Twelve Fundamental Principles

Development

 January

• Potential not problems

• Acceleration not remediation

• Liberation not pacification

Mentoring

March

• Each one teach one

• Be a Bridge of hope and empowerment to another

• Age neutral

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

Saftey

 July

• Anticipate/plan

• Promote precaution

• Create a culture secure for all

brate the presence of the sacred

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

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

Unity Through Diversity

February

• Honor our culture/traditions

• Diversity drives humanity’s progress

• Humanity is one

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

Mastery

 June

• Discipline

• Strive for holistic excellence

• Go beyond El Puente’s Twelve Fundamental Principles

 

Creativity

August

• Challenge the status quo

• Free the spirit/express the soul

• Imagine the unimagined

Love and 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

Peace and Justice

December

• Rise up for human rights

• Work for harmony

• Live with hope and celebrate the presence of the sacred