Nonprofit organizations receive support to engage disconnected youth

March 12, 2018

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation recently awarded eight grants totaling more than $1 million under the Healthy Kids Priority Area – IGNITE Initiative. The goal of the IGNITE initiative is to improve a range of health outcomes by engaging disconnected youth in the region in high quality programs during out of school hours. The Foundation refers to “disconnected youth” as people between the ages of 7-18 who are not involved in out of school activities or participating in the labor market. Funded organizations are:

Boys & Girls Club of Las Cruces - $78,490.50
More Teens, More Often
To reach 100 new, disconnected youth ages 11-17 through after school and summer programming in southern New Mexico.

Boys & Girls Club of El Paso – $106,000.00
Club Teen Connect
To identify and recruit 110 disconnected youth ages 13-18 into the Boys & Girls Club of El Paso - Teen Connect program in El Paso, TX.

Centro de Asesoria y Promocion Juvenil, A.C. - $207,500.00
Espacios de vinculación y desarrollo juvenil
To implement out of school workshops in five community centers for 500 new youth and retain 300 disconnected youth ages 8-18 years old in Ciudad Juárez, and also pilot test sustainability strategies in Ciudad Juárez, MX.

Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest – Southern New Mexico & West Texas, Inc. - $70,720.70
Troop Pathway Specialist License to Lead Pilot Program
To pilot test a self-paced, mentor-facilitated training for 100 new, adult volunteers in Doña Ana and Otero counties who will work to establish 25 new, self-sustaining troops.

The FEMAP Foundation - $48,484.99
Conectando con ValorArte
To pilot test the ValorArte program during afterschool hours for 100 disconnected youth ages 9-12 years old in Ciudad Juárez, MX.

United Way of El Paso County - $536,820.00
Healthy Kids Backbone Organization
To serve as the Backbone Organization for the Healthy Kids Priority Area and advance efforts in policy and advocacy, data management, capacity building, continuous communication, and Network development.

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