EL PUENTE BUSHWICK
Photos by This Bushwick Life
What is El Puente Bushwick?
The El Puente Bushwick Center has been around for 27 years. In close partnership with East Brooklyn Congregation and at the community’s request, El Puente expanded to Bushwick in 1992 and has since operated a successful community leadership center in the heart of Bushwick.
Additionally, we have served generations of families as a community organization in creating positive change and building bridges, withstood endless waves of community development, and are ever more committed to serving all members of the Bushwick community.
What type of services are offered?
El Puente Bushwick Leadership Center is a vibrant, safe, and nurturing community for young people (ages 12-21) and their families. It offers a comprehensive year-round program that integrates El Puente’s signature Membership model that focuses on holistic leadership development, one to one mentoring, and project-based learning. An array of skills-based activities focus on achieving educational mastery and transformative social action.
Participation in the arts is an essential part of the Center as a powerful tool to educate and organize the community. “Time Flies: A History of Bushwick” and “A Community Rises: Creating a World without Domestic Violence”, two powerful community murals painted by the El Puente Muralistas and Bushwick members are part of Bushwick’s walking tours and are an inspiration to community residents.
How has COVID19 impacted El Puente Bushwick programs?
Due to the cancellation of the Summer Youth Employment Program, we will not be able to run summer programming at our center. However, the Bushwick Center will be available to our young people who wish to utilize the space.
Also, the Bushwick center has transitioned to remote programming. Our youth have participated in our art, dance, academic support, and mentoring online sessions. Although we have transitioned, the center has remained open to our members who live in the community that need a physical space to vent, be creative, and to receive support.
Describe Bushwick in one word?
Where do you see Bushwick in the future?
We envision an equitable future for our Black and Brown families. We envision adequate funding of Bushwick schools as well as youth programming. We see our young people thriving because they are receiving culturally responsive education and resources.
We see Bushwick having free resources involving health care, immigration and tenant representation, food delivery, and essential services that our community needs and deserves.
Where do you like to hangout in Bushwick?
Tortilleria Los Hermanos on Starr Street.
Hope Ballfield Park on Menahan Street and Knickerbocker Ave.
The Concerned Citizens of Grove Street Garden at 7274 Grove Street.
Special shoutout to the Bushwick STARR for partnering with us in providing art programming and internship opportunities for our young people!
El Puente de Bushwick
311 Central Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11221