Youth Development

VIDES USA

VIDES in Me Amor Dei? Do you see in me God's love?

aka VIDES Volunteers International for Development Education & Solidarity

San Antonio, TX

Mission

VIDES+USA is a Catholic volunteer missioner organization dedicated to education and development especially for youth and women in situations of poverty and marginalization both in the United States and worldwide.
VIDES+USA accompanies those they serve to create for themselves a better quality of life and to break the vicious cycle of poverty, which surrounds them, as they grow in faith.
VIDES+USA provides service opportunities that build leadership skills, emphasize the value of respect of the human person, strive for social justice, and incorporate Christian spirituality into everyday living.
VIDES+USA strives to build sustainable communities and form a union based on mutual respect knowing that God created each one of us with a gratuitous and overflowing love.

Ruling Year

1946

Principal Officer

S MaryGloria Mar FMA

Main Address

6019 Buena Vista Street

San Antonio, TX 78237 USA

Formerly Known As

VIDES West USA

VIDES USA - Volunteers International for Development Education and Service

VIDES USA YW - Volunteers International for Development Education and Service-Youth & Women

VIDES+USA Volunteers International for Development Education & Solidarity

Keywords

education, volunteers, youth, women, faith-based, Christ Centered, Catholic, Salesian

EIN

74-2891744

 Number

4197195637

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Religious Leadership, Youth Development (O55)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Roman Catholic (X22)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a church.

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

VIDES seeks to alleviate poverty, marginalization, and the migration crisis on multiple fronts starting at the roots in Latin America and other disaster-stricken countries. We reach out to accompany especially vulnerable minors and families to help themselves to break the cycle of poverty in which they find themselves.

Our programs

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VIDES Education and Development

Youth and Women Migrant Prevention Project

Where we work

Charting Impact

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

VIDES aim is to uplift youth and women, especially the marginalized and under-served through development, education, and solidarity. We work to equip them to rise above their impoverishment to help themselves and others to break their cycle of poverty, all the while accompanying them along their journey of personal growth and holiness. Preparing volunteer missioners is a vital aspect of our ministry of bringing hope and producing positive contributors to society. Our volunteer missioners serve alongside the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) in our domestic and international missions.

VIDES approach with and through the mission sites of FMAs and young adult volunteer missioners, is one of prevention and education. Beyond providing food, shelter, and basic needs, projects keep the vulnerable from falling prey to the gangs or following the trend of leaving their country in search for a place to make a living, through teaching them life skills that promote honest and responsible citizens. Considerations in the preparation of young adult missioners include the suitability of the potential volunteers for VIDES and their intent as to where they will serve in mission and in what capacity, the needs of the mission site and ministries already in place there. The application process and formation period achieve a double aim: to prepare the volunteer for mission and the experience initiates/continues a life of service beyond their time in mission.

The Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMAs), the largest order of women in the Catholic Church, serve in 94 countries internationally. Therefore, a volunteer missioner has many choices when determining a location for service. Ministries center mainly on the promotion of women and the education of youth. This assumes different forms from country to country including, but not limited to schools, youth centers, orphanages, clinics.
Whatever educational preparation and talents, potential volunteers have, can be put to good use. Regarding the mission site, works may vary according to its current reality such as natural disasters and the political climate.

VIDES relies on local reporting of the number of youth served and the evaluation of activities to assess the overall effectiveness of local programs. Youth receiving services have significant changes in their lives—many moving from living in poverty conditions or on the streets into being productive and responsible citizens. Graduation rates of students and those finding livable wage employments are considered.

Hundreds of youth have received services in more than 1300 mission sites run by the FMA in schools and youth centers around the globe. Youth in more than 94 countries are decreasing their risks, breaking the cycle of poverty, and becoming contributing members of local communities.
Since establishing relationships is a major component of the VIDES approach to ministry, the good accomplished by the FMAs and volunteer missioners is also gauged by the response of the recipients especially when the time comes for the volunteers to depart the mission site. They acknowledge the tremendous good achieved.
Poverty, disease, natural disasters, limited access to education and development affecting poor youth and their families remain a priority and while the FMA together with VIDES volunteer missioners have made significant accomplishments, the need persists. We will continue to provide customized service to meet the needs of the youth and communities we serve.

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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