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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Awarded Grants

Project Title Organization Grant Amount
Texas Opportunity Youth Network Innovation Fund Aspen Institute-Forum for Community Solutions $264,000.00
Unidos Prosperamos Boy Scouts of America Yucca Council $148,608.90
Total Teen Takeover (formerly More Teens, More Often) Boys & Girls Club of Las Cruces, Inc. $101,734.40
Espacios de desarrollo infantil y juvenil Centro de Asesoria y Promocion Juvenil, A.C. $162,800.00
ACE Healthy Kids Clint Independent School District $58,300.00
Kids Can Youth Entrepreneur Program 2024: Luna and Otero County Expansion Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico $195,599.80
Kids Can Youth Entrepreneur Program: Dissemination and Expansion Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico $200,000.00
Project ABLE (Art Brokers Learning Experiences) Creative Kids, Inc. $210,897.50
Rodis Jr. Espacio Interactivo La Rodadora, A.C. $91,889.83
Moving Montañas Friends of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Wilderness Inc. $93,181.50
Kickstart Kids El Paso OST Programs Kickstart Kids (Kick Drugs Out of America Foundation) $33,000.00
NNA & adultos jóvenes en acción Organizacion Popular Independiente, A.C. $165,412.69
Improve the Regional Response to Commercially Sexually Exploited Youth. Paso del Norte Center of Hope $52,864.31
Project Vida After-School Enrichment and Youth Development Project Vida $100,000.00
Creando más espacios seguros para niñas, niños y adolescentes. Salud y Desarrollo Comunitario de Cd. Juarez, A.C. $99,041.80
Conectando con ValorArte, Creativa Salud y Desarrollo Comunitario de Cd. Juarez, A.C. $79,002.00
La Nube: Blue Sky Lab The EPC Museum/ La Nube $500,000.00
Healthy Kids Program The EPC Museum/ La Nube $500,000.00
El Paso Opportunity Youth Action Network The University of Texas at El Paso $100,000.00
Healthy Kids Backbone Organization 2022-2024 United Way of El Paso County $486,057.97
Y-Pathways: Shaping Youth for Tomorrow YMCA of Greater El Paso, TX & Rio Grande Valley $117,866.78

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