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El Puente (The Bridge)

El Puente is a gang prevention and intervention program that provides services for Spanish and English speaking youth ages 6 - 18 and their families. The program delivers intervention services and strategies in a comprehensive manner by providing intensive in-home mental health services and outreach including assessment, treatment planning, individual and family therapy, psycho-educational parenting groups, referrals and coordinated service delivery.

Accepted to the Portfolio: August 2017

Target Outcomes

Short Term Outcomes

  • Decrease in peer based delinquency and conduct problems
  • Reduced substance use/abuse
  • Improved family functions and communication

Long Term Outcomes

  • Decrease negative interaction with the criminal justice system
  • Mitigate negative peer influences, substance abuse and youth violence
  • Decrease negative impact on local schools
  • Improve school connectedness
  • Increase high school graduation rate

Target Population


  • Transitional Age Youth (16 - 24)
  • Families with Children (K -12th)

Service Area


  • Southeast (District 1)
  • Southwest (District 2)
  • Central (District 3)
  • Northeast (District 4)
  • Northwest (District 5)