MCALLEN, TX–With gloves, orange vest and t-shirts, 53 VIDA participants, family and friends, collected dozens of bags of trash this past Saturday (April 30) at the Keep McAllen Beautiful Trash Off.
“I really enjoyed getting out and cleaning up the city. I was able to help clean up McAllen, where I live, and spend time with my daughter as we picked up trash,” said VIDA participant Laura Aguayo, a student at STC pursing an Associate’s Degree in Nursing Program.
McAllen has been one of VIDA’s strongest supporters since its inception in 1995. The leadership of this city has been unwavering in its commitment to education in training and its effect on quality of life, breaking the cycle of poverty, and ultimately, as a solid investment in economic development in the region.
VIDA participants are required to commit. Commit to going to school full time. Commit to making the grade, attendance, and participation in the weekly counseling sessions with VIDA Career Counselors – Case Managers. And to commit to community service.
“Recognizing that we are all part of the economic cycle of our community is as much a part of our education as the classroom instruction”, commented Edward Cardenas, a VIDA Alumni from STC with an Associate’s Degree in Computer Networking, currently an active UTPA student pursuing his Bachelors in Computer Programming. “Our individual success is the community’s success. We have better jobs, buy homes, cars, patronize restaurants and we must give back to our community. It is great to be able to show our appreciation with events like Keep McAllen Beautiful”.
“This project gave me a chance to give back to the community and meet VIDA participants in different programs. I’m tired, but I had plenty of fun” said VIDA participant, Adolfo Galvan, a student pursuing a certificate in Heat Ventilation and Cooling at STC.
VIDA is a community based non-profit 501 (c) (3) agency. Created in 1995, VIDA was the result of a local effort led by community leaders of Valley Interfaith and a strong cross section of business leaders. The impetus was the need to empower the underserved residents of the Region with the tools – education and training – to become self sufficient and in tandem, fuel the growth of the existing employers and increase the recruitment of new investment to the area by developing a highly skilled workforce.
For more information about VIDA, call 1(800) 478-1770 or visit our website at www.vidacareers.org