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Artemis Guerrero and his daughter Arlis.

Father’s Day Spotlight: Artemio Guerrero and His Daughter Arlis

By Southwest Key on 06/16/2014 @ 08:33 AM

Tags: Father's Day, Artemio Guerrero, Southwest Key, Swkey, Southwest Key Programs, swk, father, dad, dad and daughter, community empowerment, maintenance manager, east austin college prep, arlis guerrero, eaprep, student, immigration immigrant, american dream, immigration story

Artemio Guerrero is Southwest Key Program’s maintenance manager. He’s worked with the company for seven years. His daughter Arlis is a student at Southwest Key’s partner school, East Austin College Prep.

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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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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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SWKey Board Member Victor Garza Receives Award

By Layla Fry on 11/06/2013 @ 07:33 AM

Tags: Awards, Community Empowerment, Southwest Key

On October 11, 2013, Southwest Key Board Member Victor Garza was one of the five honorees to be recognized at the First Annual Latino Heritage Leadership Award. Mr. Garza is the founder of La Raza Roundtable, Santa Clara County, California’s largest coalition of Latino and Mexican-American organizations.

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Susana Almanza Inducted Into Walk of Heroes

By Southwest Key on 11/04/2013 @ 06:54 AM

Tags: Community Empowerment, Cultural Arts, East Austin, Events, Southwest Key

Internationally renowned environmental activist and co-founder of PODER (People Organized in Defense of the Earth and her Resources) Susana Almanza was inducted into the Southwest Key Walk of Heroes Saturday at the national nonprofit’s East Austin headquarters, el Centro de Familia.

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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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Family Keys Team Presents At The TNOYS Conference in San Antonio, TX

By Southwest Key on 09/11/2013 @ 07:54 AM

Tags: Community Empowerment, Education, Events, Juvenile Justice

The Austin and San Antonio Family Keys Program did a fabulous job presenting at the 30th Annual Texas Network of Youth Services (TNOYS) Conference in San Antonio on August 16, 2013. TNOYS is a non-profit network that provides advocacy work while promoting opportunities for young people. The Family Keys team consisted of 4 staff and 3 clients who educated participants on, “Lessons from the Field: Engaging youth and families.”

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LULAC & Ford Driving Dreams Through Education

By Southwest Key on 08/20/2013 @ 07:54 AM

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

As school-age children prepare for school, hundreds of students from East Austin College Prep (EAPrep) will get an extra push this fall through a music-based high school dropout prevention program, Austin Soundwaves. Working with East Austin College Prep, LULAC Council 4933 will help East Austin students to remain engaged in school through an innovative music program with the Hispanic Alliance for the Performance Arts known as Austin Soundwaves.

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In the Hispanic Culture, Food is Our Bond

By Southwest Key on 08/13/2013 @ 07:54 AM

Tags: Community Empowerment, EA College Prep, East Austin, Social Enterprise, Workforce

Sonia Gallegos’ earliest memory of food is of her grandmother selling groceries out of a small chest in Mexico. Gallegos’ mother also made a career in the food industry when she arrived in the United States. Inspired by her mother and grandmother, who spent their lives around food and a kitchen, Gallegos began working in a restaurant, and now possesses over 30 years of experience in the industry.

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Southwest Key Community Connections Helping Youths in Buffalo, NY

By Southwest Key on 08/12/2013 @ 07:54 AM

Tags: Community Empowerment, Education, Juvenile Justice

Fifteen-year-old De-Janay of Buffalo, New York has been suspended several times for disruptive and truant behavior. She has been described as aggressive, disrespectful and violent in school. In February of this year, Family Services Team referred De-Janay to Southwest Key Community Connections, a juvenile justice program aimed at preventing at-risk youth, ages 11 to 17, from further entering the justice system.

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