders so that they can learn the skills needed to fulfill today’s job opportunities and to excel in the jobs of tomorrow. URBAN TxT’s vision for a hacker space is bigger than a community center that uses technology to bring everyone together for an innovative and better future. It will prepare students for college and beyond, while empowering those not in school and educating parents so everyone can succeed in the working world.

Investing in a South LA technology innovation center, or hacker space, means investing where we’ll see the biggest impact. The population of South LA is hungry for success and opportunity because life there does not offer an easy path. The area sees more than half of its students drop out of school. With 32% of African Americans unemployed and Latinos not far behind, it’s imperative we do something to shift trends and prevent further damage.

URBAN TxT’s hacker space will empower a population that has a drive to succeed which has not yet been nurtured. Although the direct investment is localized to South LA, the benefits go past the city of LA. The space will be available to everyone who wants to use technology and creativity in a positive manner. Better yet, because technology breaks down physical barriers, a part of the city that currently has an abysmal 30% of homes with internet access could be connected to all parts of the world.

URBAN TxT's hacker space will also provide a community space for schools, churches, non-profit organizations and others that need to add tech to their curriculums. The space will serve as a venue for community events, like the South LA Hack-A-Thon which already happened once in February and will happen again on April 13th, 2013, to further bring the community together.

Education will be heavily impacted through URBAN TxT's hacker space. The initiative will increase attendance rates of inner city youth to 4-year universities, engage students in the educational process through a recreational outlet with professional benefits, and will increase scholarship opportunities by providing students with valuable skills and experience.

URBAN TxT's hacker space will further impact education by uniting diverse and specialized skill sets thanks to and through partnerships. The space will allow for workshops on new programming languages, forums with founders of tech start-ups and team building activities using different educational techniques.

The impact on the indicator can be predicted because URBAN TxT is already seeing these results. 100% of graduating seniors that go through URBAN TxT have gone on to 4-year universities, all students come out of the program with advanced tech knowledge, founders and executive from small and large tech companies are already involved, students have higher aspirations and confidence levels, and the program continuously explores learning methods that create accountability between students while producing better results.

The group started out meeting at a local coffee shop already released its first product built by students, YouPolitic.me. Students built the online platform in the summer of 2012 as a way to engage high school students in the political process. The site runs mock elections, aggregates data and allows for easy sharing. URBAN TxT represents the future of education and business, with responsibility first and enterprise second.

What are some of your organization’s most important achievements to date?

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Over the past three years URBAN Teens eXploring Technology has experienced many achievements:
- 70% of the students in the program go on to computer engineering degrees.
-100% of the students graduate high school and
- 90% go on to a four-year university.
- Program has a 100% retention rate
- 60% students have made an upswing in academic performance while top performers maintain high grades
- 25% of program alumni come back during the summer to mentor and serve as project manager of the teens
- 75% increase in understanding the power of technology to change communities
- The video entry for this wonderful grant was created, directed, produced and edited by URBAN TxT members and alumni

One of URBAN TxT's biggest achievements happened during the summer of 2012, when a 5-member student team launched YouPolitic.me. The students created a web-based platform which engages youth in the political discussion and educates them on candidates' platforms by creating mock elections. The site has now been live for close to 9 months and continues to grow.

Recent press coverage:
Inc.: http://tinyurl.com/brnajo5
Intersections South LA: http://tinyurl.com/cwa3msc
Intersections South LA: http://tinyurl.com/chu25lx
LAist: http://tinyurl.com/lofqsw
VolunTeen Nation: http://tinyurl.com/creka3y

Please identify any partners or collaborators who will work with you on this project.

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32st MAST School, Markham Middle School, Manual Arts HS, Foshay School, John Muir, ICEF Schools, Alliance Schools :Will help promote youth involvement and tech education among students in the area

West Adams School: Will collaborate on project base learning curriculum

Iglesia De Dios Camino Santidad: Provide technology training to their members

DropLabs: Collaborate with them to put on workshops for South LA community

Nation Builder: Collaborate to provide Data Management Training to NPO , provide internships for our youth

ZeroDivide: Will help us strategically expand our technology efforts to larger communities and will provide internships for our youth

Microsoft BizSpark: Collaborate to provide Microsoft phone development

Please explain how you will evaluate your project. How will you measure success?

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URBAN Teens eXploring Technology (URBAN TxT) is all about results, tracking and data. Success for URBAN TxT's hacker space impact of education in Los Angeles will be measured through community involvement in educational activities, new skills development across all age groups and a growing social enterprise model based around education and trends:

Community involvement:
- At least 25 members will visit the space an average of 4 times per week, every month
- Develop relationships with 50% of local organizations in the first year on uniting the community and creating awareness for educational and community resources

New skills development:
- Educate 5 new business owners how to increase sales and productivity through technology every month
- Teach 1 organization who had no digital presence how to create a digital footprint every month
- Coach 2 organizations who had small or limited digital presences grow their digital foot print every month
- Create 1 class of technology ambassadors every 6 months to educate the rest of the city on the power of technology in the community environment

Growing social enterprise:
- Have students and community members create and launch 5 products per year
- Provide internship spring break, summer and winter internship programs to educate students on professional behavior, leadership, technology and business as a way to prepare them for college and the working world

For those who enroll in URBAN TxT's summer program, success will be measured by:
- 90% of youth will enroll in higher education
- 90% of youth will graduate High School
- 80% of students participating in summer programs will master web develop by creating a web port
- Increase awareness of STEM careers and majors by 100% percent
- Improve collaboration skills by 70%
- Increase students knowledge of HTML by 60%
- Increase confidence and leadership by 50%

How will your project benefit Los Angeles? Please be specific.

URBAN TxT’s hacker space will benefit Los Angeles by creating an innovation hub in one of the areas with the highest number of youths and the lowest number of educational opportunities. The open access to technology and educational resources will keep kids off the street while arming them with the skills they actually need to not just survive, but excel in life. An innovation center that doubles as a technological sanctuary will make our younger generations more appealing to future employees, prepare them to be the best professionals in LA, and more importantly, give them the business and technology skills so that they can start their own ventures.

