Health Foundation awards more than $1.2 million in grants under Healthy Kids Initiative

April 22, 2023

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation recently awarded 12 grants totaling more than $1.2 million under the Healthy Kids Initiative. This Initiative works to improve a range of health outcomes by engaging disconnected youth and young adults 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 to “disconnected youth adults” as young people between the ages of 16-24 who are not in school and not working.

Boy Scouts of America Yucca Council - $148.691.40
Unidos Prosperamos
To serve 100 new disconnected youth, offer summer camp, and train adult volunteers through a Scouting Specialist-led program in El Paso, Hudspeth, Doña Ana County, Otero, and Luna Counties.

Boys & Girls Club of Las Cruces, Inc. - $93,785.80
More Teens, More Often
To provide out-of-school and summer programming for at least 100 new and 40 returning 11-17-year-old disconnected youth (DY) in Las Cruces, NM.

Boys & Girls Clubs of El Paso - $5,259.10
Boys & Girls Club Connect
To support a planning grant to expand programming for disconnected youth.

Centro de Asesoria y Promocion Juvenil, A.C. - $156,200.00
Espacios seguros, de desarrollo y crecimiento para jóvenes
To implement out-of-school programs in five centers for 800 disconnected youth ages 8-17 and to provide job training/ skill development for employability to 100 young adults ages 16 to 24 who are unemployed and not in school across Ciudad Juarez, MX.

Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico - $200,000.00
Kids Can Youth Entrepreneur Program: Dissemination and Expansion
To provide out-of-school and summer entrepreneur programming for at least 100 new disconnected youth (DY) ages 5-17 and retain at least 100 participants from 2022 in Doña Ana and Luna Counties, NM.

Creative Kids, Inc. - $157,492.50
Project ABLE (Art Brokers Learning Experiences)
To recruit 130 new disconnected youth (DY), ages 5-17, in Fabens, TX, and San Elizario, TX, for a year-round arts-based program and maintain the Artists in Residence volunteer model.

Desarrollo Juvenil del Norte, A.C. - $69,369.76
To provide out-of-school time and summer programming to 200 disconnected youth (DY), ages 8-17, through music, art, theater, dance, and sports-related activities in 3 centers located in marginalized areas of Ciudad Juarez, MX.

Friends of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Wilderness Inc. - $92,400.00
Moving Montañas
To provide out-of-school programming to 100 disconnected youth (DY) ages 5-17 through outdoor activities in Doña Ana County.

Organizacion Popular Independiente, A.C. - $165,269.62
NNA en Acción (Niñas, niños y adolescents en acción)
To provide out-of-school programming to 700 disconnected youth (DY), ages 5-17, through music, art, dance, and sports activities in the southwest and northeast of Ciudad Juarez, MX.

Salud y Desarrollo Comunitario de Cd. Juárez, A.C. - $55,330.00
Conectando con ValorArte 2023-2024 Nueva generación
To provide out-of-school and summer programming to 250 disconnected youth (DY), ages 6-17, in the western area of Ciudad Juarez, MX.

Salud y Desarrollo Comunitario de Cd. Juáreaz, A.C. - $97,625.00
FEMAP en conexión 2023-2024 Más conectados más sanos
To provide out-of-school and summer programming to 350 disconnected youth, ages 5-17, in the rural URBI Villa del Campo community in southeast Ciudad Juárez, MX.

Young Women’s Preparatory Network - $30,000
Girl Empowerment Camps & Clubs
To provide out-of-school time and camp programs for at least 150 disconnected young girls, ages 10-17, at the Young Women’s Leadership Academy in El Paso, TX.

For more information on these grants or the Healthy Kids Initiative, contact Sandra Day at or 915-218-2617.

PDNHF Priority Area: Healthy Living

To support efforts that promote positive behaviors to prevent disease including healthy eating, physical activity, smoking/vaping prevention, and positive opportunities for youth.

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