Our mission is to empower the Hispanic/Latino communities in Central Arkansas to use education and information to improve their socio-economic position and create lasting generational change.
We break the cycle of poverty by improving access to resources, education, and information allowing people to make timely, informed decisions that have a positive effect on their lives.
Seis Puentes is a project of Butterfly Community, a registered 501(c)3 organization. Butterfly Community began in 2001 with the help of several North Little Rock officials, including former Mayor Patrick Hays, as a response to gang violence.
The Pulaski County Council for Children and Youth Services (PCCCYS) started a series of after school sites to serve as safe havens for youth and children at risk of becoming involved with gangs, violence, crime, and substance abuse.
Butterfly Community supported two Our Club sites in North Little Rock operated by Leifel Jackson, reformed leader of the original Gangster Crips who now nurtures and mentors at-risk children. The first club was in the old Argenta train station in the Sherman Park community, and the second in the Silver City Courts Housing Project. The clubs ministered to grade, middle, and high school students in the afternoons by providing nutritious meals and snacks, tutoring, school supplies, and school uniforms.
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.
In February of 2012, Butterfly Community formally launched its new project, Seis Puentes Hispanic Outreach, and opened the Seis Puentes Education and Resource Center in Levy on Camp Robinson Road. The Center is fully equipped with computer work stations, printers, and projection equipment for classes, seminars, and workshops.
The Seis Puentes Education and Resource Center in partnership with various strategic partners offers Adult Education classes including GED, WAGE, ESL, basic computer skills, job training, and distance learning. Our Hispanic outreach includes informational seminars, a youth dance program for students 2-18 years of age, art workshops, and cultural enrichment opportunities.