Detention rooms in our South Los Angeles high schools are filled with African American and Latino males. High incarceration and dropout rates plague male students in South Los Angeles as on average 54% of them will not graduate high school. Those who graduate school are often times unprepared to enter the workforce. This creates a growing skills gap for STEM positions in which demand outweighs the supply of a skilled workforce, especially in South LA. URBAN TxT’s hacker space tackles the root issues and turns what is now a weakness into a strength. The hacker space is part of a larger vision that will turn LA into the breeding ground for the next wave of innovators and visionaries of the world.

By giving a person of any age, background, ethnicity or religion the skills to innovate and a safe place to do so, we unleash vast amounts of untapped potential that would have otherwise been wasted. URBAN TxT’s hacker space will be the catalyst that will turn a poverty stricken, gang infested and crime riddled area into a case study for what could be if the right people assets and capital were in place. The hacker space will spark a movement towards more collaboration in learning, innovative use of resources and spaces to drive new ideas and a dedication to education and personal growth unlike anything the city has seen before.

A technology driven community space like URBAN TxT’s hacker space will open up a world of opportunities to all members of the community. This space will encourage everyone to innovate, use its resources to find job opportunities and online educational programs and to discover what the world has to offer through technology. The hacker space will spark more than just our youths, it will spark unity and forward thinking within an area that continues to fall behind the rest of the city and the country. Community members will be encouraged to take advantage of free online classes through programs like iTunes U while connecting with people all over the world with software like Skype of Google+ Hangouts.

The benefits of URBAN TxT's hacker space go well past South LA. The organization will create a team of ambassadors to share knowledge and the vision for technology and education merging together. The team will share findings with the city, while inviting everyone to be a part of it.

What would success look like in the year 2050 regarding your indicator?

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Educational success in 2050 will look like an evolved, transformed and improved version of what education in Los Angeles is today. Through URBAN TxT's project Los Angeles will be exposed to a world of opportunities that will shift current trends towards a positive direction and will engage many and most members of society in education.

Our vision for education in 2050 aims to become a model of how project-base learning can be use to engage students in computer programming through collaboration.

If a center like URBAN TxT's hacker space works in South LA to engage what is currently one of the most disengaged communities, then it can work anywhere. Over the past years URBAN TxT has already proved that the model works and the organization has not had a dedicated innovation space. With an assigned space in the area that needs it most the benefits will grow exponentially.

This space will be a hub that will inspire the city to think different about how technology and education can transform a community. It will inspire collaborative creative thinking and will provide a place where learning will be looked at as a "cool" thing to do, which is the first step to transforming a broken educational system.

At our space people will become ambassadors of innovative thinking. The skills they learn will be used to go teach others at schools through out Los Angeles . Los Angeles needs to be inspire in order to thrive , by inspiring South LA we can inspire all of LA to become a city of innovators.

South LA in 2050 will be a thriving community that's known for thinking differently and creatively. In 2050 teens will be part of a innovative culture that empowers them to be pioneers and visionaries through technology and community working together.

In 2050 education will be a community-based activity that connects individuals with the outside world, showing them the vast amount of opportunities available. Education will be the biggest asset a person can have, and it will be easily accessible thanks to technology and collaboration.

Through URBAN TxT's hacker space education will become the fabric of our community and city, and not a topic of division, arguments and contempt.

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sounds like a great project!

by naderawni
over 1 year ago | Reply

This is a great project!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

Everyone, there is only 1 day left! please go get everyone to vote!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

Reading these posts brings tears to my eyes. Growing up in East Texas, I wanted to learn the technological skils.. Today I am fulfilling my dream of creating with technology after learning on my own and it is hard. A hackerspace in South LA Is awesome to think about and should be supported. We have a space on Main Street in Downtown LA ,, I think a space in South LA would be awesome.

by dgarzila
over 1 year ago | Reply

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by deleted
over 1 year ago | Reply

Untapped talent and a desire to learn is right. We need to nurture the values that exist in South LA and to move away from the city's mentality of little investment in the area

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

Dgarzilla, I'm glad this hits a sweet spot in your heart and that it's something you know we need!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

I love this organization. If the Goldhirsh Foundation really wants to empower an organization that will have an immediate and long lasting impact they will show Urban TxT the money.

by jamesmadison1212@outlook.com
over 1 year ago | Reply

Hi JAmes! Thanks for the support. Yoi're right, it's very important we look at how quickly we will see the impact of the grant and how long the results are. Also, how many folks will benefit from it.

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

Yes, URBAN TxT is looking to make an impact in youth by providing them with the resources to take their future into their own hands!

by roxanne.mendez.56
over 1 year ago | Reply

Yes, URBAN TxT is looking to make an impact in youth by providing them with the resources to take their future into their own hands!

by roxanne.mendez.56
over 1 year ago | Reply

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by deleted
over 1 year ago | Reply

I hope URBAN TxT wins this grant and that the South LA community can come together to move ahead!

by SuperCool
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks SuperCool! WE hope to make it happen, with your support we can. Please ask 20 friends to vote for us!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

SuperCool! Thank you for your encouragement. We believe that the Hackerspace will make a big difference in South LA

by roxanne.mendez.56
over 1 year ago | Reply

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by deleted
over 1 year ago | Reply

This is a wonderful program that builds character and teaches their youth a very marketable skill.

by Carmen Vazquez-Mancini
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks Carmen! We really focus on the youth because we understand the potential that's there!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

Carmen! Together we can make a difference in the lives of our youth. Thank you for your kind words

by roxanne.mendez.56
over 1 year ago | Reply

Carmen! Together we can make a difference in the lives of our youth. Thank you for your kind words

by roxanne.mendez.56
over 1 year ago | Reply

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by deleted
over 1 year ago | Reply

My son is in 6th grade, and all he has been talking about for the last year is to become an urban txter/hackaneer (not really sure what that means though). I really hope that urban txt wins because they make a huge impact in the lives of South Central's youth.

by jward99
over 1 year ago | Reply

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by deleted
over 1 year ago | Reply

I think this is really good, I love technology. I want to know more about it.

by Angel Herrera
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks for the interest Angel! You can learn more about us at www.urbantxt.com.

