Southwest - A Leadership Program

Southwest is a leadership and character development program for girls from 8th, 9th,10th  & 11th grade based on values and human virtues to help girls make an impact in society. It is a supplementary after school program that serves students from low-income families in the city of Houston.  


The high 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 she encounters along the way. The mentors are committed to meet with each mentee at least once every semester during the SW session.




The purpose 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.  



      Yes Prep Southwest

      4411Anderson Road

      Houston TX, 77053


Yes Prep is an open-enrollment public charter school system serving students in the grades six through twelve in Houston’s most under served communities.


Today, with 17 schools in operation, serving 11,600 students throughout Houston, YES Prep is living proof that different outcomes are possible when students from low-income communities are given access to high-quality educational opportunities.



September 14

October 26

November 16

*No December*

January 25

February 22

*No March*

April 25



One Saturday a month from 10 am – 12 pm

There are a limited number of 15 participants per grade at Yes Prep Southwest location.


TIME                             SCHEDULE FOR ALL GRADES


10:00-10:10                        Ice Breaker by UNIT


10:10-10:40             Presentation given by a UNIT Leader

                                                      Q & A


11:00-11:10                                    Break


11:10-12:00                         Workshop/Mentoring


12:00-12:15                                 Departure



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. 


                                     Fill out a volunteer registration form below.

  Programs run from September to the end of April.

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


Amairany Hi at (956) 404 - 3774 or at

And / or

Katerina Wiltz at (305) 934-1725 or at


For more information about the program, please contact:

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

*The Southwest program is sponsored by University Leadership Program*

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