All of Southwest Key's Programs fall under one of three categories listed below. Though these three pillars of Southwest Key's programming serve completely separate populations, they all have one thing in common. They were based on a belief that children do best when they are not in institutions. Southwest Key is dedicated to keeping youth out of institutions and empowering them with the skills, knowledge, and tools needed to succeed. The company is a recognized leader in the design and implementation of innovative, community-based youth and family programs for federal, state and local agencies. Read on to learn more about our programs.
Southwest Key Programs Serve Three, Separate Populations, But Share One Goal. To Keep Children Out Of Institutions.
Southwest Key was founded in 1987 to work with adolescents, mostly youth of color, involved with the U.S. juvenile justice system. We pioneered and replicated community-based alternatives to incarceration based on our belief that young people are best served in their own communities with the involvement of their families.
Through our Unaccompanied Minors Program Southwest Key shelters immigrant children under 18 years of age who are in the United States without a parent or guardian helping the federal government to fulfill the U.S. Supreme Court’s mandate on the appropriate care of unaccompanied children from all over the world.
In 2007, Southwest Key moved its national headquarters to the Govalle-Johnston Terrace neighborhood of East Austin. There, the company began an initiative called East Austin Children’s Promise based on the Harlem Children’s Zone, an internationally renowned program in New York City that operates an integrated system of education, social services and community-building programs to help all neighborhood children achieve their potential. East Austin Children’s Promise has built a pipeline of wraparound services including adult education, job counseling and placement, ESL, wellness and cultural arts
to help revitalize one of Austin’s most neglected areas.