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

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over 1 year ago | Reply

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by deleted
over 1 year ago | Reply

I totally want to see this come to LA!

by cynthiapleitez
over 1 year ago | Reply

So do we cynthia! Thanks for the support@

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thank you cynthia. Once we have a space, you can come and create with us.

by URBANTxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

i was in the program last summer and its the real deal, its really fun and it teaches us different skills that will help us in the future. Its just awsome.

by dragonboy.lopez
over 1 year ago | Reply

Great to hear that you had an awesome time and we're looking forward to an even better summer!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

Transforming a community is no small endeavor. I know Oscar personally and am confident that his passion and commitment to build the leaders of tomorrow, cultivate a growth and learning culture, and contribute his talents and time to community will accelerate the much needed transformation South LA needs.

A "hacker space" is a reinforcement and reminder of community values. I would have personally benefited greatly from a hacker space while growing up in Whittier. Instead, I played way too many video games at a pizza place on my walk home every day from school.

I see in Urban TxT not only a great learning and development program but also a channel to give back to the community and help others. The holistic approach to change will shine brightly and attract many to its cause.

by noahsparks
over 1 year ago | Reply

Noah, thank you so much for the support! The impact a hacker space like this could have is unprecented and we have to push for this type of access to tech and education! please ask your friends to vote!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

Cool...

by koolkidkmack
over 1 year ago | Reply

Not just Cool....it's Kool.,..

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

10th Pl

by agusto77@live.com
over 1 year ago | Reply

let's get to 1st!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

Ninth place!

by koolkidkmack
over 1 year ago | Reply

KoolKid! we need to get to 1st!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

KoolKid! we need to get to 1st!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

Urban TxT is a program for teenager that help to learn technology

by derekZelaya
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks for supporting use derek zelaya! we need to bring more access to students!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

I think this computer program would be very good.

by Anabel Perez
over 1 year ago | Reply

We think so too, Anabel! Thanks for your vote!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

this program help people to learn about technology

by lauramaritza
over 1 year ago | Reply

hi laura! thanks for participating in the discussion! we teach leadership and design skills as well!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

I believe in a thing called txt...urban txt has got to be the best. I believe in a thing called txxxxxxxxxt...urban txt oooh oooh oooh oooh.

by nicks111
over 1 year ago | Reply

yeaaaaah nicks111, when's the music video coming out?

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

computers don't come by everyday in the "hood". i feel all kids should have an opportunity to work with computers.

by dunnied
over 1 year ago | Reply

Dunnied, very good point! Every student should have an opportunity to see eveyrthing the world and technology have to offer!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

My son was part of the pilot program and I am grateful he had an opportunity to be creative more students in the inner city need a place such as this one!

by moraeli
over 1 year ago | Reply

we are grateful that you're son was with us during the pilot program!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

URBAN TXT HAS AWAKEN THE MONSTER IN MANY OF MY STUDENTS; SINCE JOINING THE PROGRAM THEIR LEADERSHIP SKILLS HAVE DRAMATICALLY IMPROVED. THEIR VOICE HAS A TRUE SOUND. THEY HAVE BEEN INSTRUMENTAL IN RECRUITING OTHERS IN JOINING THE PROGRAM!

by IMCHISATO
over 1 year ago | Reply

thanks imchisato! we love that we've awaken that spirit in them and want to continue doing it! it's time that south la gets a safe, creative space to drive this sentiment!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

Show some love for South Central people!!!!!!!!

by jgnome12
over 1 year ago | Reply

showing love! showing love!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

We need Urbantxt in LA!

by EdnaPinky
over 1 year ago | Reply

thanks edna!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

This is amazing and it's great to see a Hacker Space and programming education in South LA and not on the Westside. However, why is it only focused on males? As a female coder, I find that disheartening as the gender gap is quite big and we need programmers who are women as well and I'm sure there is plenty of potential female engineers in South LA. So I'd love to hear the rationale behind it.

by Anoel
over 1 year ago | Reply

Hi Anoel! Thanks for voting and seeing the value in this! We need these resources in south LA. Our summer program is only open to males because they are teh highest at-risk youth (highest drop outs, highest imprisonment rate, highest unemployment rate, etc.). There are programs geared towards females, but our goal is to open a female-only chapter soon!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

great idea.. inner city students need these resources!! GO URBAN TxT

by vszgvz
over 1 year ago | Reply

thanks vszgvz! we not only need them, but we deserve them!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

The world is slowly becoming a better place through the teens through URBAN TxT!

by jessicarockzzz
over 1 year ago | Reply

thanks for those words, jessica! Our goal is to help them become catalysts of change in their communities through tech and education.

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

Bill Gates had an "extraordinary opportunities" when he attended an excellent high school (Lakeside HS in Seattle) and had the advanced computer services at a local university (Univ of Washington) adjacent to his home. UrbanTxt is trying to replicate this model with low income students in an impoverished community with little access to technology. Let's support this phenomenal effort!

by cardozrj
over 1 year ago | Reply

You make a very good point and obsevation! A lot of folks in the South LA community simply don't have access to tech and have never seen how much of a window to the world technology can be. Help us open up their worlds!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

excellent! me and friend support these resources!

by EsteFunk
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks EsteFunk, we need more support!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

Arrrggghhh! Vote for my mateys!

by sparro_jack
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks Cap!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

Do You Wanna A Revolution Whoop Whoop....Tech Revolution that is.

by dickhable
over 1 year ago | Reply

We want a tech reviolution!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

Show some love for South Central people!!!!!!!!

by jgnome12
over 1 year ago | Reply

jgnome thanks for the support! We need a safe, creative space that puts tech and youth at the center so that the whole community can grow!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

We need Urbantxt in LA!

by EdnaPinky
over 1 year ago | Reply

We need more Edna's all over the world!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

