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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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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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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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Amplify Austin Logo

Are You Ready For Amplify Austin?

By Southwest Key on 02/10/2015 @ 06:54 AM

Tags: amplify austin, east austin college prep, eaprep, swkey, swk, southwest key, southwest key programs, get amped, i live here, i give here

Southwest Key is excited to participate in Amplify Austin 2015! Help us transform East Austin into a Community of Opportunity through educational and economic developments that will provide access to healthy and affordable food, create educational opportunities, generate jobs with living wages and offer a safe and diverse setting for East Austin residents.

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Two cast members from Teatro Compañía de Teatro playing "Joseph" and "Mary" lead the procession through the neighborhood.

Southwest Key Carries On Tradition of Posada in East Austin

By Lizzie Chen on 01/08/2015 @ 08:00 AM

Tags: posada, southwest key, swkey, swk, southwest key programs, christmas, posada celebration

On December 18, 2014, over 200 residents gathered at Southwest Key’s el Centro de Familia to celebrate the traditional Latin American Christmas party —the Posada. Southwest Key Programs, Latino Arts Preservation Program (L.A.P.P.) and East Austin College Prep teamed up to create a memorable experience for members in the Govalle/Johnston Terrace neighborhood

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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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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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Southwest Key Programs employees Robbie Ely (left) and Don Handley (right) with Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell (center).

Southwest Key Earns Austin Green Business Leader Platinum Status

By Southwest Key on 07/30/2014 @ 05:01 PM

Tags: Austin Greeen Business Leaders, AGBL, Southwest Key, Swkey, Southwest Key Programs, swk, green team, environment, green

This year, Southwest Key's Green Team transformed the company into an Austin Platinum Green Business Leader—the highest possible ranking— in a matter of months!

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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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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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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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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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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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