YOUTH & FAMILY SERVICES

A better alternative. A better tomorrow.

Southwest Key’s Youth and Family Services are based on the core principle that positive change can happen though therapeutic, educational and community-based programs. Our programs are shaped by evidence-based practices and made successful by staff that come from the communities we serve. By providing alternatives to children who are involved in the court or juvenile justice systems, our programs enable them to stay at home with their families and involved in their communities.

Through our programs, young men and women are provided with structure and services that promote positive behaviors and experiences. Our caseworkers partner with families to address individual, family and community issues, such as helping with the transition back home from a correctional facility or institution, assisting parents with employment and childcare, and working with school staff to meet academic and personal needs. Our programs track the progress youth are making while holding them accountable for their actions. These components work together to set the foundation for success, both today and tomorrow.

Southwest Key’s Youth and Family Services division also provides preventative programming, community engagement and school-based programs. Some of our  program services include:
– Alternative Education Programs

– Home-Based Individual and Family Counseling Services

– Wraparound Case Management Services

– GPS and Face-to-Face Monitoring/Supervision Services

– Truancy Prevention Programs

– Leadership Development Programs

OUR PROGRAM MODELS:

Community Connections is a four-to-six-month program which aims to keep youth in their homes and communities by decreasing incidents of delinquent behavior, improving family relations, and holding youth accountable. This program serves youth from ages 10 to 17 who are at medium to high risk of being removed from their homes due to delinquent behavior or family conflict. It also seeks to serve their families and provide them with necessary resources to help the youth. 

 

We provide intensive comprehensive services through home and community-based wraparound case management services and individual, group, and family counseling. We also provide face-to-face and telephone monitoring services after curfew. Community Connections services are designed to have a direct impact on the lives of youth by increasing accountability, providing life skills, improving relationships with family, and enhancing both formal and natural supports with those who they are around. 

 

For more information about how to bring this program model to your community, please call (512) 583-2540 or email Veronica Delgado-Savage at [email protected].

Helping today’s youth become tomorrow’s leaders.


CYD programs across Texas provide early intervention and positive development programming in ZIP codes with high risk factors. The goal of CYD is to provide youth in high-risk communities with growth opportunities to develop Youth leadership and prosocial skills through group activities and service-learning projects.


CYD provides key services:

  • Academic Support
  • Case Management
  • Family Focused Activities
  • Post High School Readiness
  • Youth Leadership Development
  • Youth Mentoring


For more information about how to bring this program model to your community please call (512) 583-2540 or email Veronica Delgado-Savage at [email protected].

Creating support systems together.


Functional Family Therapy (FFT) is a three-to-four-month in-home therapeutic program for youth ages 11-19 and their families. The program serves the family unit and is designed to create a healthy family support system for at risk youth by improving family communication, behavioral dynamics and expectations in the home. FFT therapists provide in-home sessions to youth and their families at least once per week, with case management and check-ins provided on an as-needed basis.

  1. 24-Hour Referral Response Time
  2. Culturally Responsive Programming
  3. Life Skills, Coping Skills and Problem-Solving
  4. Enhanced Formal and Natural Supports
  5. Motivational Interviewing
  6. Evidenced-Based Approaches
  7. In-Home and Remote Sessions


For more information about how to bring this program model to your community please call (512) 583-2540 or email Veronica Delgado-Savage at [email protected].


Creating positive and sustainable life changes.

 

Family Keys Plus is a four-month prevention and intervention program with a goal of decreasing truancy and delinquent behavior at school, at home or in the community, as well as addressing family conflict and behavioral health concerns. This program serves youth between the ages of 10-18. Youth referred may be on juvenile probation, but the program can also serve at-risk youth who have been identified as truant or demonstrating disruptive behaviors in school or home, are experiencing family conflict, mental health concerns, and/or substance abuse, and need additional help beyond school-based interventions. 

 

The Family Keys Plus program services are available in the home or community to effectively and conveniently meet the specific needs of each family.

For more information about how to bring this program model to your community please call (512) 583-2540 or email Veronica Delgado-Savage at [email protected].

 

The Gang Prevention Program in Erie County, New York is part of a federal grant initiative. The program incorporates a mixture of core services, evidence-based approaches, and activities that enable youth to practice safe pro-social behaviors. This strategic plan works towards keeping youth out of gangs while reducing risk of exposure to community violence. We provide services for both male and female youth, from ages 10 to 17 who are gang-involved or at risk of connecting with gangs, residing in under-resourced areas in Buffalo, New York. We offer youth a combination of case management services, skill-building opportunities, community resources, linkages to employment programs, and pro-social and recreational activities. The Gang Prevention Program aims to equip families with resources they need to keep their children safe. It is also driven to prevent violence within communities, while promoting healing from victimization and exposure to violence.  

