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Southwest Key Vice President of Community Engagement Jennifer Nelson had the opportunity to speak to 3rd graders from Magellan International School about the history and vision of Southwest Key Programs.

Southwest Key VP of Community Engagement Visits Magellan International School

By Lizzie Chen on 05/03/2016 @ 07:54 AM

Tags: magellan international school, jennifer nelson, southwest key, swkey, swk, southwest key programs, austin, education, dr. sanchez, dr. juan sanchez, history

On April 27, 2016 Southwest Key Vice President of Community Engagement Jennifer Nelson had the opportunity to speak to 3rd graders from Magellan International School about the history and vision of Southwest Key Programs.

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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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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 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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East Austin College Prep’s European Excursion

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

Tags: Community Empowerment, EA College Prep, East Austin, Education, Fundraising, Volunteering

This summer, East Austin College Prep’s teacher, Alfredo Garcia will be taking his theater class on a Europe excursion. Mr. Garcia came to East Austin College Prep in 2012 with over a decade of international teaching experience. He is now the head volleyball coach and Director of the Theatre/Drama program at East Austin College Prep’s MLK Campus.

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2013 Southwest Key Employee Awards

By Southwest Key on 01/02/2014 @ 07:33 AM

Tags: Awards, Community Empowerment, Cultural Arts, East Austin, Education, Events, Immigration, Juvenile Justice, Southwest Key | 0 comments

Southwest Key Programs held their annual staff holiday party and employee recognition banquet on December 10, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Austin, Texas. It was a perfect wintry evening for staff to gather, with downtown Austin as the backdrop.

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Globaloria Headed to NYC This Summer

By Southwest Key on 12/20/2013 @ 06:54 AM

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

This summer, East Austin College Prep’s Globaloria Program for video game design hopes to take 17 EAPrep students to New York City to to explore the tech industry.

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East Austin College Prep 10th Graders Plan on Going to Madrid for the Summer

By Southwest Key on 12/05/2013 @ 06:54 AM

Tags: EA College Prep, Education, Events, Fundraising

East Austin College Prep has selected 15 students from the 10th grade Advanced Spanish class to participate in an immersion program in Madrid. “I am so excited to see a new place and explore the world. This trip is going to be fantastic!” says 10th grader Athziry L.

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A Volunteer Youth Mentor Gives Back To The Community

By Southwest Key on 11/25/2013 @ 06:54 AM

Tags: Community Empowerment, East Austin, Education, Events, Juvenile Justice, Volunteering

“When I was 15, I felt like my life was over because I was pregnant. I didn’t know if I would be able to graduate or go to college,” says Southwest Key Program Assistant Brenda Gonzalez. Thanks to a mentor in her life, Gonzalez is about to graduate from Austin Community College and now volunteers with Southwest Key Youth Mentoring Program, guiding youth with a similar background to her own.

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Spring Equals Enrollment In East Austin!

By Southwest Key on 09/25/2013 @ 08:33 AM

Tags: Children's Promise, Health Promise, Cultural Arts, EA College Prep, East Austin, Education, Workforce

If you’re in Austin, it’s time to join us for one or more of our East Austin Children’s Promise programs:

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EAPrep Students Walk in the Footsteps of Our Nation’s Leaders

By Southwest Key on 09/16/2013 @ 07:54 AM

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

In May of 2013, East Austin College Prep History Teacher, Jacqueline Vidal, lead a group of students to Washington D.C. as part of the Close Up Program. The Close Up Foundation, a non-profit, nonpartisan educational organization, founded in 1971, organized the trip. They offer students of varying grades an in-depth view of the democratic process through interactive participation.

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