The creation of El Puente de Encuentros was motivated by my years of experience working in the behavioral/mental health field with New Mexico’s underserved populations. That span included working for New Mexico’s Children Youth and Families Department, working for a non-profit mental health organization specializing in trauma, and, in private practice, as an independent contractor and consultant to public entities. The experience that prompted the founding of El Puente came while offering outpatient therapy in Albuquerque’s public school system. While the schools primarily served students of color, administration, teachers and clinical support were predominantly Caucasian. Clearly, bridging this divide, both culturally and linguistically, was key to achieving effective clinical interventions. With the help and support of many people, it was Jorge García, Senior Program Manager at the University of New Mexico’s El Centro de La Raza, who inspired me to take action. The many professionals who joined in planning and implementing programs have been a blessing. El Puente owes its existence to the selfless work of so many who share the desire to be agents of change.