The mission of Seis Puentes is to empower and support the Latino/Hispanic community of Central Arkansas through education and information. Our name, Seis Puentes or Six Bridges, refers to the bridges over the Arkansas River connecting our twin cities and symbolizes our work to create connections and opportunities between latino/hispanic communities and general life in Arkansas.
Seis Puentes is a project of Butterfly Community. Butterfly Community began in 2001 with the help of several North Little Rock officials, including Mayor Patrick Hays, as a response to gang violence and supported the Our Club program in the old Argenta train station in the Sherman Park community of North Little Rock. Our Club sites, started by the Pulaski County Council for Children and Youth Services (PCCCYS), serve as havens for youth and children at risk of becoming involved in gangs, violence, crime and substance abuse. The Sherman Park Our Club and a second Our Club in Silver City Courts Housing Project were supported in large part by Butterfly. Both clubs minister to grade, middle and high school students in the afternoons by providing nutritional meals and snacks, tutoring, school supplies and uniforms. The two Clubs are operated by Leifel Jackson, reformed leader of the original Gangster Crips, who now nurtures and mentors at-risk children.
In 2009, Mayor Patrick Hays again approached Butterfly Community to support programs within North Little Rock’s growing Hispanic population. In response, Butterfly began A Volar (Take Flight), an empowerment dance program for young girls ages 5 to 16. Butterfly also organized the PROM program to redistribute beautiful formal wear to hundreds of prom-hopeful girls. Butterfly continues these programs and more under our new name, Seis Puentes! In February of 2012, Seis Puentes opened Seis Puentes Community and Resource Center on Camp Robinson Road. Working with several local organizations, Seis Puentes offers English classes, informational health/legal seminars, and youth empowerment programs.