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Southwest - A Leadership Program

Southwest is a leadership and character development program for 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls based on values and human virtues which help girls make an impact on society. It is a supplementary after school program that serves students from low-income families in the city of Houston.  


The middle school years are an important time for building character and becoming a positive catalyst for change. Southwest offers professional and cultural seminars, as well as career and skills development presentations.


The seminars consist of a presentation and a work session that equips the young women with the confidence and skills they need to discover a sense of purpose, aspire to their personal best, and make positive contributions wherever their life’s journey takes them.



The purpose of the mentoring program is to help the students apply in practical ways what they have learned in every session, formulate goals and navigate the challenges they encounter along the way. The mentors are committed to meet with each mentee at least once every semester.



The purpose of the Workshops is to teach students academic, professional and human skills that can help form learning careers. As a way to further learn from other, students of all grade levels participate in each session.  




St. Joseph’s Parish

1505 Kane St.

Houston TX, 77007



October 10

November 14

*No December*

January 9

February 13

*No March*

April 10



One Saturday a month from 10 am – 12 pm.

There are a limited number of 15 participants per grade.

During October and November the sessions will be virtual.



Apply to Volunteer for Southwest Leadership Program!

No previous experience is required.

  • Volunteers for Southwest Leadership Program are college and young professional women.

  • Our volunteer coordinator will contact you to set up a visit at our center in Houston.

  • We provide ongoing volunteer training and resources. 

  • All volunteers must complete a background check through St. Joseph’s Parish.


                                     Fill out a volunteer registration form below.

  Programs run from October to the end of April.

If you are interested in volunteering and have questions please contact:  

Katerina Wiltz at (305) 934-1725 or at


Tricia Keefe at (832) 577-7307 or at

*The Southwest program is sponsored by University Leadership Program*

For more information about the program, please contact:

Jeannette Perez Gruber at or 713-524-9822, ext. 112

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