MERCEDES, Texas – The Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement (VIDA) has secured a grant from The Meadows Foundation to continue enhancing employment opportunities and promoting workforce development among Latinas in the RGV. 

Felida Villarreal, VIDA’s President and CEO, said the grant will allow VIDA to continue with the successful outcomes and deliverables the program has been serving.

Villarreal said an additional 250 Latinas will be provided student support services to pursue degrees and credentials in high demand occupations. 

She said VIDA is grateful to The Meadows Foundation for recognizing the value education provides in building and sustaining a competitive workforce in the community.

“We are immensely thankful to The Meadows Foundation, for selecting VIDA as one of its grant recipients for this innovative workforce development initiative, benefiting Latinas in our community. It is our continued priority to maximize human capital and promote economic mobility through education among our underserved demographic, especially Latinas,” Villarreal said.

‘With The Meadows Foundation grant, VIDA will persist in aligning relevant workforce training opportunities with industry demand and supporting gender equality in the RGV’s workforce.” 

About Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement

For over 27 years, VIDA has helped more than 6,000 economically disadvantaged Valley residents successfully complete career training programs in target demand occupations and achieve self-sufficiency. Last year, VIDA served 534 participants with an average persistence rate of 94% and an average annual salary upon graduation of over $48,000. The group says This is a true representation of human capital investment and aligning workforce skills with local industry demand.

Editor’s Note: To learn more about VIDA, visit or call (956) 903-1900.

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