A safe and healthy environment for children in Ciudad Juárez

June 20, 2022

For more than 30 years, Organización Popular Independiente, A.C. (OPI) has offered families in Ciudad Juárez a safe environment for children to engage in healthy programs and activities.

With more than 600 participants, ages 5 to 17 in the western area of Ciudad Juárez, MX, OPI’s Niñas, Niños y Jóvenes en Acción program provides out-of-school and summer activities that encourage a healthy future by promoting good decision-making, healthy friendships, academics, and emotional resilience. The Paso del Norte Health Foundation has partnered with OPI over the past eight-years through the Health Foundation’s Healthy Kids Initiative. “OPI is a community-based organization in Ciudad Juárez that has dedicated their work in developing programs that improve health outcomes by engaging disconnected youth in quality out-of-school programs,” said Sandra Day, associate program office, Paso del Norte Health Foundation. In early August, OPI will celebrate their thirtieth Summer in Action camp. Participants will receive healthy meals and snacks and enjoy fun and engaging activities. The camp will be free of charge to assist families that do not have the resources for their children to attend extracurricular activities during the summer break and school year. For more information on OPI or the Healthy Kids Initiative, contact Sandra Day at or 915-218-2617.

PDNHF Initiative: Healthy Kids

The goal of the Healthy Kids Initiative is to improve a range of health outcomes by engaging disconnected youth in the Paso del Norte region in high quality programs during out-of-school hours. The Health Foundation refers to “disconnected youth” as people between the ages of 5-17 who are not involved in out-of-school activities or not working, and “disconnected young adults” as people between the ages of 16-24 who are not in school and not working. Evidence indicates that youth who are involved in out-of-school programs are less likely to use drugs, alcohol, or be involved in criminal activity. Well-designed youth activities increase protective factors needed for youth to lead healthy and productive lives.

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Foundation Staff: Sandra Day

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