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PUENTE Learning Center

People United to Enrich the Neighborhood Through Education

Los Angeles, CA   |  http://www.puente.org/

Mission

We are PUENTE: People United to Enrich the Neighborhood Through Education. PUENTE is also the Spanish word for bridge, and our educational services are building bridges to learning and opportunity in Boyle Heights and beyond.

Ruling year info

1994

CEO

Mr. Jerome Greening

Main address

501 S. Boyle Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90033 USA

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EIN

95-4242175

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Charter Schools (B29)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Everyone deserves access to quality education. Were moving the needle of achievement, guided by our unique approach that educates the whole student within the context of her or his family and community. Through our four program areas, were changing what a learning experience can be for children, youth, adults, and the community. For nearly 40 years, PUENTE has served over 120,000 individuals, enabling children to develop a lifelong love of learning, helping parents succeed in their role as their childrens first and most important teachers, supporting youth as they move toward high school graduation and beyond, and assisting adults in need of English-language fluency and modern workforce skills.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Adult Education

PUENTE offers adult education classes year-round, providing support in English as a Second Language, High School Diploma & HiSET Preparation, and Workforce Development. Many adult students attend multiple classes, filling over 800 classroom seats monthly. Last year, 91% of adult students rated their learning experience as “excellent.”

Beyond the academic, many of our adult students also attend our community activities and have family members in our classes for children and youth.

Every day, PUENTE adult program staff members provide direct client services as well as supplement the courses of study of our co-located educational partners, East Los Angeles Occupational Center and Los Angeles City College. Together with our partners, PUENTE offers opportunities for adult students to increase employability opportunities, obtain technical training, and acquire language and academic skills for career readiness.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People of Latin American descent
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants

PUENTE fosters a powerful home-to-school connection and an inclusive learning environment through preschool, charter elementary school, and summer camp programs for over 300 students annually. We empower students and their parents to improve outcomes for the whole family.

PUENTE Preschool is a licensed child care provider providing high-quality early education to 40+ children aged 3 1/2-5 years. Our goal is for 100% of students to reach their DRDP goals for kindergarten readiness.

PUENTE Charter Elementary School (CES) serves 300+ students in grades TK-5 . In 2024, CA Department of Education rated PUENTE CES as a high performing charter school. Charter families have the option of After School, offered in partnership with Think Together, as well as Summer Camp for summer bridge learning, enrichment classes, and outdoor activities that prevent summer learning loss and close the opportunity gap.

Population(s) Served
Children
People of Latin American descent
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants

College and Career Program begins in 9th grade and provides continual services for up to ten years to motivate and empower over 600 youth from low-income communities of color to succeed in their pre-college performance, gain acceptance to and persist through college, and contribute their gifts and skills to professional communities. The College and Career Program components are College Access serving high school students and College Success serving post-secondary students. An alumni engagement program called NExT Navigating Education and Transitions provides extended case management and tracks long-term outcomes through an alumni database. Through monthly workshops, intense case management, a robust scholarship program, peer mentoring, and paid internship opportunities, PUENTE is increasing the number of Latinx post-secondary graduates in Los Angeles and breaking the cycle of poverty in Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Young adults
People of Latin American descent
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants

Where we work

Awards

Neighborhood Builder Award 2009

Bank of America

Community Progress Maker 2021

Citi Foundation

HALO Award 2021

The Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation

Affiliations & memberships

UnidosUS Affiliate 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children who have access to education

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Childhood

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Students attending PUENTE Preschool and Charter Elementary School. In Jan. 2020, Preschool switched its service model to serve less students in favor of higher teacher to student ratio.

Number of family members participating in school activities

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Caregivers, Families, Parents

Related Program

Childhood

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Family and parent engagement among Preschool and Charter Elementary School was 98% in 2021-22 and 97% in 2022-2023.

Number of students per classroom during the reporting period

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Childhood

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

From 2002 to 2016, PUENTE Charter School operated as Kindergarten only. Expansion to serve grades TK to 5 was achieved at the start of academic year 2022-23.

Number of program participants who receive a secondary school diploma or GED

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Adult Education

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

PUENTE provides High School Diploma and HiSET Certification in English and Spanish for adult students.

