BOOST Network celebrated two nights of fun for youth in our community

October 13, 2023

BOOST kicked off its second Annual Kids Night Out at the 100th Battle of I-10 between UTEP vs. NMSU football game, followed by a soccer match between the FC Juárez Bravos vs. Pachuca.

1,500 children and youth participating in Out-of-School Time (OST) programs in El Paso gathered in UTEP’s Sun Bowl Stadium for a fun night of football on Wednesday, October 18, 2023.

On Friday, October 20, 2023, more than 1,500 children from Cd. Juárez enjoyed the FC Juárez Bravos vs. Pachuca soccer match at the Estadio Olimpico Benito Juárez.

These events weren’t just about fun (although there was plenty of that)! The kids received a unique experience and created fond memories that will last a lifetime, igniting their passion for higher education.

The BOOST Network is a hub for all out-of-school time (OST) providers that work together to identify, explore, and create opportunities that increase the quality and effectiveness of afterschool programs for youth and families in the communities of west Texas, southern New Mexico, and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua Mexico. The BOOST Network is supported by the Health Foundation’s Healthy Kids Initiative.

For more information or to participate in future events, reach out to BOOST at

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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