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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 15, 2014

Walk of Heroes 2014

Nominate someone for the 2014 Walk of Heroes at SWK Headquarters.

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 28, 2014

Austin Soundwaves: Finale Concert and Awards

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.

May 9, 2014

Mother’s Day Spotlight: Southwest Key Volunteers Stefanie Montoya and Scout Garza

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.

Apr 28, 2014

Southwest Key Ranks #4 Among 2014 Top Nonprofit Organizations

Hispanic Business Magazine

Southwest Key, No. 4 on the HispanicBusiness Top 25 Nonprofits list with $120.9 million in expenditures in 2013, is an organization dedicated to “improving the quality of life for children by providing culturally relevant schools, shelters for immigrant children, and youth and family services.” Founded in Austin, Texas, in 1987 by Dr. Juan Sanchez, Southwest Key has expanded to six states, providing services for nearly 226,000 clients in 2013.

Apr 28, 2014

Capturing History Through My Lens At The Civil Rights Summit

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.

Apr 27, 2014

Early Voting at Southwest Key Headquarters

May 21, 2014, 2-5pm

Apr 26, 2014

Social Enterprises: A Beacon in Tough Times

Hispanic Business Magazine

The social enterprise landscape is booming, despite economic indicators that should suggest otherwise. Organizations that exist to assist people without any regard for their own bottom line become more necessary in difficult economic times. Yet the same double-edged sword that makes them necessary also makes it difficult for them to provide assistance. Grants disappear. Donations stop rolling in. These enterprises need to get creative to succeed in their mission. As you will see, that is exactly what the organizations on our Top 25 Hispanic Nonprofits list are doing.

Apr 25, 2014

Hispanic Business Magazine Profiles Southwest Key

Hispanic Business Magazine

Southwest Key, No. 4 on the HispanicBusiness Top 25 Nonprofits list with $120.9 million in expenditures in 2013, is an organization dedicated to “improving the quality of life for children by providing culturally relevant schools, shelters for immigrant children, and youth and family services.” Founded in Austin, Texas, in 1987 by Dr. Juan Sanchez, Southwest Key has expanded to six states, providing services for nearly 226,000 clients in 2013.

Apr 24, 2014

Video: Denise and Katie, Youth Mentoring Program

Southwest Key's Youth Mentoring Program is currently seeking adult mentors for our youth. Watch our video to learn more.

Apr 24, 2014

Video: Help EAPrep Students Get to Spain

Help these East Austin College Prep students get to Spain. The link to donate is here: http://www.eaprep.org/donate/spain

Apr 1, 2014

ACE After School Program Captures the Spirit of Dr. Seuss During Spring Break

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.

Apr 1, 2014

Austin Mom Layla Fry Fundraises For Children In Memory Of Her Son

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.

Mar 31, 2014

Tips for Organizing a Charity Race

It happens year round. People don Santa sweaters, ridiculous moustaches, zombie costumes and even strip down to their skivvies. They crawl through mud, climb obstacles and are pelted with brightly colored powder. And they do it all in the name of charity.

Mar 29, 2014

PODER’s Cesar E. Chavez “Si Se Puede!” March this Saturday, March 29 at 10am

Cesar E. Chavez is one of the most important leaders of the 20th century. His legacy of workers rights, civil rights for Latinos, environmental justice, equality for all, peace, non-violence, children and women’s rights, deserves national recognition. Join us as we celebrate the LIFE and LEGACY of Cesar Chavez When: Saturday March 29, 2014

Mar 26, 2014

Huffington Post: 'Basic Skills' or 'Soft Skills'? What Should Be Taught and Tested?

Huffington Post

East Austin College Prep Globaloria Program is featured. Tom Friedman's New York Times column on February 23 "How to Get a Job at Google" is a wake-up call for students in or graduates of America's elite colleges and universities.