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Mera Champion, Regional Director of Workforce Development Childcare Program hosted an Employee Appreciation luncheon for her Childcare staff

Workforce Development Childcare Employee Recognition Luncheon

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

Tags: Southwest Key, Events, Juvenile Justice, Awards

In June 2014, Mera Champion, Regional Director of Workforce Development Childcare Program hosted an Employee Appreciation luncheon for her Childcare staff at the Holiday Inn in Brownsville, Texas.

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Ft. Hood Armed Forces Mentor Southwest Key JJAEP Clients

Ft. Hood Armed Forces Mentor Southwest Key JJAEP Clients

By Southwest Key on 05/13/2014 @ 07:54 AM

Tags: Community Empowerment, Events, Juvenile Justice, Southwest Key, Volunteering

On Saturday, April 12, staff and students from Bell County JJAEP (Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program) volunteered and participated in a 5k run/walk for Human Trafficking Awareness as part as Global Youth Service Day 2014. Paul Anderson and his wife came in at 93rd and 95th place during the run.

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Lizzie Chen with Julian Bond and Bernice King.

Capturing History Through My Lens At The Civil Rights Summit

By Southwest Key on 04/28/2014 @ 07:54 AM

Tags: Civil Rights, Lizzie Chen, Events, Southwest Key

Lizzie Chen, Southwest Key Programs Multimedia Specialist has the rare opportunity to assist former White House photographer, David Hume Kennerly at the Civil Rights Summit held at the LBJ Presidential Library located on the University of Texas at Austin campus.

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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 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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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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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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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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Fore the Kids Golf Classic

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

Tags: Events, Southwest Key

Southwest Key Programs’ 9th Annual “Fore the Kids Golf Classic” tournament and raffle is coming up on October 11th at Star Ranch Golf Club. It will be a fun day of golfing with dinner, drinks, and an awards program to follow. This year’s tournament benefits East Austin College Prep’s Globaloria program as part of the commitment to prepare students for college and career opportunities of the 21st century.

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Laredo Employee Recognition Dinner

By Southwest Key on 09/23/2013 @ 07:54 AM

Tags: Southwest Key, Events, Juvenile Justice, Awards

The upscale La Reserva Restaurant was the setting on August 30, 2013 for Southwest Key Laredo’s Community Based Staff Employee Recognition Dinner.

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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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25th Anniversary Teaser

SWK Founder Dr. Juan Sánchez Kicks Off 25th Anniversary Tour

By Southwest Key on 02/15/2013 @ 07:33 AM

Tags: Events, Southwest Key, Juan Across America

2013 marks the 25th Anniversary of Southwest Key Programs. Founded in December of 1987 by Dr. Juan J. Sánchez, the non-profit was created in direct response to experiences in Dr. Sánchez’ childhood.

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