Valley Initiative for Development & Advancement

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

~Nelson Mandela

​Current VIDA student Vyktoria

Olivares is a single mother working toward an associate's degree in respiratory therapy.

With VIDA's help, Vyktoria is breaking a family cycle by empowering  herself through education, now certain she will be the first in her family to graduate from college.  In the process, Vyktoria has become a positive role model for her young daughter.

VIDA is one of only NINE programs in the nation chosen for a rigorous PACE (Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education)  evaluation!

The results speak volumes! Scroll down to read more!


Impacting sustainable economic growth... VIDA at a time!

Read more and download the full report here!


VIDA is a Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity.

Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement (VIDA) helps low-income, unemployed and underemployed residents

of the  Rio Grande Valley get the education and training they need to secure  high-skilled, high-wage jobs.

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