Southwest Key Program, Inc.

Rating: 4.33 stars   6 reviews 465

Issues: Children & Youth, Education, Human Services, Immigration

Location: 3000 S Ih-35 Austin TX 78704 USA

Mission: The mission of Southwest Key Program, Inc. is to advocate for children worldwide, and to impact children, youth and families by empowering them to succeed. Southwest Key was founded out of a belief that troubled children do not fare well in institutions, and are helped much more significantly by community-based organizations that work with entire families and community support systems.
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EIN 74-2481167
http://www.swkey.org
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Rating: 1 stars  

My foster daughter received the care of a highly skilled and creative crisis stabilizer from southwest key. She was promised from day one that the worker would not leave unless the teenager did not want her services any longer. The child has multiple mental health needs and can be quite uncooperative, however with this worker she had exhibited no violence and each week came home with thoughtful/positive creations (art, poems etc). This week we were stunned to learn the worker in consultation with her supervisor has decided to terminate the relationship. Without conversing with foster parent nor problem solving with the wraparound team, the child has simply been abandoned. No transfer of services was offered. The child and treatment foster worker and parent were in shock. I would not recommend this company under any circumstances.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Encourage problem solving with all members of the team rather than making unilateral decisions that effect a child's life.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

No

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Badly

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a resident and member of the Community Advisory Group for SWK, I'm proud to be part of the positive changes our community is experiencing. This organization has done it RIGHT from the beginning. They engaged our community from the time they became owners of the property. Southwest Key continues to develop a Family Center that the community has helped create. We knew they were serious about helping our community, when they agreed to locate their Corporate Offices into our neighborhood.
Thanks SWK
Johnny Limon

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

This organization has taught me and others, how to be great leaders in our community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Keep up the great work!!

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Southwest Key strives to connect partners from the community to provide comprehensive services to the children and families of the surrounding area. They have been professional, friendly, and accomadating to work with.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen the girls connect with their community by providing games for the families waiting for the Capital Area Food Bank and by planting a community garden. I have also seen the results of the cooperative efforts of Soutwest Key through our partnership with Boys and Girls Club for a summer camp this June.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase interaction between Southwest Key staff and the girls I serve during special events, etc.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I have worked on many projects with this culturally competent organization. They really are invested in the community they are serving and they seek to change the lives of those people in the community. They are doing great things at Southwest Key and I had the oppotunity to intern there during my Masters program. One of my favorite projects was the spoken word and hip hop project. The goal of this project was to improve the relationship between at-risk youth and their family, and law enforcement. Improving this relationship is crucial for our young people and law enforcment to work together rather than be enemies. Southwest Key is making strides in this area.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the students in the hip hop classes change their view about law enforcement and begin to view them as someone they can call on.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand its services to the entire Austin area so that they could impact and change more lives.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Southwest Key is a growing and thriving institution in the Austin community. I've attended culturally rich and relevant events there, participated in educational workshops, and joined with others to use the space for production rehearsals. It is a versatile, dynamic place that fosters creativity, cooperation, and community. I know I'll be there again soon, and so will my friends and family!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

workshops where I learned a lot of new things, and community experiences during which I made new friends and did some important networking.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Prefer to receive more updates via email/better publicity fo rte events taking place at Southwest Key

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Rating: 5 stars  

Southwest Key is a dynamic national organization that isn't afraid to get creative and try new things. I had the privilege to be a graduate intern there in 2010 and get involved with everything from strategic planning to job coaching program design to creating anger management activities for middle schoolers in their charter school.

I love what they're doing with cultural arts and prevention in general. I've stayed on there in 2011 as a volunteer with one of my favorite pilot programs -- a hip hop and creative writing program that counts as community service hours for teens on probation. Amazing staff, good stuff, enough said!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've seen teens change from sullen and shy to lively performers who didn't know they had a knack for writing, and didn't know an audience would listen to what they had to say.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand the cultural arts programming to raise up communities so that they avoid poverty, probation and prison!

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