Have contacted the #LATISM and #Hispz13 communities to mobilize them to vote for UrbanTxT!

by MinorityPostdoc
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks minority post doc! if we all come togetehr we can make it happen1

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

This is such a worthy cause, let's all come together to make this $100,000 grant happen for Urban Txt in South LA.

by gcastillo
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks gcastillo! We're going at it and we'll make it happen!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

We need Urbantxt in LA!

by EdnaPinky
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks Edna! You are an amazing supporter and we're lucky to have you on our team!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

This is such a worthy cause, let's all come together to make this $100,000 grant happen for Urban Txt in South LA.

by gcastillo
over 1 year ago | Reply

That;s exactly the attitude we need gcastillo! Your vote is very important! We'll keep climbing the ranks and we'll make it there!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

Let's get this grant and help our youth, They are our future.

by hall_christine373
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks christine! LEt's make it happen! thank you for the support!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

Go Urban Txt!

by rsortojr001
over 1 year ago | Reply

Go rsortojr001!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

I really hope you all recieve the grant. This is a great organization :)

by Chochi0809
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks Chochi, we're doing what we can to get the community involved and activated. Please ask your friends to vote for us!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

Yes i'll tell them to vote especially because its the last day :o

by Chochi0809
over 1 year ago | Reply

Urban TxT is doing amazing work. Please support its efforts so it can do more.

by wseidenberg
over 1 year ago | Reply

WSeidenberg, thanks for the support, we all need to keep working together towards this vision,

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

Visionary!

by Calstatelaeagle
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks! Please ask your friends to vote for us.

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks everyone for voting! Let's keep it going!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

This is amazing and it

by Anoel
over 1 year ago | Reply

cool i voted

by kevinnnn
over 1 year ago | Reply

thanks Kevin! Please check us out URBAN TxT on Facebook!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

great idea. I wish i could have gotten my email confirmation. have tryed twice. sorry.

by dariooooo
over 1 year ago | Reply

Dario, thanks for the support! Make sure to check your spam folder, the confirmation email has gone to spam for a lot of people! Ask your friends to vote and check out URBAN TxT on facebook.

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

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by Anabel Perez
over 1 year ago | Reply

I think this computer program would be very good.

by Anabel Perez
over 1 year ago | Reply

I think this computer program would be very good.

by Anabel Perez
over 1 year ago | Reply

I think this computer program would be very good.

by Anabel Perez
over 1 year ago | Reply

I think this computer program would be very good.

by Anabel Perez
over 1 year ago | Reply

I think this computer program would be very good.

by Anabel Perez
over 1 year ago | Reply

Urban TxT is a program for teenager that help to learn technology

by derekZelaya
over 1 year ago | Reply

I think this is really good, I love technology. I want to know more about it.

by Angel Herrera
over 1 year ago | Reply

Cool...

by koolkidkmack
over 1 year ago | Reply

Great way to improve our inner cities and a great way to provide awareness to all our students!!

by vargasgriselda
over 1 year ago | Reply

Great way to improve our inner cities and a great way to provide awareness to all our students!!

by vargasgriselda
over 1 year ago | Reply

a program like this benefits all los angeles kids. this is awesome!

by Steve Vicuna
over 1 year ago | Reply

I think is a great cause we really don't get things as much over here but i hope we get it.

by amycano
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks Amy!

by maritza.mendez.374
over 1 year ago | Reply

I think this is a very cool thing for South LA and hopefully they can achieve it so that we can have all these opportunities to do whatever we want on the web. Hope they win, its pretty interesting

by kevin17
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks Kevin!

by maritza.mendez.374
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks Oscar! We

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

good luck!

by quanto32
over 1 year ago | Reply

This will not only be a space where students be create, it will be a space where students can mentor each other, collaborate, and prepare themselves for this 21st Century Technology driven world!

by griselda
over 1 year ago | Reply

Simple yet brilliant. URBAN TxT demonstrates that when youth are afforded the space to express themselves they will create and innovate.

by ismael.venegas.5
over 1 year ago | Reply

Such a great idea that will definitely help out the community of South LA and beyond :).

by Nguyenmtn
over 1 year ago | Reply

All we need is a chance to collaborate and innovate as a community. please vote for us!! and believe in US!!

by Detrick
over 1 year ago | Reply

when i first saw the teens in this program, I realized the their is so much uptapped potential in South LA! if we give them a chance they will prove to LA and the world that new technology contributions can grow from the poorest areas in Los Angeles.

by deman
over 1 year ago | Reply

KEEP AT IT URBAN TXT!! YOU WILL CHANGE SOUTH LOS ANGELES!!

by brianbrian1
over 1 year ago | Reply

I am so proud to see the teens in south los angeles doing great things. I know that with the right tools they will excel at anything they set their minds too. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK @URBANTXT !!

by elAngel
over 1 year ago | Reply

This is definitely a project that requires a lot of work and dedication... but I know Oscar, the founder and this group of kids and mentors deserve this grant and a space they can call their own. People are always helping the bigger programs, but Urban TxT has proven their success by being a steady, well rounded program that has become an important part of these teens life... The community needs a space where they can feel safe, where ideas are welcomed.
Interaction and technology are the two things needed to succeed nowadays, and having this space will help the teens achieve and consolidate these two ideas.

by alison.martinez.77
over 1 year ago | Reply

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over 1 year ago | Reply

DiverseScholar supports this proposal and hopes to bring diverse doctorates as volunteers for a future South LA hacker space.

by MinorityPostdoc
over 1 year ago | Reply

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over 1 year ago | Reply

What an amazing goal and cause! The South LA Hacker Space is innovative and forward thing.

by darin.duehl
over 1 year ago | Reply

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over 1 year ago | Reply

This is exactly what we need! Technology is the future!

by ajsingle
over 1 year ago | Reply

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over 1 year ago | Reply

woof woof bagel is in the dog house!! woof woof win!!

by bagel12
over 1 year ago | Reply

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over 1 year ago | Reply

Just voted for Urban Txt

by EdnaPinky
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thank you Edna

by maritza.mendez.374
over 1 year ago | Reply

I want to applaud Urban Txt for being so innovative in their program

by jacqueline.gonzalezreyes
over 1 year ago | Reply

URBAN TxT is going into its 3rd official year working with inner city youth. We arm them with leadership, computer programming and web development skills to turn them into catalysts in their own communities.

