PUENTE bridges language, cultures for children, youth and adults from East Los Angeles and its neighboring communities who seek the educational resources needed to succeed in school, acquire economic stability, and broaden their options for a better future.

Our building is named after Richard J. Riordan who purchased the property where PUENTE is now located.

A successful capital campaign made possible the construction of PUENTE’s 40,000 square-foot facility in Boyle Heights, named for Mayor Richard J. Riordan, which was dedicated at a ceremony on October 27, 1995. The interest and response from the surrounding community were tremendous, drawing in over 1,800 students that academic year. The stunning new technologically-sophisticated facility, designed by Stephen Woolley & Associates, Architects, has garnered numerous architectural awards in addition to the praise of a grateful student body and neighborhood.