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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

For more than 30 years, Southwest Key has focused on creating an environment for children to succeed. Far too many young boys and girls face difficult circumstances in their communities such as poverty, neglect, violence or abuse. We believe we have a responsibility to help shape their life’s path and surround them with support so they can envision a brighter future for themselves.

Our Community Engagement efforts bring together a pipeline of services. We focus on programming in three distinct areas — health, wellness, education and performance arts programs — services that feed the mind, body and soul of children and their families. Southwest Key creates nurturing opportunities for growth and learning for the communities we serve. We offer college scholarships for deserving students, as well as free performances  for families in East Austin. And through our partnership with Central Texas Food Bank, we distribute groceries to East Austin residents on the fourth Wednesday of every month.

In addition to meeting children’s needs, we also provide services for parents and the community. We host financial literacy workshops and offer free preventative care workshops and health screenings. By supporting the communities we’re part of, we are cultivating an environment for youth and their families to succeed and thrive. And with the help of our many partners, these programs and services are provided at no cost.

We believe in focusing on children because they drive change. And collectively, their achievements will resonate across neighborhoods and have a compounding effect on society. We are committed to sharing love and compassion by instilling optimism and courage in each child we serve. Our success as an organization will be measured by the quantifiable and qualitative changes that we’ll see in each child — and ultimately, in the world around us.

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Food Giveaways

Our food giveaways are happening every 4th Wednesday of the month in Austin, TX!

LOCATION

Southwest Key Programs 6002 Jain Ln Austin, TX 78721

DATE/TIME

Every 4th Wednesday of the month 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Each month we host the Central Texas Food Bank as they provide free, healthy groceries and pantry staples to anyone in the Austin community. This is completely free and does not require registration or personal information.
If you or anyone you know is facing a shortage of household foods, we encourage you to join us to pick up a box of essentials.

FREE CLASSES FOR THE COMMUNITY

LOCATION

Victor R. Garza Community Center

Southwest Key Programs 6002 Jain Ln Austin, TX 78721

BALLET FOLKLORICO

by Ballet East

Saturdays 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Youth, Beginner – Intermediate

INFO

Main: 512-660-7931
English: 979-212-5175
Spanish: 512-672-8390
dance.marroquin@gmail.com

YOGA CLASSES

by Sana Yoga

Fridays 10:00 AM
Adults

Wednesdays 6:30 PM
Youth

MARIACHI CLASSES

by Austin Soundwaves

Mondays 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Ages 10 – 55

Instruments and sheet music provided.

The Man in Me

Cultivating Fathers Program

Adults

An intensive 8-week program that helps to support and build skills for participants to be better fathers.

COUNSELING SERVICES

by LifeWorks

Adults

Workshops will focus on parenting skills, mental health, computer safety, and healthy relationships.

ACC CLASSES

The Victor R. Garza Community Center also offers, through a partnership with ACC, the following classes at no cost:

GED 

(General Educational Development)

ESL

(English as a Second Language)

Computer Literacy

INFO

512-223-7140
Call to register to these classes!

Yoga classes

Free yoga classes for adults of all levels, from beginner to advanced.

BILINGUAL ADAPTIVE YOGA

Instead of trying to force your body into one-size-fits-all poses, adaptive yoga fits the movements to what you’re able to do. It uses props like blankets, straps, and chairs to make the poses open to more people. The classes are taught by certified Yoga instructor Linda Natera with Sana Yoga. If you are new to yoga and don’t have a mat, one can be provided for you.

LOCATION

Southwest Key Programs 6002 Jain Ln Austin, TX 78721

DATE/TIME

Fridays 10:00 AM
Adults

Wednesdays 6:30 PM
Youth

Arrive 15 minutes early if you have not registered.
Class is free.

La Posada 2021

To learn more about partnering with us or future events and activities, contact Danny Castro.

dannycastro@swkey.org