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks for the support DiverseScholar! Can

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

Let's bring a hacker space to South LA!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

And then to other places in LA... baby steps to change the underprivileged teens and their communities

by alison.martinez.77
over 1 year ago | Reply

Agreed, Alison! I envision this, first-of-its-kind resource, to be the first of many. Imagine a network of hackerspaces for teens all around the city by the year 2050 where they're collaborating & teaching one another & which attract the best homegrown, professional techies to mentor them. This space would be a wonderful first step. A proof of concept, if you will, for fully nurturing the full potential of our youth's bright, innovative minds. Baby steps, yes, but dreaming big where a better Los Angeles is the end goal.

by techivist
over 1 year ago | Reply

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over 1 year ago | Reply

that's exactly right! we need to push for access to tech across the board!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

The idea is golden. It might seem radical to those who don't truly understand the South LA landscape. Giving "troublemakers kids" access to top end technology can't be sane! That's the thing though, it's not sane, and genius never is. Trust is a valuable thing and trusting the people of Los Angeles and providing them with a creative outlet can only bring about great change! It's hard to even express in words how beneficially impacting this would be to not only the youth but the culture of LA.

by Mynor
over 1 year ago | Reply

Let's make it happen!

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over 1 year ago | Reply

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over 1 year ago | Reply

I can't agree more, this idea doesn't make sense with the framework of how much poverty and inequity exists in south la and watts...and that's exactly why it deserves this boost of $100,000 of funding! breaking the cycle of poverty, unemployment, high school dropouts, teen pregnancies, violence, and homelessness currently entrenched in south la is Priority #1. Education is the pathway to success and a high-tech, STEM, leadership-orientated program is such a brilliant idea. Go, go, go Urban Txters!

by zoe.kipping
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thats the reason why this movement is even more important!!! Because these "troublemakers" will actually have something of their own, they can finally begin to understand that if they work hard, they can then "play hard"... Time for more faith in our parts and time for them to make us proud!

by alison.martinez.77
over 1 year ago | Reply

Teens are only labeled "troublemakers" because they don't have outlets for their creativity. There are no "troublemakers," just youth who haven't been given a chance. Amazing things happen to those who are nudged in the right direction, have people who believe in them &, consequently, see a path to not only improve their lives & the lives of their loved ones but also hope to, conversely, help improve their own communities. There are so many layers of positivity & hope embedded into this initiative that all of them have yet to be enumerated. We can begin by building this & leading the way to more awesomesauce!

by techivist
over 1 year ago | Reply

As someone who not only grew up in South Central L.A. but has also been talking about & working towards bridging the Digital Divide (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_divide) for 20 years, this is exactly the type of resource that our communities need. I've worked in Tech for a long time, organize open source technology groups/events around Los Angeles & attend LOTS of tech conferences. Sadly, I see very few brown & black faces at these events. It's not because people from our communities aren't qualified, it's that they're not given the opportunity to be exposed to awesome projects like these. I'm blessed to be a part of this wonderful initiative because it's not just necessary but crucial to the future success of Los Angeles, as a whole.

The teens are eager & hungry for this opportunity. They deserve to have this resource available to them. Once we build it, Los Angeles will benefit in so many ways. Innovation leads to the creation of jobs, which leads to better, safer neighborhoods and more money in the coffers via taxes. It also leads to better educational opportunities for all. The hackerspace will benefit everyone because those who are exposed to it will come back to their communities to help solve other civic problems since someone gave to them, continuing the "chain of giving."

by techivist
over 1 year ago | Reply

Oscar Menjivar is a visionary and a great leader. This is a great group of kids who deserve the money to truly make this movement grow.

by Sean350
over 1 year ago | Reply

Hi Sean, URBAN TxT and the South LA community (Really the city as a whole) should be proud to have Oscar behind it and sharing his vision with the community.

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

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over 1 year ago | Reply

He truly cares about the kids but more importantly about the community and he wants to see it grow. Truly the best leader these kids can have

by alison.martinez.77
over 1 year ago | Reply

This is what we really need in LA, I believe this project will encourage many lifes of teenagers and also change our comunity.

by Rastafarito
over 1 year ago | Reply

Agree... Once the adults of the community, begin to encourage and understand this part of today's society then the community together will benefit and move forward

by alison.martinez.77
over 1 year ago | Reply

This is the type of stuff that we need more around. Especially for people in areas like South LA that are impoverished and have very difficult time finding great opportunities, we need programs like these that allow them to prepare themselves for the future and for their dreams to come true. This program not only sponsors a better future, but also sponsors encouragement of trying to seek a good education and to stray away from things like drugs and gangs that are so prevalent in our teens today. TOTALLY SUPPORT YOU GUYS~~~

by meanpuffiethingy
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thank You for your support. We are going to make this possible

by mhuluf
over 1 year ago | Reply

not only that but it is great that the program is not limiting their benefits to the teens but that they want to get the adults of the community involve

by alison.martinez.77
over 1 year ago | Reply

Excellent mission and project!

by mrqarl
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thank you URBAN TxT for bringing a needed program like this to South LA. I

by nikkii
over 1 year ago | Reply

URBAN TxT is always providing good Ideas to our comunity!

this is AWESOME!

by Rastafarito
over 1 year ago | Reply

This really truly is a fantastic cause. Everyone, please throw your support behind this. Organization!

by ErnieRiverasPage
over 1 year ago | Reply

Urban TxT's hacker space is definitely the ticket to a better community. It will bring the UNITY in COMMUNITY. But this unity also means educating it. Not just any community, but a community that needs it the most. So many young minds thirsting for knowledge and to explore for more ways on achieving the goals that they dream of are held back by limited resources available to them. By giving them a place to learn and collaborate ideas with others will help them achieve these goals, and build a better future for themselves and their city. Unity, education, and constructing minds will be the result of Urban TxT's hacker space.

by catalinamarie1
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks for the comment and the support, Catalina! We need to have this safe place for the community to come together and innovate.

