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Oscar Menjivar

Oscar Menjivar is a social entrepreneur and innovator. At age seven, his family moved from El Salvador to Watts, a working-class community in South Central Los Angeles. Menjivar, a graduate of Jordan High School, saw young men in his neighborhood become victims to the streets, with his childhood friend doing life in prison. Since then, he pledged that he would create a program that would empower teens from impoverished neighborhoods to achieve their full potential and become creators of their own futures. Menjivar founded TXT: Teens Exploring Technology to address this opportunity gap, and to teach coding and entrepreneurship skills to young men of color in South Central Los Angeles, and to encourage them to become catalysts for change in their communities. Through a summer coding academy, after-school STEM programs, and a community hackerspace, students learn how to collect and analyze data to solve community problems, build confidence and public speaking ability, and develop leadership skills. Oscar received his Master’s degree from Pepperdine in learning technology and his Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Information Systems. Oscar’s work as a social innovator has placed him at the intersection of technology and education, including working as a consultant for The Riordan Foundation, Catholic Schools, LAUSD and Charter Schools. He has advised school executives on how to implement technology as a tool to improve student academic outcomes. Oscar has been a TED talk speaker, Innovation speaker at the White House and at South By South West. Oscar has been recognized by President Obama as an innovator and has recently received the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award for advancing innovative and effective solutions for the success of young men of color in technology and education.

Oscar Menjivar
TXT: Teens Exploring Technology