Interview with Luis Garden Acosta on May 15, 2015, Segment 5, Part 1

CENTRO: 100 Puerto Ricans Oral History Project, 2013-

This segment is mostly about how El Puente started getting governmental funding, although the founder, Luis Garden Acosta, was hesitant to receive such funds. He describes his hesitations because of a fear of the funds being restricting to El Puente's programs and goals. Luis Garden says that El Puente received its first govermental funding in 1984, and identified the Assistant commissioner of the then called Youth Services office (known today as the Department for Youth and community Development), Roberto Soto, as having helped secure 25K in funds. Garden Acosta also discussed Frank Negron (co-founder and board member of El Puente) and Dr. Michael Greene as also being integral for El Puente securing governmental funds, which led to a 7 year grant for general operating costs that did not limit or restrict the vision of the organization. As part of this segment Garden Acosta also states that the vision for El Puente was to be a militant Human Rights driven organization.


Date
May 15, 2015, Recording date
Creator
Luis Garden Acosta
Interviewee
Luis Garden Acosta
Interviewer
Gisely Colon Lopez
Duration
2h 3m 46.0s
Location of interview

El Puente, 211 S 4th street, Brooklyn, NY

Language
English
Object Type
Moving Image
Identifier
LGA.2015.05.15.5.1
Related Keywords
Community, Fundraising, Leaders, Non-profit organizations, Teenagers
Individuals or Organizations Mentioned
El Puente Academy for Peace and Justice, Roberto Soto, Frank Negron, Michael Green, New York State. Division of Criminal Justice Services, Department of Youth and Community Development (NYC)
Related Places
Brooklyn (interview location)
Related Dates
1984, Date mentioned
Related Items
Interview with Luis Garden Acosta on May 15, 2015, Segment 5, Part 2
Citation
CENTRO: 100 Puerto Ricans Oral History Project, 2013-. Interview with Luis Garden Acosta on May 15, 2015, Segment 5, Part 1: LGA.2015.05.15.5.1. Center for Puerto Rican Studies Library & Archives, Hunter College, CUNY. Web. 23 Oct 2019.
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