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

This is so true! South LA needs this space to help make this community better. Just having access to computers and information can sky rocketing the amount of knowledge our youth receive. Thank you Urban TxT for dreaming big and going out there to get it!

by AprilLFowles
over 1 year ago | Reply

This is very true. As a member of UrbanTxT, I can this dream come true. LA needs us kids to bring in ideas and this is our ticket. We can help build the community that we desire and make it a social hub for South Central. Not only our generation needs to learn how to code, but also a guidance to the future and Oscar and this hacker place will make it possible.

by mhuluf
over 1 year ago | Reply

There is potential in the youth of South LA and hopefully URBAN TxT has found the way of unlocking this potential. The kids of LA are bright. They don

by marcoapb
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thank you so much for the comment. It's means alot to me and the member of UrbanTxT to hear from you. We need this to show that South Central is full of great kids that have these creative ideas. When i was in the summer session, I was mind-blown from the ideas that my friends had and they made it possible . With this grant, I'm sure we can bring our innovative ideas together and help our community in any way.

by mhuluf
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thank you so much for the comment. It

by mhuluf
over 1 year ago | Reply

This is absolutely what LA needs. This is an inspiring organization with a wonderful and bright future

by caleb.ridgway
over 1 year ago | Reply

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over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks for the support Caleb!

by maritza.mendez.374
over 1 year ago | Reply

The digital divide is furthering the gap between the wealthy and the poor. Perfectly able teens are being put at an even greater disadvantage because of the economic status they were born into. Believe in URBAN TxT. They are the voice for these inner city teens. They are one of their few only chances.

by stephanie.contreras.5811
over 1 year ago | Reply

I can

by zoe.kipping
over 1 year ago | Reply

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by zoe.kipping
over 1 year ago | Reply

...as I was saying...
I can tell this organization has a lot of community support. I really enjoyed reading the press coverage!

by zoe.kipping
over 1 year ago | Reply

This is my favorite article, written by an alum of the Urban Txt program:
"Let's be honest, South Los Angeles does not have the same reputation that West Los Angeles has. Just like the Middle East isn't known for its natural resources but for its war and violence. Violence, drugs, and gangs are just a few things that come to mind when thinking of South Los Angeles. But there is a group in South Los Angeles that is daring to be different and rising against the stereotypes. This group goes by the name of URBAN TxT."Jesus Vargas is a student at LAUSD USC MaST High School in South LA and a graduate of the URBAN TxT program.
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by zoe.kipping
over 1 year ago

What's great is that even those who don't live in this community still understand the necessity and importance of this hacker space... The more people hear about this, the more involved they want to get... Lets keep informing people of this great program

by alison.martinez.77
over 1 year ago

Good luck! I really hope you can get the funding you need.

by glorytalvarez
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thank you! We're working hard to make this and our vision happen!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

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over 1 year ago | Reply

This is going to change the lives of many. I am so excited!

by stephanie.contreras.5811
over 1 year ago | Reply

This is going to change the lives of many. I am so excited!

by stephanie.contreras.5811
over 1 year ago | Reply

This is an innovative and immediate way to invest into the abundant potential that exists in South LA. We need to enable this organization.

by adamghaight
over 1 year ago | Reply

Adam, you're 100% right. South LA is filled with potential and we need to turn it into action and success!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

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over 1 year ago | Reply

South LA needs more organization like Urban TxT to set inner city youth on a path of leadership and STEM careers.

by maritza.mendez.374
over 1 year ago | Reply

You're right Maritza, it's vital that we provide the opportunities for our youth to get on the STEM path and to see everything the world has to offer.

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

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over 1 year ago | Reply

That's great. I think an innovation lab can be the catalyst that sparks interests in going to college. That is an awesome accomplishment.

by AprilLFowles
over 1 year ago | Reply

We must prepare our youth for the technologically demanding workforce in today

by jesseocerda
over 1 year ago | Reply

Jesse, great point! Current employers need programmers, developers and web designers more than ever, and that demand will keep going up. LEt's get out kids on the path to success while helping the whole community come up in the process.

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

Wow! This is a great idea that is needed in the South Los Angeles Community.

by roxanne.mendez.56
over 1 year ago | Reply

Yeah Roxanne! Working together can make it happen!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

The community needs a space like this not only to inspire but to innovate! This will no doubt make a difference in the lives of our next leaders.

by roxanne.mendez.56
over 1 year ago | Reply

The community needs a space like this not only to inspire but to innovate! This will no doubt make a difference in the lives of our next leaders.

by roxanne.mendez.56
over 1 year ago | Reply

The community needs a space like this not only to inspire but to innovate! This will no doubt make a difference in the lives of our next leaders.

by roxanne.mendez.56
over 1 year ago | Reply

The community needs a space like this not only to inspire but to innovate! This will no doubt make a difference in the lives of our next leaders.

by roxanne.mendez.56
over 1 year ago | Reply

The community needs a space like this not only to inspire but to innovate! This will no doubt make a difference in the lives of our next leaders.

by roxanne.mendez.56
over 1 year ago | Reply

Awesome, keep it up!!!!!

by shirokane
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks for the support! We're working to make this dream a reality!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

Please remember that voting opens tomorrow! After you post your comment come back and vote for us so that we can make the dream of a South LA hacker space a reality!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

Everyone, please follow us on Twitter at @URBANTxT and on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/UrbanTeensXploringTechnology!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

LA needs to embrace the philosophy of "we are only as strong as our weakest link". South LA is struggling and healing from decades of very little investments, care and attention from city leadership. If we help heal and grow South LA, all of LA will benefit.

by juansvas
over 1 year ago | Reply

If we all work together we can bring up an entire area that is currently hurting through poverty, crime, unemployment, poor health, and a very limited business environment. Innovation is the way forward to South LA......

