Initiatives & Programs
The goal of the IGNITE 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 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. 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. Currently, program partnerships have been established throughout the region and policy efforts are underway.
Interactive Mapping Tools: illustrate out of school programs through a point in time data set from fall 2016. The U.S. map includes youth population ages 7-18 by census track in the New Mexico and Texas counties of the Paso del Norte Health Foundation’s service region. The Mexico map includes youth population ages 6-17 by census track in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua. Links below:
IGNITE Essence Video: highlights the purpose of the IGNITE Initiative and the impact out of school programs can have on health outcomes for youth.
Program Lead: Bianca De León
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September 21, 2018
A few years ago, through the Smokefree Initiative of the Paso del Norte Health Foundation (Health Foundation), the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso (HACEP) took all subsidized public multi-unit housings (MUH) smoke-free. Public health students were trained to survey public housing residents and built a case…