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Urban Txt

SOUTH LA NONPROFIT BREAKING THE MOLD OF TRADITIONAL COMMUNITY BUILDING

URBAN Teens eXploring Technology will bring all pieces of community puzzle together for Saturday’s South LA Hack-A-Thon, a free community event focused on bridging digital and racial divides

Los Angeles, CA – Tech start-ups, local businesses, nonprofit organizations, mayoral and City Council candidates, partners from outside city-boundaries, students and families will all have a chance to learn and get further involved in South Los Angeles during this Saturday’s community Hack-A-Thon, sponsored, and hosted by URBAN Teens eXploring Technology (URBAN TxT).

“We want to tackle the issues currently holding back areas similar to South Los Angeles,” said Oscar Menjivar, founder of URBAN TxT. “Almost 70% of homes in South LA lack Internet access, schools don’t have the infrastructure they need for students to be successful in life, and there is a racial divide that we need to overcome.”

Tech-focused organizations like NationBuilder, Magoosh, OpenMindz, Best Net Placement, and others have also been invited, shown interest and are contributing SEO analysis and free accounts to those in attendance.

During this Saturday’s event attendees will participate in workshops on computer programming, web development, and design. Young children will also have the opportunity to learn SCRATCH, which sets the tone for them to become future programmers by teaching kids ages six through 12 programming skills. There will be discussions on STEM fields, ways for minority students to get to college and beyond, tactics to grow or start a tech business, and general computer skills aimed at parents.

URBAN TxT invited mayoral candidates Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel, as well as District 9 City Council candidates Ana Cubas and Curren Price. The candidates have been asked to speak about the growing digital divide and their plans to remedy it.

The April 13 South LA Hack-A-Thon is free and open to the public. All members of the community are encouraged to attend. For more information visit URBAN TxT’s Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/UrbanTeensXploringTechnology?fref=ts

or contact Juan Vasquez at 754.367.1033.

URBAN TxT is a nonprofit organization that encourages inner city teen males to become catalysts of change in urban communities. The organization develops teens from South LA and Watts into a new generation of leaders through technology. To learn more about URBAN TxT visit www.urbantxt.com.


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