Southwest Key Programs has been awarded the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) Affiliate of the Year Award – the highest honor bestowed on an NCLR affiliate for its exemplary work in empowering the Latino community and advancing the mission of NCLR. Award sponsor Ford Motor Company Fund presented Southwest Key with a $25,000 check in recognition of the honor on July 23 at the 2013 NCLR Annual Conference. In his acceptance remarks, El Presidente/CEO of Southwest Key Programs, Juan Sanchez said “it is heartwarming and gratifying to receive NCLR’s Affiliate of the Year Award, and especially humbling knowing that there are so many worthy affiliates throughout the country doing great work for our Latino communities.”
Southwest Key Programs is a national nonprofit providing transformative education, innovative safe shelters and alternatives to incarceration for more than 6,000 youth each day, while creating opportunities for their families to become self-sufficient. The organization has played a vital role in Casey's JDAI network for the past two decades as a partner and technical assistance provider. They received the Gloria B. Jenkins award for actively promoting juvenile justice reforms to divert thousands of youth from prisons, jails and institutions, enabling them to stay at home with their families and out of trouble.