Southwest Key Programs awarded $100K grant

February 23, 2010 at 11:35 am Leave a comment

We are happy and proud to announce that we were awarded a new $100,000 grant from The State Farm Youth Advisory Board,  one of only seven youth-picked grants statewide.

The State Farm Youth Advisory Board passed out $442,775 to a total of seven Texas organizations for programs addressing access to higher education, disaster preparedness, financial literacy, drivers’ safety and environmental responsibility.

The 30-person board of 17-20 year-olds picked grant winners from more than 1,100 applications totaling nearly $80 million nationwide.

“It was extremely difficult to narrow it down to just these seven since Texas saw a growth of 152 percent in grant applications received this last round. As a Board we review proposals and chose the programs that will ultimately have the greatest impact on their community, the most significant need, and are led by youth,” said Greg Weatherford, Senior Youth Advisory Board member for Texas.

We received $100,000 for our “breaking barriers through success” program that raises awareness about gaps in higher education access and provides tools for closing them. This grant will greatly help our East Austin College Prep Academy students, and help Southwest Key Programs fulfill our mission to open doors to opportunity so young people can achieve their dreams.

Congratulations to all seven organizations who received grants and thank you again to our friends at The State Farm Youth Advisory Board for supporting one of our new educational initiatives.

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