Number children performing average or above average academically

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Childhood

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Based on grade-level proficiency averages in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics among students attending PUENTE Charter Elementary School.

Number of seniors who pursue Post-secondary Educational opportunities

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Youth Programs

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

In 2022-2023, 100% college acceptance rate, financial aid application completion rate, and College Success program persistence rate with $40,200 scholarships awarded.

Number of adult learners enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Economically disadvantaged people, Immigrants and migrants

Related Program

Adult Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Many of PUENTE's Adult learners were considered "essential workers". Our service area had some of the highest rates of COVID-19 infection in Los Angeles County, 1 in 5 people.

Number of adults who advance a full literacy level

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Economically disadvantaged people, Immigrants and migrants

Related Program

Adult Education

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Reflects number of adults who advanced at least one level in ESL (English as a Second Language) classes at PUENTE.

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups, Social and economic status

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Reflects all participants in PUENTE education programs - Children, Youth, Adults, Community Services.

Number of participants who pass citizenship exam

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Immigrants and migrants

Related Program

Adult Education

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

In 2020 and 2021, lower number of participants passing citizenship exam due to COVID-19 disruption.

Number of teachers trained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Work status and occupations

Related Program

Childhood

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

All PUENTE Charter School teachers participate in weekly professional development opportunities.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Annually, PUENTE strives to achieve the following outcomes across four program areas: children, youth, adults, and community.

Our preschool is serving 42 children ages 3.5 to 5 years old in two half-day sessions. Main goals for PUENTE Preschool is to prepare children for kindergarten in a high-quality rated program with standards and rating designed by Quality Start LA (QSLA). PUENTE Preschool has been awarded the Tier 5 recognition from Quality Start Los Angeles - the highest Tier award recognition and is the only early education center in our service

PUENTE Charter Elementary School (CES) is serving over 300 students in grades TK-5. Main goals are to ensure students reclassify as English Learner proficient and increase English Language Arts and Math proficiency rates among all students.

All PUENTE Charter School students are eligible to attend PUENTE's Afterschool Enrichment and Summer Camp programs providing additional instructional and enrichment support to over 150 students annually.

College and Career Program is empowering over 500 high school and college students through a series of classes, workshops, mentor meetings, college & career counseling sessions, internships, and scholarships so that our students may graduate high school and persist through their post-secondary education. Main goals are 100% financial aid application completion and renewal rates, 100% high school graduation rate, 90% college acceptance rate, 75% college transfer rate for students at 2-year colleges, 100% of retained college students persisting towards graduation, and 100% retained college students entering a career or seeking advanced degree within 1 year of graduation.

Adult Education is serving 600 adult students, six days a week with classes in English as a Second Language (ESL), High School Diploma & High School Equivalency, Citizenship, and Career Skills (workforce certifications, technical training). Main goals are for adult students to complete their postsecondary educational goals by learning English, earning a high school diploma or equivalent, and to acquire workforce development training and certificates.

To further support educational achievement, PUENTE, in collaboration with community partners, provides targeted wrap-around services, including workforce readiness skill-building, financial literacy, tenants and immigration rights, health and community resource fairs. Essential wraparound services provided to Preschool and CES students includes free vision and dental health screenings, and social emotional wellness services through partnership with Vision to Learn, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, Care Solace, and Comprehensive Therapy Associates.

PUENTE’s 2022-2024 Strategic Plan is grounded in a commitment to greater engagement, visibility, and data. Our five strategic priorities are:
(1) To strengthen Family Engagement;
(2) Increase visibility and awareness through Community Outreach;
(3) Identify, cultivate, and strengthen Partnerships and Networking to build a more robust safety net;
(4) Continuous Improvement by investing in internal systems, processes, and infrastructure to enable our continued success; and
(5) Stewardship and Sustainability by investing in board infrastructure and engagement, and expanding and diversifying revenue for sustainable growth.

Strong organization infrastructure is vital to the success and vitality of PUENTE Learning Center. For the past three years, PUENTE has enhanced its procedures for board governance, fiscal operations, organizational management, programs and operations. A reflection of this hard work is evident in the PUENTE Charter School’s consistently highly rated annual comprehensive and detailed oversight visits by the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Charter School Division.

