Summer Program Options Available for Children and Youth

April 16, 2024

The BOOST Network has launched the 2024 “Spring Into Summer” campaign. The campaign is designed to support parents and caregivers in the community by promoting enrollment in quality summer programs offered by the region’s out-of-school time (OST) providers and highlighting the importance of these programs for the overall health development of children and youth.

Individuals are encouraged to visit the interactive “Summer Program Guide” on the BOOST Network website ( The guide includes a comprehensive list of summer programs in the Paso del Norte region (El Paso, southern New Mexico, and Ciudad Juárez). Users can filter their search by age range and location, type of activity, registration deadlines, duration of camps, and how to enroll, among other information.

Research shows that youth who participate in quality OST programs are more likely to stay in school, stay out of trouble, engage in fewer behaviors, and increase children and youth’s ability to make better life choices. OST programs also support the healthier development of youth’s mental, social, emotional, and physical health.

The BOOST Network is a hub for out-of-school time 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, Mexico.

The BOOST Network is managed by the United Way of El Paso County and funded by the Health Foundation under the Healthy Kids Initiative. This initiative focuses on improving a range of health outcomes for disconnected youth in the Paso del Norte region through high-quality programs during out-of-school hours.

To learn more about summer youth programs or for more information on the BOOST Network, visit

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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