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Drama Program Allows Immigrant Youth To Confront Traumatic Past
Southwest Key

May, 2013


Drama Program Allows Immigrant Youth To Confront Traumatic Past



"I remember being cold. I remember what it feels like to be shut out," says Caleb Winebrenner, quoting the monologue of a student in his drama class. Winebrenner is a volunteer teacher at Casa de Lighthouse, a Southwest Key immigrant youth shelter in Phoenix, Arizona. (Read More)

Cathy Hammonds at her graduation from Mercer University. 

Cathy Hammonds, an Executive Assistant at Southwest Key Programs in Georgia, was employee of the year in 2010. A volunteer in her community, her accomplishments include raising a family and recently completing her Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership with a minor in Human Services from Mercer University


Hammonds put her dreams of going to college on hold as she raised a family. A working mom, she knew she needed to be there for her kids, supporting them at school plays, band recitals, and sporting events.


When her youngest child graduated from high school, she decided the time was right to go back to school. “She did it because it’s what she wanted. I don’t think she had anything to prove. She’s not that type of person. She wanted it for herself,” explains Katie Jones, Hammonds’ daughter. (read more)

Christina Cantu, Special Projects Manager to El Presidente at Southwest Key Programs, recently remodeled her guest bathroom through Southwest Key Green Energy & Construction, a social enterprise business operated by Southwest Key Enterprises. "I had other bids but I decided to go with Green Energy because they were affordable and I felt very comfortable talking with them about my needs and limits," explained Cantu. 


Formed in 2006, Southwest Key Green Energy & Construction offers affordable contract work to the East Austin community, provides jobs for skilled workers, and generates revenue that funds the mission of Southwest Key. (read more)

Watch: Southwest Key's Fiesta de Mayo Video



The Fiesta de Mayo is a production of Southwest Key's Latino Arts Preservation Program. The spring performance was held on May 11, 2013 and included East Austin College Prep choir, soloist Kiana, Southwest Key Mariachi, Ballet Folklorico, and Proyecto Teatro. (VIDEO) (PHOTOS)


El Paso “Well With Every Step” 5k Run/Walk


On Saturday, May 11, Casita Del Valle of Clint hosted the “Well With Every Step” 5k Fun Run/Walk. Employees from Casa El Paso and Casa Franklin were also invited to participate. The race was held at the Clint facility and kicked off at 7:30 AM. Despite a storm, participants still showed up to the event to get fit and socialize with colleagues from other programs. (Read more)


Austin Soundwaves Ambassador Concert 

On Monday, May 13th, Austin Soundwaves Students received a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform for the United States State Department and a group of 26 foreign ambassadors to the United States at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. (Read More


May 22, 2013

  Upcoming Events  



Soundwaves Final Concert

UT Bates Recital Hall 

May 23, 7:30pm 




Globey Awards on May 29, 2013, 5:30pm-7:30pm at East Austin College Prep Auditorium 





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  More Events  

 Soundwaves Concert 

May 23, 2013


 Southwest Key/EAPrep Closed 

May 27, 2013


 Globey Awards 

May 29, 2013


 Juan Acros America-Austin 

June 5, 2013


Last day of class for EA Prep 

June 6, 2013


 Mobile Food Bank 

June 14, 2013


Full list of events

 Blooming Florist  

 Beautiful corsages from Blooming Florist

Think Graduation! To order.

 In The Media  

 SWK ranks #5 among Top Hispanic Nonprofits in America by Hispanic Business Magazine and #1 in Texas! 



 LULAC Letter to the Editor in  Austin American-Statesman


 ASW Students: Austin's Next Generation of Leaders


 Mobile Food Bank Drive 




 EA Prep Teachers' Profile in La Voz

Alice Ramirez 


Cheryl Rimes 





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