The BOOST Network provides out-of-school time programs for youth in our communities

March 29, 2023

Out-of-school time (OST) programs provide safe, structured spaces with trusting adults for youth to learn, play, and connect with their peers while school is not in session. Evidence shows that OST programs reduce health disparities, improve personal and social skills, foster healthier lifestyles, support student academic achievement, and reduce incidents of delinquency and risky behaviors. The BOOST Network is a hub for out-of-school time (OST) providers that work together to identify, explore, and create opportunities that increase the quality and effectiveness of their programs for youth in west Texas, southern New Mexico, and Ciudad Juárez, Chih. Learn more about the BOOST Network and out-of-school programs in your community, visit

The BOOST Network is a partnership between the Paso del Norte Health Foundation and United Way of El Paso County.

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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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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