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BB&T Funds College Savings Program For East Austin College Prep

By Southwest Key on 05/22/2017 @ 07:54 AM

Tags: Southwest Key, swk, East Austin, SWKey, EAPrep, East Austin College Prep

This month, Southwest Key Programs and BB&T launched East Austin College Prep Dollars for Scholars, a college savings account program for EAPrep students that coincides with the school's financial literacy curriculum.

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Southwest Key Walk of Heroes Inducts Bertha Williams

By Southwest Key on 05/22/2017 @ 07:54 AM

Tags: Southwest Key, swk, dr. juan sanchez, East Austin, Hispanic Nonprofit, SWKey, Walk of Heroes

Community activist Bertha Williams was inducted into the Southwest Key Walk of Heroes on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the nonprofit's East Austin headquarters,

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Southwest Key Programs Re-Accredited By Council On Accreditation

By Southwest Key on 12/15/2016 @ 06:54 AM

Tags: Southwest Key, swk, COA, Council On Accreditation, dr. juan sanchez, East Austin, Hispanic Nonprofit

Southwest Key Programs, a national non-profit with headquarters in Austin, Texas and programs in Arizona, California, Georgia, Florida, New York, Texas and Wisconsin, has achieved national accreditation through the New York-based Council on Accreditation (COA).

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YALI Fellows Return to East Austin College Prep to Work With Students

YALI Fellows Return to East Austin College Prep to Work With Students

By Lizzie Chen on 08/14/2015 @ 07:54 AM

Tags: east austin college prep, eaprep, YALI, Young Africans Leadership Initiative, africa, africans, african leaders, white house, barack obama, president obama, volunteer, eaprep, east austin, childrens promise, southwest key, swkey, swk, southwest key programs

On July 18, 2015, East Austin College Prep enjoyed another warm visit from the Young African Leaders Initiative. A group from across Sub-Saharan Africa visited East Austin College Prep to engage with EAPrep's summer programming students.

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Josh Piland from Learning Fun 101 Robotics teaches incoming EAPrep 9th graders Eric Maldonado and Alexis Buneo how to program a robot on the first day of camp.

EAPrep Partners with Time Warner Cable to Prepare Students for High School

By Lizzie Chen on 04/29/2015 @ 07:54 AM

Tags: east austin college prep, eaprep, stem, step up to stem, time warner cable, twc, connect a million minds, east austin, robotics, science, stem, science, technology, math, education

This week, East Austin College Prep kicked off the STEP UP to STEM Summer Program in partnership with Time Warner Cable's Connect A Million Minds Initiative-- in support of addressing America’s declining proficiency in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). STEP (Summer Transitional Enrichment Program) targets rising 7th, 8th and 9th grade students as they navigate the often difficult adjustment from elementary to middle school and middle school to high school by offering an academically rigorous and community-building summer experience.

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Former NFL Quarterback signs an EAPrep student's chef hat.

Vince Young and Chef Phillip Brown Demonstrate STEM Cooking to EAPrep Students

By Southwest Key on 11/13/2014 @ 08:00 AM

Tags: vince young, chef phillip brown, vince young steakhouse, time warner cable, connect a million minds, longhorns, eaprep, east austin college prep, east austin, students, stem, STEM, football, steakhouse, cooking, chef, student chefs

Former NFL player Vince Young met with twenty-five East Austin College Prep 5th and 6th graders Sunday at Vince Young Steakhouse to explain that STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) can be used in everyday activities like cooking.

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EAPrep Ana Martinez, Gloria Mata Pennington, Susana Almanza, Gus Garcia, Lloyd Doggett, Marina Garcia, and Dr. Juan Sanchez.

Gustavo Garcia Inducted Into Walk of Heroes

By Southwest Key on 11/12/2014 @ 08:00 AM

Tags: gustavo garcia, gus garcia, walk of heroes, woh, heroes, mayor gus garcia, latinos, east austin, hispanic, hispanic leaders, community leaders, walk of heroes, southwest key programs, swkey, southwestkey, southwest key, swk, mosaic, education, empowerment, eaprep, east austin college prep

Former Mayor of Austin and education advocate Gustavo Garcia was inducted into the Southwest Key Walk of Heroes Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 at the national nonprofit’s East Austin headquarters, el Centro de Familia.

