Teens Exploring Technology celebrates grand opening of community space

A student at TXT. | Stephanie Monte

A student stays focused on his laptop at TXT. | Stephanie Monte

Teens Exploring Technology, or simply TXT, celebrated the opening of its multi-purpose, innovative space called “The Cube” last weekend. The Cube, at 1481 West Adams Boulevard, provides the community with a variety of technological services and educational programs.

TXT, formerly known as Urban Txt, believes that technology should be accessible to people of all socio-economic statuses. The organization hopes to use The Cube to develop a culture of innovation, collaboration and resilience to make a social impact in disenfranchised communities. The space is designed to cater to the wishes and needs of South L.A. residents to offer support with tasks such as research for school assignments or creating a resume for job applications. The Cube will also host a variety of free workshops involving technology. Community members can learn coding for websites, Adobe Photoshop and Avid Pro Tools. A library of books on entrepreneurship, technology and coding is also available. TXT’s founder and executive director, Oscar N. Menjivar, received a $25,000 grant from the Annenberg Foundation to launch The Cube.

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Photos by Stephanie Monte

The Cube’s grand opening on Saturday October 25th consisted of two workshops in the morning. The first was about social media strategies for non-profit organizations. Twelve non-profit leaders came in, and Roman Jackson, a representative from the Annenberg Foundation, helped each one develop a strategy. The second workshop was to teach participants how to code for mobile apps, led by a teacher from Northern California who volunteered for the day. Following the workshops was an open house, featuring guests such as the area’s 9th District Councilman Curren Price.

The Cube offers a monthly-membership, which includes four one-on-one classes in which students can learn about a range of topics such as how to develop a strategy for their businesses or non-profits.

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