Based on economic output, every $1 invested in the Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement returns $14.74 in benefits to the communities served, according to an economic impact study prepared for the organization by the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.
VIDA is a community-based 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to helping unemployed, under-employed and low-income individuals and their families escape the cycle of poverty and achieve self sufficiency in the Rio Grande Valley through education and training for higher-skill, higher-wage jobs. VIDA was created in 1995 through local efforts led by Valley Interfaith in partnership with local businesses.
Originally designed to be a two-year demonstration project, VIDA is in its 25th year of operation. Through its educational partners VIDA helps residents to graduate from one- and two-year certificate and associate degree programs or to complete the last two years of a bachelor’s degree and secure employment in demand occupations.