El Puente

Founded over 30 years ago, El Puente is a community initiative working for peace and social change through 4 major programs: youth leadership and civic engagement activities, arts-focused projects, community health and environmental wellness initiatives, and El Puente Academy for Peace and Justice - founded 20 years ago as the first school in the U.S. dedicated to human rights and social justice. While each branch has its unique focus and goals, member are nurtured within an integrated, holistic program that draws from all four divisions, developing a well-rounded social awareness that prompts action and expression. True peace is the natural result of justice, and true justice can only be made possible by comprehension and compassion. We believe that individuals who are just can constitute nothing but a just community, and just communities will thus amount to a just and peaceful world.


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community, social justice, youth engagement, organizing

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