by juansvas
over 1 year ago | Reply

Applied education -- thinking with one

by JudiCH
over 1 year ago | Reply

We're making it happen Judi!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

This is an amazing org!!! Good Luck!!!

by butlertl@gmail.com
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks! We can't wait to bring an innovative, creative space to South LA!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

What an excellent program! I hope you get all the funding you need. This is leading by example in the 21st century!.

by ozzyfer
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks Oscar! We need innovative, creative and safe spaces like our vision of the Hacker Space to grown areas like South LA!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

Brilliant organization, brilliant youth, and brilliant community to follow! What more could you ask for?

by anitrix
over 1 year ago | Reply

LEt's keep asking for the Hacker Space! It's a must! Thanks for the support!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

This is amazing, and the future of LA!

by richie.serna
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks Richie!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks Richie!!

by maritza.mendez.374
over 1 year ago | Reply

I came I saw I volunteered. I went on Saturday to meet with Oscar, and his band of ninjas and I was taken back by the amount of time and dedication they puts into this program. I liked to so much, I signed up to help in the summer do a class on Ruby and Python and who knows maybe more (Raspberry PI hacking anyone???) But seriously the amount of time and effort these kids put in to learn technologies, give up a Saturday ( Hey I was that age also, and didnt want to give my Saturday) is amazing and the teachers they get are fantastic. A hacker space would be a safe haven for kids to explore and look outside the reality of their surrounding to making Silicon Alley a true hub of innovation.

by oscartaracena
over 1 year ago | Reply

Oscar, Thanks for coming out this Saturday. We appreciate your support.

by maritza.mendez.374
over 1 year ago | Reply

I love UrbanTxT!!!! We need a Hacker's space.

by jonmarce
over 1 year ago | Reply

URBAN TxT loves you! AND WE DO NEED A HACKER SPACE!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

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over 1 year ago | Reply

Fantastic idea to help give opportunity to the world through technology, keep it up!

by luiz.cent
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks for the support Luiz!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

Going into an era where Technology is vital and important in many aspects of life, I see the importance of having a space like this! Many of our parents in our communities have little to no knowledge on how to use a computer! Imagine have a space where students leaders, trained college students and professionals come together to help the community catch up with technology.

by eric.l.evangelista
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks Eric! You bring up a great point....the benefits parents and families as a whole will get from a space like this. Parents and the community fall behind with every day that passes where the world of opportunities that is out there is kept hidden because we don't have the right people assests, vision, resources and leadership in place to make it happen. Good thing people like you, everyone within URBAN TxT and many others have taken it upon ourselves to make the change happen!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

Good luck!

by teresa.castle
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks Teresa!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

Good luck Juan.

by Bvasque19
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks Britt!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

Finally a program that is breaking the status quo and challenging traditional systems of education. Make it happen URBAN TxTers! Your hard work will not be in vain.

The space you

by lawrence.cisneros
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks Lawrence! We will make it happen and thank you for being a part of it! The way we see and do things is unique in the best of ways, our views on education have to evolve just like education, our demographics and material evolves.

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

Hi my name is Javier and I do believe technology is important to life specially in this time. We know technology can be helpful but at the sometime complicated for that we need a place to learn the tricks so we can challenge and create new a ideas to help our communities.

by jmartinez
over 1 year ago | Reply

Hi Javier! Thanks for commenting and for sharing your opinion. The impact tech can have is amazing, and the impact that we can see if an area like South LA is not exposed to it is really scary.

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

Major discoveries and inventions in history have taken place because someone somewhere had a vision. I read this and feel that Oscar is following those steps and can potentially take this project to the next level to help out humanity. I am excited for what awaits and hope that this vision becomes reality. Especially because South Central LA has had negative reputation and thinking positively towards the future gives us great hope!

by puro.jalisco
over 1 year ago | Reply

South LA does have a negative reputation and it holds back all the potential, hard working, innovative people that make up this great community. We're going to turn hope and potential into a reality and into action through the hacker space. Let's keep at it!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

About two years ago when I was a sophomore in high school I dreamed of LA having a hackerspace where any teen would enter and collaborate with others in fields such as computer science and computer engineering. Three of my friends and I would meet up at Starbucks after school and work on projects such as developing websites, making gaming videos and tweaking the hardware components of an Xbox 360. However, we were limited, using a Starbucks coffee shop was not cutting it for us. We needed a hackerspace. A hackerspace where we would share knowledge and work on projects with teens from all over South LA. As a high school student, I had plenty of friends from different high schools who were hungry to put there knowledge out there and collaborate with others, but we did not have a place. I know there are still teens in South LA who are waiting for an opportunity. Urban TxT

by jrod27
over 1 year ago | Reply

Let's turn the Hacker Space dream into a reality. Coffee shops are nice, but like you said, they don't cut it. It's time we invest the resources available in the best ways possible and in the places where we'll see the biggest results and impact. Remember voting starts April 2nd!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

This is something that is definitely needed and will help our youth tremendously!!!

by dharano14
over 1 year ago | Reply

It will help our youth, their families, South LA and LA as a whole! Thanks for commenting, remember voting starts April 2nd, we have to keep owning the #1 spot!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

There are so many things right with this! The energy and the creativity are all there in South LA, but the spaces that are truly open and challenge innovation from kids are few, if any. There is so much to be gained from the empowerment that comes with being challenged to do something new, expressive and innovative within a space of support and an environment of learning. The inherent nature of this organization is stripped of the kind of pretense that keeps kids from walking in (read: it

by erinamelia.fair
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks Erin! We can't wait to make this space happen and to keep growing the impact our program has.