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Michael Alvarez

EAPrep Student Gains Software Development Experience At Summer Internship

By Southwest Key on 08/01/2014 @ 07:54 AM

Tags: east austin college prep, eaprep, globaloria program, globaloria, michael avalrez, student, software development, sound spectrum, internship, austin, texas, east austin, stem, technology, tech world, developing, coding, engineer

This summer, East Austin College Prep student Michael Alvarez spent several weeks as a software development intern at Sound Spectrum, a music visualization software company based in Austin, Texas.

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East Austin College Prep’s 2014 STEAM Summer Institute

East Austin College Prep’s 2014 STEAM Summer Institute Comes To A Close

By Southwest Key on 08/01/2014 @ 07:54 AM

Tags: east austin, southwest key programs, swkey, swk, east austin college prep, eaprep, students, STEAM, STEM, summer, camp, summer camp

East Austin College Prep S.T.E.A.M. Summer Institute ended the 2014 summer season with a field trip to the Austin zoo on July 25, 2014 wrapping up another fun-filled summer for the campers and staff at EAPrep

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Young African Leaders Volunteer at Southwest Key’s Mobile Food Pantry

Young African Leaders Volunteer at Southwest Key’s Mobile Food Pantry

By Southwest Key on 08/01/2014 @ 07:54 AM

Tags: Southwest Key Program, swk, volunteer, capital area food bank, cafbtx, YALI, africans, young africans, young african entrepreneur, swk, east austin, food pantry, mobile food pantry

It is 3:00pm on a sweltering Friday afternoon in July at Southwest Key Programs headquarters and 25 young entrepreneurs from 18 African countries are lined up at the monthly mobile food pantry to pass out food in east Austin. These volunteers are part of the Young African Leaders Initiative launched by President Barack Obama in 2010.

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Michael and Antonia Alvarez

Mother’s Day Spotlight: EAPrep Mother & Son Antonia and Michael Alvarez

By Southwest Key on 05/09/2014 @ 07:54 AM

Tags: Awards, Globaloria, Mother's Day, Michael Alvarez, East Austin College Prep, EAPrep, East Austin, Education, Southwest Key

East Austin College Prep sophomore Michael Alvarez gave his mother a card last year with a handwritten message that said, “I can make all the money in the world but the most important thing is to have you in my life. I’m going to study really hard so I can buy you a house.” Alvarez, an award-winning web game design student through EAPrep’s Globaloria program, credits his success to his mother’s support.

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Ninth grader Scout Garza with her mother Stefanie Montoya

Mother’s Day Spotlight: Southwest Key Volunteers Stefanie Montoya and Scout Garza

By Southwest Key on 05/09/2014 @ 07:54 AM

Tags: Volunteering, Mother's Day, EA College Prep, EAPrep, East Austin, Education, Southwest Key

Ninth grader Scout Garza has been volunteering at Southwest Key’s Mobile Food Pantry with her mother Stefanie Montoya ever since her induction into the National Junior Honor Society in the 6th grade required her to perform community service. Her mother Stefanie has worked with Southwest Key’s benefits broker for years, so they immediately thought of Southwest Key when considering volunteer options.

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ACE After School Program Captures the Spirit of Dr. Seuss During Spring Break

ACE After School Program Captures the Spirit of Dr. Seuss During Spring Break

By Southwest Key on 04/01/2014 @ 07:54 AM

Tags: Children's Promise, Community Empowerment, Cultural Arts, EA College Prep, East Austin, Education, Events, Southwest Key

ACE After School program at East Austin College Prep hosted a Dr. Seuss Birthday camp the week of Spring Break, March 10-14, 2014. The Seuss theme was a continuation of a week full of various cross-curriculum Seuss activities held at the school the previous week. ACE worked closely with EAPrep Literary Specialist Meg Fiengo to plan the camp. “It was a celebration of imagination and curiosity,” says Tanya Gonzalez, Program Administrator for ACE.

