Archive for April, 2010

Join Us and Celebrate This Saturday, May 1

As the weekend draws closer, just a reminder to bring the whole family and please join us on May 1, 2010 as we break ground on the future home of Southwest Key’s Social Enterprise Complex located at 6002 Jain Lane, Austin.

Festivities begin at 10.30am with the groundbreaking ceremony and continue throughout the afternoon until 3pm with music, food and fun.  There will be music, live performance of ballet folklorico, bilingual theater, and mariachi from Southwest Key’s Latino Arts Preservation Program, a live spoken word performance from The Cipher at 2pm, arts and crafts, a job fair, food and much more.

The event is open and free for everyone. So please bring your family and friends to celebrate with us!

April 27, 2010 at 5:10 pm Leave a comment

Youth Voices Event – May 4th @ 6pm

Youth Voices: Socially Conscious Spoken Word

 
 
Social Justice + Hip Hop + Creative Youth
 

Southwest Key Programs is hosting Youth Voices, a spoken word hip hop performance featuring original lyrical work with a socially conscious flair. The event will showcase amazing young poets and artists from throughout Travis County, including members of The Cipher, slam finalists from the Texas Youth Word Collective, and a new group called the Rhythm Writerz.

**Come out to support these kids and get inspired!!**

*No charge. Free food and drinks.*

(Contact: lo’toole@swkey.org for additonal details.)

April 27, 2010 at 12:12 pm Leave a comment

Travis County Help en Español

On the look out for health and social services information in Spanish?

Read on, we have good news to report. …..Austin Travis County Integral Care (ATCIC), formerly known as the Austin Travis County Mental Health Mental Retardation Center, which serves as the local authority for behavioral health and developmental disabilities in Travis County, has launched a new Spanish language website.

The website provides culturally relevant resources about behavioral and mental health issues, and is a great source for Spanish speakers to find in-depth, timely information about what resources are available, upcoming events, service providers, reports and much more.

Congratulations ATCIC!  Check out the new website here.

April 22, 2010 at 11:41 am Leave a comment

East Austin Children’s Promise Breakfast

Southwest Key Program’s held a Children’s Promise breakfast this week to increase awareness of our long-term community transformation and education initiative, the East Austin Children’s Promise. We introduced some of our new partners and supporters and it was standing room only for the large crowd, as we presented our progress to date and future plans.

Attendees from all over the community attended including neighborhood associations, corporations, foundations, service providers, faith-based groups, elected officials city councilman Mike Martinez and Chris Riley, former Austin mayor Gus Garcia, Travis County Judge, Sam Biscoe, Justice of the Peace elect Yvonne Williams,  State Representative Eddie Rodriguez and many, many more.  A big thank you to everyone who attended and pledged their support for the East Austin Children’s Promise. For more photo’s please follow this link

East austin College Prep Academy students welcome the crowd

Standing room only

April 15, 2010 at 4:11 pm Leave a comment

Citizenship Forum – Saturday, April 17th

Questions about the process of becoming a U.S. Citizen?  Need help?

 

Manos de Cristo will be hosting a Citizenship Forum on Saturday, April 17 from 10 am – 1 pm with lawyers and professionals who can help.

In partnership with the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) and the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Manos will host a day for eligible permanent residents to:

  • receive information about the Citizenship process
  • get help filling out the application for Citizenship
  • get study materials for the interview
  • take passport photos, make photocopies of documents

There will be several immigration lawyers available to answer questions in private.

When: Saturday, April 17th, 10am-1pm
Where: Manos de Cristo
                  4911 Harmon Avenue
                  Austin TX 78751

For more information, visit http://www.yaeshora.info/ or call 1-888-839-8682.

April 13, 2010 at 4:03 pm Leave a comment

Game on! Texas 2010

Our East Austin College Prep Academy (EACPA) Superintendent Dr. Cantu, was recently invited to be a panelist at the Game On! Texas 2010, educational summit. The event highlighted how developing games can help children learn, and  was hosted in Austin by AMD on April 7th, 2010.

The students at EACPA are part of AMD’s signature education initiative, Changing the Game. The initiative promotes social issue game development as a tool to inspire children to learn, improve their science, technology, education and math (STEM) skills, and become more attuned to global social issues such as the environment, energy, public health and poverty.

Dr. Cantu’s panel included other prominent educators who have experience using game development with children. Working on the games Dr. Cantu noted, has helped their cognitive skills and specifically developed their math and technology abilities.

As part of this initiative, EACPA students use the World Wide Workshop Foundation’s Globaloria game-design program in the schools AMD computer lab. The lab also gives the students access to other aspects of technology and the internet including blogging, developing wiki’s, even learning Flash!

Globaloria is an intensive in-school game development curriculum and social networking platform that prepares students ages 13 and older from under-served communities to use technology to become active, socially conscious global cybercitizens.

April 9, 2010 at 2:35 pm Leave a comment

Thank You AMD and the AMD Foundation!

We are very pleased to announce that for the second consecutive year, our East Austin College Prep Academy (EACPA) has been awarded two grants totaling approximately $136,000 from AMD and the AMD Foundation.

The grants, as part of AMD’s Changing the Game education initiative, will enable the EACPA to add a new grade and double the number of students participating in the World Wide Workshop Foundation’s cutting-edge Globaloria game-design program. Additionally, AMD will fund a second technology laboratory for students, featuring 30 HP notebooks with AMD processors and ATI graphics.

The World Wide Workshop Foundation is a global foundation for developing educational technology applications that intertwine social media technology and game production. Globaloria is an intensive in-school game development curriculum and social networking platform that prepares students ages 13 and older from underserved communities to use technology to become active, socially conscious global cybercitizens.

The 2010 grants are given in support of AMD’s signature education initiative, AMD Changing the Game. The initiative promotes social issue game development as a tool to inspire youth to learn, improve their science, technology, education and math (STEM) skills, and become more attuned to global social issues such as the environment, energy, public health and poverty.

“Today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders. AMD Changing the Game and the Globaloria program share a goal of using technology, and particularly game development, to harness students’ curiosity and creativity, boost their confidence, enrich their educational experience and expand their global awareness,” said Allyson Peerman, president, AMD Foundation. “We commend Southwest Key’s East Austin College Prep Academy for being such a pioneer in choosing to make this innovative game design program an integral part of their curriculum.”

“In 2009 we partnered with the AMD Foundation and Southwest Key to launch the first ever comprehensive, school-wide game-design program for STEM learning at EACPA: Globaloria at EACPA. Our strong partnership resulted in a hugely successful program and fueled our desire to expand the program this year,” said Dr. Idit Harel Caperton, Founder and President, World Wide Workshop Foundation. “We are proud to continue working to implement a program that is designed to enhance learning, innovation, entrepreneurship and an understanding of the world among students in the East Austin community.”

Our EACPA opened its doors in fall 2009 and is located on our East Austin Family Center campus. The school had 92 6th grade students last year and we expect to more than double attendance this fall by adding a 7th grade class to the school. With the AMD grant, EACPA will not only continue the implementation of the Globaloria program, but also will establish a second technology lab, and hire a second Globaloria teacher and a full time Information Technology professional to support the program.

From all of us at Southwest Key Programs, the East Austin College Prep Academy and especially the students, thank you AMD and the AMD Foundation!!

April 6, 2010 at 4:48 pm Leave a comment

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