Garden Acosta discusses a worldwide interest in the "EL Puente Model". He briefly discusses other organizations being curious about how El Puente "does it". Garden Acosta mentions 3 El Puente alums being Tony Award winners, and countless other moving on to become doctors, police officers, artists, and media leaders. He mentions "The Door" being an important presence in the creation and development of El Puente. "Community" is what makes them different. Garden Acosta identifies El Puente as being a social justice movement in the community, which develops the individual youth to engage in the movement. He also celebrates the high graduation rate of students; having the most comprehensive Latino Arts and Culture Center; and focusing on Environmental Justice, claiming that they are the leaders in New England, Eastern and Mid-United States of America. Garden Acosta also discusses some of the 12 principles that El Puente is based on. He talks about the four cornerstones of the organization: Creating Community; Love and Caring; Mastery; and Peace and Justice. Two principles he discusses are "Unity through Diversity" and "Creativity". He also talks about language being important regarding the use of "El Puente" versus "The Bridge" indicating that young people were use to seeing Euro-American faces and he wanted to change that. He also finished the conversation with a story about his mother visiting El Puente, which led to students finding out and being surprised that Garden Acosta was a resident of the neighborhood.
El Puente, 211 S 4th street, Brooklyn, NY