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Phone: 972-871-8185
Dba Dcet/Believe in Yourself, Inc.
504 North O'Connor Rd.

Texas 75061

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Target demographics: under-served low and moderate-income immigrants in its majority Hispanic/Latino youth and their families

Direct beneficiaries per year: 587

Geographic areas served: Irving, Texas

Programs: Debes Creer En Ti (DCET), is the Spanish acronym and motto of our Community Learning Centers. Our students named our schools as: "LA ESCUELITA" (The Small School). In English our motto (DCET) translated into English means: "Believe in Yourself", a sense of belonging for all of us: Board of Directors, Staff, Volunteers, Students, and Literacy Partners. DCET was founded in 1998 to assist the fast-growing number of Hispanic/Latino families in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas as a nonprofit corporation organized under structure section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code, and operates under the guidance of a11-member Board of Directors and a 9-member Advisory Board. The Corporation is professionally managed by a staff of five people. DCET is dedicated to provide Educational, Mentoring and Cultural programs for the social and economic well-being of Hispanic youth and their families.


To provide Literary programs and other educational initiatives for immigrant, Hispanic/Latino youth and their families to improve the quality of their lives while enabling them to contribute economically and culturally to our diverse community while connecting families with the array of health, legal, human, and social services, and educational and cultural programs available in order for them to become productive members of society.


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The mother' s level of education is one of the most important factors influencing children's reading levels and other school achievements. The work that Debes Creer en Ti has done with undereducated parents is amazing. Education changes lives not only of the adults but also of their children. ... more »
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I have had the pleasure of knowing Elvia Wallace-Martinez for more than thirty years. During that time I can attest to her outstanding commitment to the community and her many contributions. Her vision for Debes Creer en Ti (DCET) blossomed from a concept into a major community service organization... more »
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