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

This is something that

by dharano14
over 1 year ago | Reply

This space will change lives for the better! I wish more people thought like those at UrbanTxT.

by MishaB
over 1 year ago | Reply

The world needs more programs like Urban TxT. Today

by JuarezB
over 1 year ago | Reply

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over 1 year ago | Reply

This organization will help teens become our future technological leaders, something we need in the community of South LA!

by jmgallardo
over 1 year ago | Reply

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over 1 year ago | Reply

Nice nice project! Goodbluck to you guys:):)

by Angelik
over 1 year ago | Reply

thanks!

by URBAN TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

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over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks Angel! Remember to come back and vote tomorrow!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

I took part of Urban TxT and it

by JesusAntVargas
over 1 year ago | Reply

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over 1 year ago | Reply

This is the growth South LA needs for its youth! I wish a program like this was around when I was a kid growing up in the South LA community.

by joselyn.delgado.9
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks for support joselyn!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

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over 1 year ago | Reply

sounds innovative and inclusive! great idea!

by missclamshell
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks for the support! This is all about bringing all of the community together and creating benefits for all through innovation!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

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over 1 year ago | Reply

your project sounds great! I will vote for you!

by EdnaPinky
over 1 year ago | Reply

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over 1 year ago | Reply

This is a wonderful idea! This could give a place for teens to get together and bounce ideas off of one another and lead to better things!

by Luis A.
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks for the support Luis! Together we can make this happen!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

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over 1 year ago | Reply

Great program providing our youth with opportunities for success. Great job guys/ JV.

by JChavez
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks J! Let's make it happen!

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over 1 year ago | Reply

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over 1 year ago | Reply

The positive impact of this program will engage no only at risk teens but the hole community will find hope and joy , it's a promising project, keep it up!!!!!

by mariagra
over 1 year ago | Reply

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by mariohernandez
over 1 year ago | Reply

I am surprised there aren't more programs such as UrbanTxt. It's such a great concept that benefits troubled or at risk kids and the community as a whole. Kids get a life-long opportunity and the community becomes a better place. I am proud to contribute in any way I can. Keep up the great work.

by mariohernandez
over 1 year ago | Reply

This is the future! A Hacker Space will truly be the catalyst to a new, revolutionized, better Los Angeles.

by luis.moctezuma.12
over 1 year ago | Reply

Together we'll make the South LA hacker space happen! Can't wait for the summer to kick off!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

Perhaps the next potential Mark Zuckerberg is in South LA, and with a Hacker Space he or she will be able to influence the community to reach new depths.

by michael.morales.94064176
over 1 year ago | Reply

That's right! South LA deserves the investment and it has the potential for amazing things! LEt's make the hacker space happen!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

Our community would greatly benefit from a place like this.

by joanna.fregoso
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks for the support joanna!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

Good idea 4 our teenagers our future started now

by MynorSenior
over 1 year ago | Reply

That's right mynor, the future is now and we have to be the leaders of TODAY.

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

I took part of Urban TxT and it's a program that you'll always want to be a part of. It has changed my life within a year. Every teen in South LA could benefit from Urban TxT in one way or another.
Having said that, a Hackerspace in South LA is the next step for Urban TxT to continue changing lives. It will be a place in which teens could express their creativity and make new friends. And it will ultimately keep the YOUTH of South LA away from all the negative influences that rome the area.
Lets help Urban TxT change more lives by bringing a Hackerspace to South LA!

by JesusAntVargas
over 1 year ago | Reply

Jesus, this program is what it is because of young leaders like you. The summer will be excellent and if we all work together we'll make the South LA hacker space a reality!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

Having witnessed what great things Urban TxT has done for the LA community, it is pivotal for them to have a center where they can accomplish so much more.

by bryan_bravo1991@yahoo.com
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks bryan! Together we will make this happen and we will bring a hacker space to South LA so that all of LA can grow, innovate and benefit!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

This is a great idea. Our community would greatly benefit from a plan like this.

by mpalomi5
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks for the support! we;re going to make this happen!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

UrbanTxT is the best program that I ever joined. It gives us the opportunity to use technology to bring change and helps us get ready for college and other experiences. Without this program, I wouldn

by mhuluf
over 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks for being a leader in the community and part of our program! Let's bring a hacker space to South LA!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

The video was really good and i cant wait to start the summer program

by dragonboy.lopez
over 1 year ago | Reply

We can't wait to get started either! Going to be an awesome summer!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

Great program guys. It

by b.vitaminss
over 1 year ago | Reply

Great program guys. This will impact our community in an immensely positive way

by b.vitaminss
over 1 year ago | Reply

Let's work together to bring a hacker space to South LA! This vision impacts the whole city! We can make it happen!

by juanURBAN_TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

I took part of Urban TxT and it

by JesusAntVargas
over 1 year ago | Reply

I love UrbanTxT!!!! We need a Hacker

by jonmarce
over 1 year ago | Reply

this is a great program

by jacob.castorena.18
over 1 year ago | Reply

As we speak, URBAN TxT students are discussing where they can meet over Spring Break to work on their app development project!!... This space would be soo beneficial, it will be where students will have a safe-haven in the neighborhood to work on their projects, share ideas, and be creative!

by griselda
over 1 year ago | Reply

...already imagine visiting the hacker space innovation center in s la!

by zoe.kipping
over 1 year ago | Reply

I feel inspired already! I can

by zoe.kipping
over 1 year ago | Reply

Hi Everyone! this is oscar @menjivar , the founder of URBAN Teens eXploring Technology! please help us bring hope to South LA through technology. The teens developed the video above because they want the hackerspace. The kids know about hackerspaces because we have given them tour of them in california including Sillicon Valley. They want to be innovators and game changers in technology. We need you help making this happen. We are already making change in South LA , now we need you to join our movement.

by URBAN TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

I think this is a great cause and a population that really needs the help! Hope you guys get the grant!

by jsrojas
over 1 year ago | Reply

yes. the community is happy about this project coming to South LA. nothing like this exist right now. This is the beginning of a new culture in South LA

by URBAN TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

hi

by URBAN TxT
over 1 year ago | Reply

Let's invest in the community by giving everyone a space to innovate, grow, learn and unite. South LA deserves a space that brings tech and education together for the greater good!

by juansvas
over 1 year ago | Reply

Let

by juansvas
over 1 year ago | Reply

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