Oscar Menjivar4 months ago
Thank you for all your questions.
The issue we are addressing in a creative way is the drop out rates of young men of color. We are inspiring these young men to complete high school, go on to and graduate from college.We happen to use technology and entrepreneurship as tools to engage them and inspire them to fulfill their potential.
Based on the research and our first hand experience, those that are in jail, high school dropouts, and in gangs are overwhelming men. Our young men of color will not be able to compete for jobs as they often take the wrong path. Thus far, we have had great success. Instead of poor kids being unemployed and possibly ending in jail, we are sending them to top tier universities like Stanford to become engineers.
Did you know that 23 in 100 young black men are in jail? Boys in the inner city are not reaching their full potential. We need help addressing the drop out rates of poor Latino and Black youth. I grew up in the inner city and out of my 10 close male friends in high school, only two boys went on to college. Some tried to complete college but dropped out. Others are in jail and many are still fighting to survive the street life. One of my closest friends, a kid with great intellectual talent, took the wrong path & has been in jail since he was 15. He is now 30 years old. He will be in jail for the rest of his life. I have pledged to give my new young friends in the inner city a path to a better future. However, I need your help.
Right now, our priority is to strengthen and expand our model to address the current crisis among black and latino male youth. But certainly our model can one day be used with individuals from any social economic background, any race, and any gender. We are at a very critical point and you can help ensure that our model gets stronger to serve more kids. Every dollar counts to save a life and keep our doors open.
Thank you for all your support.
-Founder of URBAN TxT .
here is a great report from NPR about the drop out rates. http://www.npr.org/2012/09/20/161475627/whats-driving-dropout-rate-for-black-latino-men .