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Nov 25, 2013

A Volunteer Youth Mentor Gives Back To The Community

“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.

Nov 6, 2013

SWKey Board Member Victor Garza Receives Award

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.

Nov 4, 2013

Susana Almanza Inducted Into Walk of Heroes

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.

Oct 16, 2013

Southwest Key NCLR Affiliate of the Year Award

Southwest Key was awarded the 2013 Affiliate of the Year Award from National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and the Ford Motor Company Fund. The award was presented, along with a generous grant from the Ford Motor Company Fund, at the Annual Gala Awards during the 2013 NCLR Annual Conference in New Orleans July. Appearances by U.S. Rep. Joaquín Castro, NCLR President Janet Murguía, Former Austin Mayor Gus Garcia and more.

Oct 4, 2013

Contractual Position: Clinician in San Antonio

This is a contract position for up to 25 hours per week. Clients to be seen in Bexar and Guadalupe counties.

Sep 26, 2013

Order your Homecoming Mums and Garters from the Blooming Florist!

Don't forget to place an order for your mum and garter with Blooming Florist. Homecoming game is coming up on October 11!

Sep 25, 2013

Fore the Kids Golf Classic

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.

Sep 25, 2013

Spring Equals Enrollment In East Austin!

If you’re in Austin, it’s time to join us for one or more of our East Austin Children’s Promise programs:

Sep 23, 2013

Laredo Employee Recognition Dinner

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

Sep 18, 2013

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Raises Over $10,000 For East Austin Children’s Promise

On September 10, 2013, Dr. Juan Sanchez, CEO of Southwest Key Programs and Dr. Joe Gonzales, Superintendent of East Austin College Prep, received a check for over $10,000 for East Austin Children’s Promise raised through the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf’s Caring Cup Wristband Initiative.

Sep 16, 2013

EAPrep Students Walk in the Footsteps of Our Nation’s Leaders

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.

Sep 11, 2013

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

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.”

Sep 6, 2013

Musical instruments needed for back-to-school drive

Time Warner Cable News

Francesca Ramirez loves playing the clarinet and is inspiring her friend Miranda Gibble to learn it too "I'm going to like play it and learn it and see if I'm really interested, which so far I have been, and then I'll buy one," Gibble said

Sep 5, 2013

Local instrument drive benefits underserved students

The Daily Texan

When representatives of a local instrument drive announced they were collecting donations for Austin music students, they expected gently used instruments, not centuries-old family heirlooms.

Aug 28, 2013

Dr. Sanchez Thanks the Familia for a Great Year

Dr. Sanchez sits down and personally thank SWKey employees for a great year.

Aug 28, 2013

Dr. Sanchez Welcomes EAPrep Students Back to School

The tigers headed back to school on August 19 with an assembly in the community room. Dr. Sanchez got the kids rallied up about the first day of school and reminded them what they are preparing for, college.

Aug 26, 2013

Susana Almanza To Be Inducted Into Walk of Heroes

PODER Co-founder Susana Almanza will be inducted into the Walk of Heroes at Southwest Key’s El Centro de Familia. Please join us in honoring this extraordinary environmentalist and Chicana activist from East Austin.

Aug 20, 2013

LULAC & Ford Driving Dreams Through Education

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.

Aug 19, 2013

Southwest Key's Valerie Joiner Interviewed About Immigration

Southwest Key's Valerie Joiner speaks to YNN's John Salazar about the urgent need for comprehensive immigration reform.

Aug 19, 2013

Dr. Sanchez Thanks Staff

Dr. Sanchez sits down and personally thank SWKey employees for a great year

Aug 13, 2013

In the Hispanic Culture, Food is Our Bond

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.

Aug 12, 2013

Southwest Key Community Connections Helping Youths in Buffalo, NY

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.

Aug 12, 2013

The Journey to Becoming a Leader in the Community

Mekhai, 15 years old, is now a leader in his community, working as a mentor and basketball coach at a local community center in Buffalo, NY. Just a few months ago, Mekhai was not the same person.

Aug 12, 2013

Finances: How Can My Family And I Survive?

Today, there are financial literacy and planning workshops given by nonprofits, banks, credit unions and others. While there is certainly a lot of interest on the part of participants, attendance is low.

May 31, 2013

Health Promise Success Story: Ashley Sosa

In her two years at East Austin College Prep, Ashley Sosa has tried just about every sport that Health Promise offers. A wraparound program through East Austin Children’s Promise, Health Promise provides physical education and nutrition classes for residents of Austin.

Apr 18, 2013

Meet Health Promise Coach Sheldon Williams

When Superintendent Dr. Joe Gonzales was looking for people to help round out the health and wellness curriculum at East Austin College Prep, Sheldon Williams was an obvious choice. A resident of East Austin, Williams grew up just down the street from EAPrep partner Southwest Key Programs on Jain Lane. Williams wanted to be “the best basketball player in the world” as a kid and, since he was skinny, began working out at an early age. He notes, “Working out didn’t hurt with the girls either.”

Feb 15, 2013

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

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.

Feb 1, 2013

East Austin Students Make a Health Promise

REShaping Texas

Children at East Austin College Prep have promised to incorporate healthy habits into their lives, thanks to a 2011 Carol M. White Physical Education Grant from the U.S. Department of Education.