Address: 1127 S. 35th St.
Transportation: Take the #23 or BLU bus from Wisconsin Ave. & 10th St. Ride about 20 minutes until you arrive at National Ave. & 35th St. Get off at this stop and walk about one half block South the school.
Approximate Travel Time by Car: 10 minutes
Approximate Travel Time by Bus: 25-30 minutes
Orientation: Individual orientation, call to schedule after Sign-Up Night.
Days/Hours of Operation: Monday-Thursday 8:30am-11:30am and 12:00pm-3:20pm
Description of Agency/Activities: Founded in 1996, El Puente serves at-risk students who are in danger of failing their classes. Its mission is to provide a small, safe, and nurturing learning environment where students focus on becoming active members of society. The term "el puente" means "the bridge" and this school aims to bridge their curriculum of a solid academic education grounded in the sciences with other subjects to allow students the most opportunities possible when they graduate. The student population is 14-20 years of age, and is 50% Hispanic.
Student Role in Agency: Students will work in several classrooms at El Puente. While they will often be assigned a specific student, they also will be in a classroom environment where several students will need occasional help. Service Learners will need to be able to take initiative in asking students if they need their help. Bilingual skills are helpful, but not required.
Commitment: Orientation at the site, plus 2 hours per week throughout the semester.