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El Puente Twelve Fundamental Principles

The 12 Fundamental Principles (organized as our principles of the month), were created based on El Puente’s Mission: "To inspire and nurture leaders for peace and justice."

 
DEVELOPMENT (January)
• Potential not problems
• Acceleration not remediation
• Liberation not pacification
 
UNITY THROUGH DIVERSITY (February)
• Honor our culture/traditions
• Diversity drives humanity’s progress
• Humanity is one                                 
 
MENTORING (March)
• Each one teach one
• Be a Bridge of hope and empowerment to another 
• Age neutral
 
RESPECT (April)
• Always be mindful to others
• Revere all life, the earth and the spirit of the universe
• Honor the human dignity of each person
 
HOLISM (May)
• Balance and unify body/mind and spirit in community
• Engage the whole individual as part of a whole community and culture
• Integrate, never segregate, toward greater interconnectedness
 
MASTERY (June)
• Discipline
• Strive for holistic excellence
• Go beyond El Puente’s Twelve Fundamental Principles
 
SAFETY (July)
• Anticipate/plan
• Promote precaution
• Create a culture secure for all
 
CREATIVITY (August)
• Challenge the status quo
• Free the spirit/express the soul
• Imagine the unimagined
 
CREATING COMMUNITY (September)
• Build bridges of personal relationships wherever you are
• Commit personal growth to the progress of humanity
• Build a bridge to all who struggle for the cause of humanity
 
LOVE & CARING (October)
• Challenge and support others to rise to their highest potential
• Give freely of yourself in the service of the people
• Share and sacrifice for the good of others
 
COLLECTIVE SELF-HELP (November)
• Rely first and last on the social and economic resources of the community
• Bolster mutual support/stop “creeping clinicalization” and provider ideology
• Drive all initiative from the perspective and interest of our community
 
PEACE & JUSTICE (December)
• Rise up for human rights
• Work for harmony
• Live with hope and celebrate the presence of the sacred