 

Refer eligible youth to the Gang Prevention Program by contacting Program Coordinator, Steve Horton, at [email protected] or by calling 716-364-5662. For more information about how to bring this program model to your community, please call 512-583-2540 or email Veronica Delgado-Savage at [email protected] 

Getting kids back on track to achieve their dreams.

 

Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Programs (JJAEP) offers academic and behavioral program services for youth between the ages of 10-17 who are expelled from their regular home campus due to delinquent behavior. We believe every child has a right to a quality education, regardless of their previous behavioral incidents. Our programs provide a variety of instructional methods in a safe and secure environment, promote positive behavior change and offer counseling services focused on the holistic well-being of the youth we serve.

 

Our JJAEPs are trauma-informed campuses designed to re-engage youth by providing a combination of computer-based curriculum, direct teaching and individualized experiential instruction, focusing on the students’ strengths while addressing the behavior that led to the expulsion. We use a multi-tiered approach to social, emotional, and behavior support. Our resolute team works together to holistically address students’ academic and behavioral goals to prepare them for transitioning back to their home campus or their post-high school goals.

 

For more information about how to bring this program model to your community please call (512) 583-2540 or email Veronica Delgado-Savage at [email protected].

Behavioral Health Services

 

Together Forward provides comprehensive services to children, youth and families aimed at improving their overall wellness. Together Forward’s philosophy of care is rooted in Trauma Informed Care and Motivational Interviewing approaches that value personal choice and growth. The Together Forward program provides services to Medicaid/CHIP those eligible between the ages of 3–19 and their families. 

 

Comprehensive care available at NO COST to the families includes:

  • Responsive Support
  • Assessment
  • Individualized and Collaborative Planning
  • Case Management
  • Rehabilitation Skills Training
  • Counseling
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For more information go to www.togetherforward.one. To enroll call 1-800-448-6373 or email [email protected] to begin the referral application process.

Aftercare Re-entry Program

 

Stay together. Grow closer. Build Skills. Ensure success.

 

Un Puente al Hogar (UPH) is a transitional and re-entry program designed to ensure youth success in their return home from out-of-home placement. UPH is a six-month program with two months of service pre-release and four months of service post-release upon return to their community. This program serves adjudicated and at-risk youth ages 10-18, transitioning to the community from out-of-home placement or juvenile detention.

 

Utilizing an evidence-informed curriculum New Freedoms – Return Home, UPH provides transitional services to address a youth’s readiness to return home. Group meetings are held twice a month for one to two hours. Services are also provided to the families of youth. UPH staff meet with families twice a month to prepare for a youth’s return home.

 

For more information about how to bring this program model to your community please call (512) 583-2540 or email Veronica Delgado-Savage at [email protected].

Upward Bound is a federally funded program established in 1965 as a part of the Economic Opportunity Act, which serves and assists low-income, first-generation college students. Upward Bound exists to increase the rate at which students graduate with their high school diploma, enroll in, and complete a post-secondary education. Upward Bound provides support to students in their preparation for a post-secondary education with free tutoring, one-on-one academic and career advising, college examination preparation, field trips to colleges, internship opportunities, financial literacy education, and assistance with applying and enrolling. 

  

For more information about how to bring this program model to your community, please call (512) 583-2540 or email Veronica Delgado-Savage at [email protected]. 

Staying accountable. Staying together.

 

Southwest Key’s Youth Tracking Services program is a community-based alternative to secure detention, for youth between the ages of 10-17, that typically lasts 30 to 60 days. Youth Tracking Services can be an alternative to detention or a support service for community re-integration and supervision after being released from detention or incarceration. Youth Tracking Services utilize daily face-to-face contact, telephone curfew calls, school attendance checks, as well as 24-hour electronic GPS monitoring to keep youth and their communities safe.

 

These daily face-to-face visits allow for positive interactions and supportive conversations, encouraging accountability, and redirection of potential crises. During these face-to-face visits and curfew checks, Southwest Key staff utilize motivational interviewing techniques and strengths-based language to unearth the youth’s internal motivations and desire for change. 

 

For more information about how to bring this program model to your community please call (512) 583-2540 or email Veronica Delgado-Savage at [email protected].