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Layla Fry with her husband Joe Maloney and son, Gus.

Austin Mom Layla Fry Fundraises For Children In Memory Of Her Son

By Southwest Key on 04/01/2014 @ 05:54 AM

Tags: Children's Promise, Community Empowerment, EA College Prep, East Austin, Education, Events, Fundraising

East Austin College Prep raised over $8,000 during the 2nd annual Amplify Austin event, a 24-hour, web-based, festival of giving that took place March 20-21st, 2014. Southwest Key Communications and Web Manager Layla Fry raised over $3,000 of that amount on her personal Amplify page by sharing her personal story of loss this year.

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Picture of Students Holding Candles

East Austin College Prep Proud To Participate In Amplify Austin 2014

By Southwest Key on 03/07/2014 @ 06:54 AM

Tags: Children's Promise, Community Empowerment, EA College Prep, East Austin, Education, Events, Fundraising, Southwest Key

EAPrep is proud to announce our participation in Amplify Austin 2014, a giving day organized by I Live Here, I Give Here to benefit nonprofits in Central Texas. You can support EAPrep during this 24-hour “festival of giving” that provides an easy and fun way for our entire community to give together and help make our city a better place to live.

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Steven Lewis with Roque Barros after completing his Good Neighbor Training.

Good Neighbor Program Kicks Off In East Austin’s Govalle-Johnston Terrace

By Southwest Key on 03/07/2014 @ 06:54 AM

Tags: Children's Promise, Community Empowerment, East Austin, Education, Events, Southwest Key, Volunteering

“This neighborhood has changed quite a bit since the early 70s. It’s not as closely knit as it used to be. I used to know everyone and now people just keep to themselves,” says retired firefighter Steven Lewis who grew up in the east Austin neighborhood of Govalle-Johnston Terrace where Southwest Key is headquartered.

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East Austin College Prep Scores Above State Standard On STAAR

By Southwest Key on 03/06/2014 @ 06:54 AM

Tags: Children's Promise, Community Empowerment, EA College Prep, East Austin, Education, Southwest Key

On January 15, 2014, East Austin College Prep’s MLK Campus had their beginning of semester student-wide assembly. It’s a new semester for East Austin College Prep and the students started the semester with good news on their STAAR Testing Results. Dr. Joe Gonzales welcomed the tigers back from their winter break and made several big announcements and changes at EAPrep.

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Mentee Discovers Friendship Through Mentorship Program

By Southwest Key on 03/06/2014 @ 06:54 AM

Tags: Community Empowerment, East Austin, Education, Southwest Key, Volunteering

Surrounded by bicycle parts in a small warehouse off Webberville Rd. in east Austin, Miguel F. is fixing up an old cruiser bike with his mentor Gabriel Cruz-Letelier at The Yellow Bike Project. “This is something he has on his goal list to accomplish and I want to make sure that I work on that with him,” says Cruz-Letelier.

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East Austin College Prep Employees Honored at Annual Awards

By Southwest Key on 01/09/2014 @ 06:54 AM

Tags: Awards, Community Empowerment, EA College Prep, East Austin, Education, Events, Southwest Key

East Austin College Prep Superintendent, Dr. Joe E. Gonzales announced that Nyssa Arcos-Evans and Jennifer Pierson were selected as the Employees of the Year at EAPrep during the staff holiday party on December 10, 2013.

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Community Comes Together At Annual Southwest Key Posada

By Southwest Key on 01/09/2014 @ 06:54 AM

Tags: Children's Promise, Community Empowerment, Cultural Arts, EA College Prep, East Austin, Education, Events, Southwest Key

On December 19, 2013, over 200 community members gathered at Southwest Key’s el Centro de Familia to celebrate a traditional Latin America Posada, a musical dramatization of Mary and Joseph’s search for lodging in Bethlehem.

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