BOOST Network Kids’ Night Out at UTEP football game

August 24, 2022

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation in partnership with United Way of El Paso County and Raiz Federal Credit Union is pleased to support the BOOST Network’s first Kids’ Night Out.

Kids’ Night Out is the first event of its kind to bring 1,500 children and youth that participate in the BOOST Network members’ out-of-school time (OST) program to attend UTEP’s football home opening game on Saturday, August 27 at UTEP’s Sun Bowl. Participants will receive a unique experience and create fond memories that will last a lifetime not only enjoying a fun night out but being exposed to experiences that could foster and spark their interest in higher education.

“Healthy Kids is all about advancing opportunities to reengage disconnected children and youth. It is exciting to provide this opportunity to 1,500 children in our region that might be experiencing not only their first UTEP football game but may be stepping on campus for the first time,” said Sandra Day, Associate Program Officer, Paso del Norte Health Foundation. “We are grateful to all the participating organizations for their dedication to increasing youth connection in our Paso del Norte region. Let’s have fun and Goooooo Miners!”

Twenty-four organizations are participating in the event. Each child will receive a ticket to the game, a t-shirt, and a voucher for a drink and snack at the concessions.

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.

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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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