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Dec 15, 2017

2017 Southwest Key and East Austin College Prep Employee Awards

Congratulations to the Outstanding Employee Award Winners of Southwest Key Programs, Southwest Key Enterprises and East Austin College Prep.

Dec 14, 2017

Dreaming Big for Thirty Years

May 22, 2017

BB&T Funds College Savings Program For 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.

Feb 13, 2017

Southwest Key Mentoring Works to Improve Outcomes for Youth in Five States

National Mentoring Resource Center

The Southwest Key Programs Youth Mentoring Model was established in 2012 in partnership with the Travis County Juvenile Probation Department in Texas to serve at-risk youth. In 2013, the program expanded to California to serve the Santa Clara Juvenile Probation Department. In 2014, multistate funding from OJJDP allowed Southwest Key to further expand and provide both one-on-one and group mentoring to system-involved, at-risk and underserved youth in five sites across the United States, including Atlanta, Georgia; Austin, Texas; Buffalo, New York; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and San Jose, California.

Dec 15, 2016

Southwest Key Programs Re-Accredited By Council On Accreditation

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).

Oct 14, 2016

La Raza Tackles Engaging Latino Millennial Vote in Roundtable Discussion

Spectrum News

La Raza Tackles Engaging Latino Millennial Vote in Roundtable Discussion

Oct 13, 2016

Texas GOP and Democrats expect Latino voting to be Key


A record 15 million people are now registered to vote in Texas and a young and growing voting block could play a big role in the November election. The National Council of La Raza led a roundtable discussion Thursday at East Austin College Prep with political leaders and the Austin Latino community.

Oct 13, 2016

Hispanic advocacy group Urges Politicians to Engage Latino

Austin American Statesman

Hispanic advocacy group urges politicians to engage Latinos

Oct 13, 2016

Largest Latino civil rights group rallies Austin voters


A closer look at voter ID laws across the US Appeals court: Texas voter ID law discriminates; orders fix Feds: Texas still misleading voters after Voter ID law changes AUSTIN (KXAN) — Less than four weeks until voters head to the polls and Central Texas Latinos are making a major push to get as many Hispanics out to the ballot box.

Oct 13, 2016

Advocacy Group Says Latino Outreach In Texas This Year Is A 'Missed Opportunity"


The head of the largest Latino advocacy group in the U.S. says both major political parties in Texas dropped the ball on Latino voter outreach this year.

Oct 13, 2016

'Millenials' pieza clave en la votación presidencial

Univision Austin 62

'Millenials' pieza clave en la votación presidencial

Oct 13, 2016

Activistas Deciden Ignorar Partidos Políticos, Incentivar Directamente a Votantes

Telemundo Austin

Activistas deciden ignorar partidos políticos, incentivar directamente a votantes

Jul 21, 2016

ADA Training

May 3, 2016

Southwest Key VP of Community Engagement Visits Magellan International School

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.

Dec 21, 2015

Workforce Solutions Cameron Honored at Texas Workforce Conference

Workforce Solutions Cameron was honored at the 2015 Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) State Conference on November 18-20 in Dallas for outstanding board performance—receiving $100,000 for the Youth Inspiration and Career Awareness Award. This inaugural award focuses on career awareness and exploration for young adults.

Dec 18, 2015

Southwest Key Posada in Austin American Statesman

Austin American Statesman

Southwest Key's 7th Annual Posada was featured in the Austin American Statesman.

Dec 8, 2015

Shelter for unaccompanied minors 'homey,' tour reveals

Arizona Daily Star

The Office of Refugee Resettlement, charged with the care of the minors, offered a rare glimpse of the Tucson facility this week to a small group of community stakeholders and an Arizona Daily Star reporter.

Aug 14, 2015

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

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.

Apr 29, 2015

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

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.

Apr 29, 2015

East Austin College Prep Moms Give Back to Community

“The best part about helping someone is the look on their face when they’re overcome with emotions and gratitude,” says Sandy Fernandez, a Southwest Key Good Neighbors member and East Austin College Prep mom.

Mar 30, 2015

East Austin College Prep Administrator Named National Institute of Latino School Leaders Fellow

Mr. Jaime Huerta, Assistant Superintendent/Principal of East Austin College Prep was one of fifteen educators nationwide selected from a competitive pool of applicants to become a 2015 Fellow for the National Institute for Latino School Leaders (NILSL).

Feb 10, 2015

Are You Ready For Amplify Austin?

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.

Jan 26, 2015

Juan Sanchez Named To Hispanic Business Magazine's Top 50 Influentials List


Congratulations to our very own Dr. Juan Sanchez for being named to Hispanic Business’ Top 50 Latino Influentials list! We are thrilled to have Dr. Sanchez be recognized because he has done nothing but open doors to opportunities so individuals can achieve their dreams.

Jan 23, 2015

Southwest Key Mentorship Program Receives Much Needed Grant

Southwest Key Youth Mentoring Program received a $1 million, federal grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Prevention, an arm of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Jan 8, 2015

Southwest Key Carries On Tradition of Posada in East Austin

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

Jan 7, 2015

Southwest Key Awarded Healthy Communities Grant

Southwest Key Programs was one of the five organizations selected for the Healthy Communities Grant to address health and wellness issues in our community.

Nov 13, 2014

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

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.

Nov 12, 2014

Gustavo Garcia Inducted Into Walk of Heroes

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.

Nov 12, 2014

TWC Volunteers At Pumpkin Madness

Time Warner Cable staff showed EAPrep students the physics of rolling a pumpkin on an incline versus even ground. Students were able to learn about motion and gravity by launching small pumpkins in a plastic launcher.

Aug 25, 2014

Southwest Key Highlighted In NALCAB Newsletter

—Noticias from NALCAB

Southwest Key is spotlighted as a new member of the National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB) in their August, 2014 newsletter. NALCAB represents and serves a geographically and ethnically diverse group of nonprofit community development and asset building organizations that are anchor institutions in our nation's Latino communities. Read on to view a reprint of the article.

Aug 25, 2014

Southwest Key “Familia” Gathers At 2014 Youth Justice Meeting

Southwest Key Youth Justice leadership from around the country gathered in Atlanta, Georgia August 5-7, 2014 for a Program Directors meeting. The event was indicative of a company culture that Southwest Key leadership holds dear.

Aug 1, 2014

EAPrep Student Gains Software Development Experience At Summer Internship

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.

Aug 1, 2014

Workforce Development Childcare Employee Recognition Luncheon

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.

Aug 1, 2014

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

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

Aug 1, 2014

Young African Leaders Volunteer at Southwest Key’s 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.

Jul 30, 2014

Southwest Key Earns Austin Green Business Leader Platinum Status

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!

Jun 16, 2014

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

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.

Jun 5, 2014

Free Beginner Computer Class starts June 10, T/Th through July 3 in Austin

Learn Word, Excel, and Powerpoint for free at Southwest Key!

May 13, 2014

Ft. Hood Armed Forces Mentor Southwest Key JJAEP Clients

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.

May 9, 2014

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

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.