Paso del Norte Health Foundation awards new grants to engage disconnected youth

Officials with the Paso del Norte Health Foundation announced Monday awards of 10 grants totaling more than $870,000 under the Healthy Kids Priority Area – IGNITE Initiative.

“The goal of the IGNITE Initiative is to improve a range of health outcomes by engaging disconnected youth in the region in high quality programs during out-of school hours,” officials shared.

The Health Foundation refers to “disconnected youth” as people between the ages of 7-18 who are not involved in out-of-school activities or not working.

Funded organizations are:

Alianza para Colaboraciones Fronterizas A.C. – $59,428.09
Ochéra Entrenando con Valores/Ochéra Training with Values
To pilot an afterschool and summer sports program for 100 disconnected youth in the Colonia Tarahumara
and the surrounding areas in Ciudad Juárez, Chih., MX.

Border Partners – $12,144.00
Programa de Arte de Verano para Jóvenes en Palomas/Palomas Youth Summer Art Program
To offer a summer art program for 100 disconnected youth, ages 8-17, in Puerto Palomas, Chih., MX.

Boy Scouts of America Yucca Council – $124,080.00
Unidos Prosperamos
To bring the Scouting program to 100 new disconnected boys and girls in rural communities of Doña Ana
and El Paso Counties.

Boys & Girls Club of Las Cruces – $94,165.50
More Teens, More Often
To strategically increase Club participation and membership of 11-17-year-old disconnected youth through
afterschool and summer programs in Las Cruces, NM.

Centro de Asesoria y Promocion Juvenil, A.C. – $168,300.00
Espacios de vinculación y desarrollo juvenil/Safe spaces and youth development
To implement an afterschool and summer programs in five community centers for 400 new disconnected
youth and retain 400 youth ages 10-17 years old in Ciudad Juárez, Chih., MX.

Creative Kids, Inc. – $61,847.50
Project ABLE (Art Brokers Learning Experiences)
To connect disconnected youth in Fabens, Texas through a year-round arts-based program and maintain the
Artists in Residence model.

Organización Popular Independiente, A.C. – $136,850.05
Cultura, arte y deporte: Jóvenes en acción/Culture, art and sport: Young people in action
To provide out-of-school programming to 600 disconnected youth, ages 5-17, in 10 communities throughout
southwest Ciudad Juárez, Chih., MX.

Patronato del Museo del Niño de Ciudad Juárez, A.C. – $76,606.54
Rodis Junior
To enhance the life skills of 100 disconnected youth, ages of 15 and 17, through an out-of-school program
where they serve as museum guides at La Rodadora Children’s Museum in Ciudad Juárez, Chih., MX.

Salud y Desarrollo Comunitario de Ciudad Juárez, A.C. – $48,166.00
Conectanto con ValorArte 2019-2020/Connecting with ValorArte 2019-2020
To improve opportunities for at least 155 youth, ages 6-17, to be connected to a before-school and summer
dance program in Ciudad Juárez, Chih., MX.

Salud y Desarrollo Comunitario de Ciudad Juárez, A.C. – $92,823.50
FEMAP en Conexión 2019-2020/FEMAP in Connection 2019-2020
To continue the afterschool and summer programs for 350 disconnected youth in the rural URBI Villa del
Campo community in far east Ciudad Juárez, Chih., MX.