This week The East Austin College Prep Academy (Academy), a charter school in the Govalle/Johnston Terrace neighborhood serving East Austin families, was awarded a $2.5 million DREAM-Link (Dedicating Resources for an Enrichment and Academic Mission) Initiative grant. The Department of Education funding will provide $500,000 per year, during the course of the next five years, with the Academy committing to contribute more than $400,000 in funds to the DREAM-Link Initiative project.
“We are very excited about being a part of the DREAM-Link Initiative! The East Austin College Prep Academy, we believe, will be the model middle school that prepares students for success, not only in their high school and college education, but in their contributions to our community as well,” stated Marisol Rocha, the principal. “This funding is definitely a vote of confidence in our programs!”
The East Austin College Prep Academy, an innovative, tuition-free charter school, welcomed almost 200 students to its 6th and 7th grades this fall. As part of the East Austin Children’s Promise, the Academy is located in the heart of the Govalle/Johnston Terrace neighborhood at Southwest Key’s Centro de Familia and is the community’s only middle school. The Children’s Promise programming includes youth and adult education opportunities, family and community engagement opportunities, job training and social enterprise. As one of the eleven projects chosen from a pool of almost 250 applicants nationwide, this funding will allow the Academy to expand programming and opportunity for the East Austin community.
The goal of the DREAM-Link Initiative is to improve the academic achievement and engagement of youth and adults through the use of research-based programming to increase social and economic development for a community. This grant funding will allow the Academy to strengthen partnerships and develop new collaborations to enhance their existing services in East Austin.
About Southwest Key Programs:
Southwest Key Programs is a national nonprofit organization headquartered in Austin, Texas. It has a staff of over 1,100 employees with a mission to improve the quality of life for children through education, community development, and youth and family services. Southwest Key’s Centro de Familia community center serves as a launching pad for its East Austin Children’s Promise, an initiative providing education and services for local children and their families, including the East Austin College Prep Academy. Founded in 1987, Southwest Key operates 55 programs in 6 states, serving approximately 6,000 children per day.
For more information about Southwest Key Programs: www.swkey.orgFor more information about East Austin College Prep Academy: www.swkey.org/schools/academy