World Visionus Programs

Building a better world for children

U.S. Programs Reports

Read the latest outcome reports about our work in the U.S.

Teacher Resource Center

World Vision’s Teacher Resource Center (TRC) program provides new school supplies, backpacks, clothing, and other classroom resources to students in schools across the United States with 70 percent or higher poverty rates. For the most part, teachers and other school staff come to a World Vision warehouse facility or mobile TRC and “shop,” free of charge, for the products most useful to their students and classrooms. Occasionally, special events are held and product is distributed at the school.

The FY13 TRC teacher survey was undertaken in response to requests from World Vision U.S. programs staff for information that could be used with current and future supporters to illustrate the impact of the TRC on children, teachers, and classrooms across America.

Youth Empowerment Program

Poverty and its related problems produce a sense of hopelessness among young people in poor communities across America. Teenagers are often dismissed as part of the problem and rarely valued as part of the solution, especially in our most vulnerable areas. Young people who feel helpless, isolated, and unconnected to school, work, and other basic social structures are far less likely to make a successful transition to productive lives as adults. The Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) equips young people to become agents of change, capable of creating positive futures for themselves, their families, and their communities.

Unlike many student leadership development projects, World Vision’s program engages young people from high-risk neighborhoods. Find out how the YEP is impacting the lives of at-risk youth and even inspiring their leaders to change policies in Washington, D.C. 

U.S. Mission Trips

World Vision’s U.S. mission trips provide a unique opportunity for our partners and supporters to join in our work and experience firsthand the realities of poverty in the United States. Mission trip participants work mainly on building projects and in children outreach programs.

The mission trips are created to:

  • Positively impact the well-being of children and youth through improved community structures and housing;
  • Increase meaningful opportunities for adults, youth, and children to serve others;
  • Provide a safe and impactful experience for mission participants; and
  • Encourage participants to become more active in addressing poverty in their own communities.