Northern California 2021 Cohort
Puente de la Costa Sur
Executive Director: Rita Mancera
Co-Investor: Sobrato Family Foundation
As the region’s only community resource center, Puente de la Costa Sur (Puente) supports local leaders and works together with its neighbors to create solutions for the diverse South Coast communities.
Puente’s goal is to foster economic prosperity and security, and to promote individual and community health and wellness. Its programs includes youth leadership, academic support, employment and enrichment for youth ages 14 to 21.
"Our organization has been able to serve youth in a very individualistic way – whatever they need, Puente provides. Now, with PropelNext, we are thinking about the specific services they need. We want to see the areas that are most effective and determine what is best to keep." - Rita Mancera, Executive Director
With the help of PropelNext, Puente is becoming a continuous learning organization that is better able to articulate its program goals and make connections to desired outcomes. In its work with PropelNext, Puente is focusing on its youth programming, which has been in existence for 13 years and encompasses three program components: 1) academic support, 2) enrichment activities, and 3) paid internships.
Learn more about Puente and the organization's participation in PropelNext.