Our History & Values

Vida Verde was founded in 2001 by two former Teach for America classroom teachers who saw a pressing need for disadvantaged youth to have educational experiences outside of the classroom. Their vision led to the formation of Vida Verde, and that innovative vision has been carefully developed into a highly effective and acclaimed educational program. Now in its 15th year of operation, Vida Verde has provided programs for over 9,000 Bay Area low-income students and their teachers.

Shawn Sears, 1999

Laura Dickerson, 1999

Early Vida Verde classes

Our Values

Vida Verde is a mission- and values-driven organization. We make every decision with the kids' benefit, the environment, and our mission and values as our guide. We capitalize on strengths, do the work that suits us best, and consult with experts when needed. We strategically plan for the short and long term to ensure sustainability, and we use resources creatively.

1. Mission Driven

We are passionately dedicated to meeting the powerful mission. We make every decision with the kids' benefit, the environment, and the mission as our guide.

2. Excellence

We hold ourselves to a very high standard: from program quality to outward image to communication and everything in between. We are detail oriented and thorough.
 

3. Smart Organization

Vida Verde is organized and efficient. We capitalize on strengths, do the work that suits us best, and consult with experts when needed. We strategically plan for the short and long term to ensure sustainability.
 

4. Relationships & Community

Vida Verde is a small organization that is accessible and creates long-lasting relationships with its staff, supporters, students, and teachers.
 

5. "Make it Happen"

lf we value it, we go for it, despite obstacles. We don't hesitate to go above and beyond. We use resources creatively.
 

6. Trailblazing

Vida Verde is innovative, entrepreneurial, fun, and exciting. lt's a crossroads where urban culture meets the rural and natural environment.
 

7. Positivity begets positivity!  

We work together with each other and the greater community, focusing on the great, in order to create more great.