Puentes Hacia El Futuro is made up of youth ages 7 to 14. This group is about making each child feel important and cared for while looking toward the future and finding their place in both the Latino and U.S. communities. Community building builds trust within the group. Through activities, discussions, and self-driven activities youths are empowered to develop the group. The program provides a variety of activities every kid should have the opportunity to do such as: hiking at the Todd Nature Preserve, visiting the Carnegie museums, attending theatre performances, creating books and artwork, and celebrations of the Latino culture (Día de Los Muertos, for example). Through celebrations and cooking the group shares personal culture and builds.
During the school year, the program has an additional focus on academics. Homework help and academic support are offered during the program
Puentes Hacia El Futuro meets every Saturday to provide year-round programming. Puentes offers a space to build community, express culture, offer educational support, and provide mentorship.