Deep family and community engagement has always been an essential component to PUENTE’s integrated service model. Our multigenerational approach to education engages the child, student, and family as a whole. Family engagement is woven into all children and youth programs. PUENTE Charter Elementary School hosts over thirty parent events each year with an average of four every month. Strong family engagement practices support favorable student attendance evident in PUENTE’s overall attendance rate of 96% for the 2020-2021 school year. The College and Career Program hosts college and FAFSA informational workshops for students and parents to increase college persistence by strengthening the family support system. Our “Ready for College” workshops created by College and Career staff geared towards parents of elementary students to start preparing their children for a post-secondary education.

PUENTE relies on effective partnerships for the continued growth and sustainability of its programs. Partnerships by program are:

(1) PUENTE Preschool, Charter Elementary School, Afterschool and Summer Enrichment – Los Angeles Unified School District, UCLA Stein Mobile Eye Clinic, Los Angeles Clippers, Hollenbeck Police Activities League (PALS), Neighborhood Music School, Theatre of Hearts/Youth First, and Think Together.
(2) College and Career Program - Mendez High School, Roybal Learning Center, UnidosUS, Keck School of Medicine of USC, Southern California College Access Network, and Mundo Academy.
(3) Adult Education – Los Angeles Unified School District, Division of Adult and Career Education; Los Angeles City College; UCLA Extension
(4) Community Engagement – Adventist Health White Memorial Medical Center, SCE Credit Union, State Assembly Member Miguel Santiago, Los Angeles City Council Member Kevin DeLeon, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn, Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, Citi Bank, SCE Credit Union, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, and Comite Pro Uno.

After operating as private, tuition-free preschool for 32 years, the PUENTE California State Preschool Program (CSPP) opened at the start of the pandemic in January 2020. . PUENTE Preschool uses the Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP) administered as a pre- and post-assessment. By the age of 5, children should score above 80% in the main domain mastery outcomes – social & emotional learning, Language & Literacy Development, and Math Cognition. In 2020-21, PUENTE Preschool DRDP proficiency outcomes were 82% for Social and Emotional Learning, 86% in Language and Literacy Development, and 77% in Math Cognition.

The expansion of PUENTE Charter Elementary School to 5th grade by 2022-23 was driven by the community’s demand for high-quality elementary school education. Our school has a 96% attendance rate, only 2% chronic absenteeism rate, and 0% suspension and expulsion rate. For the 2020-2021 academic year of mostly distance learning, only four students reclassified as English Proficient, and internal assessments revealed 64% of students met or exceeded ELA and Math grade-level proficiency, an 8 to 10% percent loss. Statewide student outcomes are 9% reclassification rate, 49% proficient in ELA and 34% in Math. Our goal is to return to and surpass pre-pandemic academic student outcomes as we continue to mitigate the effects of learning loss from COVID-19.

Over three years, PUENTE has grown the College and Career Program by 60% from 178 students served in 2018-2019 to 446 in 2020-2021. Two factors for the robust increase in student participation and engagement are College Access partnerships and the expansion of College Success. In 2020-21 academic year, 98% of high school senior participants enrolled in college and 88% of college student participants persisted through to the following academic year. Our commitment to our students is demonstrated by the growth of post-secondary students served by the program. In three years, the number of youth served ages 18 to 24 has expanded from 13 to 27 to 66 in 2021-2022. Scholarships have increased from $7,500 in June 2020 to a projected $36,150 for June 2022.

PUENTE Adult Education is providing a hybrid class schedule and adapting to the needs of its students to make sure they stay on track and attain their educational goals. PUENTE is currently conducting a targeted survey of adult students, instructors, and local stakeholders through a partnership with USC Sol Price School of Public Policy as we re-imagine Adult Education at PUENTE over the next five years to address the opportunities and gaps that currently exist in education and workforce development in Los Angeles County.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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PUENTE Learning Center

Board of directors
as of 04/04/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Chun Wong

Asolva, Inc

Term: 2020 - 2024

Chun Wong

Asolva, Inc.

Oscar A. Cabrales

American & Efird

Tyler M.P. Sutherland

Public Law Center

Jocelyn Rosenwald

Beach Front Properties, LLC

Lara Lightbody

Community Leader

Scott Williams

Ares Management Corporation

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/27/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/29/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.