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Learn How Your Support Assists BOOST Network's Sustainability to Empower Future Generations

Updated: Jun 13

Your contributions to United Way help sustain programs like the BOOST Network. Partnering with the Paso del Norte Health Foundation, BOOST assists out-of-school time (OST) providers by serving as a hub to network with OST providers and connect OST programs to resources across the El Paso, Ciudad Juarez, and Las Cruces regions.  

Miriam Marquez, the Family Engagement Specialist for Clint ISD, was driving to work in Summer of 2023. While on her commute, an interview about BOOST on the radio caught her attention. She learned how BOOST helps after-school programs by connecting OST providers to resources and tools to help grow their programs. Miriam was interested and looked up BOOST online to reach out.  

Becoming a member in June 2023, BOOST worked right away to help Clint ISD connect to resources that would help grow their current afterschool programs and provide a network where other members could aid each other. Clint ISD worked hard to make use of the opportunities BOOST connected them to, leveraging the resources, funding opportunities, and channels provided to help their after-school program reach its full potential. 

“I am a strong believer that networking is a key to success. When you are creating any project, any network that you can access can be amazing.” -Miriam Marquez 

Also, BOOST was able to connect Clint ISD with one of their partners, Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Paso, to organize mental health training for the district's staff. They were able to get their staff certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid for no cost at all, learning how to support students' mental health and strengthen their outreach with many more students. 

In April 2024, BOOST connected Clint ISD to the Healthy Kids grant funded by the Paso del Norte Foundation that will assist in expanding their upcoming summer programs. One of their first programs will include a partnership with UTEP. This event will allow students to gain hands-on experience and learn alongside UTEP students and staff to educate about each university department. This funding will be able to provide a large variety of fun and educational opportunities for their students later this Summer.  

“It touches our heart when we see that their eyes open up so much with what we can offer, and we could not have done it without the assistance of the BOOST Network” says Miriam. 

BOOST Network has expanded its reach, increasing to 82 total members. They have also deepened their impact across the El Paso, Las Cruces, and Ciudad Juárez region, collectively reaching over 30,000 children and youth.  

Your donation to our United Way is an investment in the future of our community. Together, we can ensure programs like BOOST can continue to support OST programs and allow our future generations to succeed.  


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