Paso del Norte Health Foundation announces $347k in grants for area youth

Monday morning, officials with the Paso del Norte Health Foundation announced that their organization had awarded four grants totaling more than $347,000 under the Healthy Kids priority area.

The aim of the grants, officials share is to “improve a range of health outcomes by engaging disconnected youth in the region for 2021.”

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.

“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,” PdNHF officials added.

Funded organizations are:

Boys & Girls Club of Las Cruces, Inc. – $85,053.60 – More Teens, More Often
To strategically increase participation and membership of 11-17-year-old disconnected youth in the More Teens, More Often Initiative through afterschool and summer programs in Las Cruces, NM.

City of Socorro – $54,962.43 – Socorro Youth In Culture Program
To implement an after-school and summer art program for 100 disconnected youth ages 5-17 living in Socorro, TX.

Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico – $126,404.30 – Kids Can Youth Entrepreneur Program
To continue the Kids Can program for at least 100 disconnected youth ages 5-17 in Anthony, Hatch, and Las Cruces, NM.

Salud y Desarrollo Comunitario de Cd. Juárez, A.C. – $80,810.40 – Femap en Conexión
To continue the afterschool and summer programs for 350 disconnected youth in the rural URBI Villa del Campo community in far east Ciudad Juárez.

For more information on these grants, call Bianca De León, Program Officer at 915-218-2623 or [email protected].