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Causes: Adult Education, Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Cultural & Ethnic Awareness, Education, Unknown, Youth Development - Citizenship

Mission:

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.

Results: DCET has recently been awarded with the MIGUEL HIDALGO awards for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts and Education. This was presented by OCCA (Oak Cliff Coalition for the Arts) in Dallas, TX, September 16, 2014.

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.

Community Stories

46 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a DCET Board Member since 2006, I have observed first hand the good work done by this organization. The school, La Escuelita, provides literacy and ESL education as well as GED and citizenship support. Cultural and family programs are also provided through the Folklorico dance training group. I think it's great that adults can get an education and their children benefit as well. Special workshops on family values and job training also help to build strong families with fewer school drop outs and fewer problems like drugs. Training through DCET encourages children both to stay in school and plan to go to college with college preparation and scholarships. DCET meaning "Believe in Yourself" is operated mostly with volunteers and a few paid staff. It would benefit greatly with funding for more paid staff. I think it's an outstanding service organization and a tremendous asset to the community. I am definitely proud to be a part o it.

Victor A.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great cause, directed by loving and caring people that are dedicated to help others. I know them personally and it fills my heart with joy that there's still people like them in the world.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started off as a volunteer at DCET, then became an intern and now I am glad to say that with their help, I am currently enrolled in university! DCET's learning center does an amazing job in aiding the under-served Hispanic community by offering an array of educational and cultural programs. DCET welcomes everyone with open arms and they will help you to believe in yourself

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Anyone seeking to make improvements in their lives by means of acquiring new knowledge should most definitely consider DCET. I have had the opportunity to be a volunteer at this wonderful nonprofit organization who helps students reach success. From learning English as a second language, learning how to use computer programs and aiding those in the citizenship process, DCET helps the people in the community to excel. DCET also offers the Folklorico Arts Mentoring Amigos (FAMA) program where youngsters learn leadership through mentoring. Even more, DCET offers a fabulous college preparatory program that prepares students for college.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Excelente trabajo que han venido desarrollando para la comunidad hispana , felicidades a todo el
Equipo voluntariado de DCET , me
Encanta participar en sus actividades siempre de bien para la educación de
nuestra gente .

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great people
And also high quality of teaching and helped me to belive in myself

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great people! Always helping the communities as much as they can

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

DCET is great and a fabulous one-stop shop for immigrant students having access to free Literacy and Community/Cívic programs. Students are given scholarships and are motivated to become volunteers after graduating. I am a volunteer in love with this organization

1 Luis M.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Debes creer en ti is an example to follow, its dedication and care for the students, the follow ups, the enthusiasm and effort with which those involved put to every single student, the organization itself is something that makes us proud to be a part of and in the challenges that are overcome in every task, every chore and the willingness of everyone to see it become successful until the end year after year for the past 5 years that I have been involved

The leadership is what makes DCET the success it is today

1

Advisor

Rating: 5

I was very impressed with this community learning center in Irving, Texas. The faculty members do a great job
with their clients/students in guiding them pertaining to their needs, whether it be English, Spanish, or sometimes
other languages. As they advance their educational studies they then can take computer, GED, Citizenship studies.
I have seen clients come in not knowing writing their own proper language which they have to learn before advancing to
English etc. It's a long process for some students, housewives, workers as teachers work with them as time allows.
La Escuelita is open 7 days a week but at the end- their graduations are very satisfying to all.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I assisted DCET as an advisory council member when they started in business in 1995. This corporation is awesome! They are a ONE STOP SHOP teaching ESL, GED, Citizenship and computer classes. I have assisted DCET with Graphic Arts Design and understand very well their great mission. These are the awards that they have received:

“Excellence in Education” award by Dallas Mayor Laura Miller - 2004
“Community Volunteer of the Year” award by DFW International – 2004
“Community Achievement” by the Irving Hispanic Chamber of Commerce – 2005
“2006 Women of Spirit Award” by the American Jewish National Congress – 2006
"City of Grand Prairie proclaimed" May 16, 2006 as Elvia Wallace-Martinez’ day - 2006
"Real Women Award"
" Courage-Confidence-Character award from Girl Scouts of Tejas Council – 2006
"Community Choice Award" by Center for Non Profit Management - 2012
"Friendship Award" by Asian American Chamber or Commerce - 2013

They also have a great Prep-College Mentoring program which compliments with their FAMA (Folklorico Arts Mentoring Amigos) youth program. This is their website: www.dcenti.org
I do compliment this wonderful organization.

1 debescreerenti

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am the founder of DCET and have worked as a volunteer since 1995. We are proudly announcing that we won the 2017 WOD (Women of Distinction award) state wide for EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION. We will receive this honor, on Friday, October 27 in Austin Texas. This prestigious event is annually organized by TAMACC (Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce).

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am the one and only volunteer that has worked for this corporation 17 years.

I have done absolutely everything to make it succeed and will not give up! I feel honored to review DCET today.

I designed DCET in 1995 as a Spanish family values radio talk show, with TV segments, and four newspaper columns. Through this mediums I reached thousands of Hispanic families who needed positive solutions related to their educational, health, legal and human urgencies. I stopped being a talking head and designed "LA ESCUELITA" (Community Learning Centers) offering ESOL, GED, Citizenship and Computer classes as well as our forte: Spanish Literacy

In 1998, DCET became a private, non-profit corporation established under section 501©(3) of the Internal Revenue Service. During 17 years, I have served the community with passion, great dedication and no salary through DCET. My biggest compensation: The graduation of my students:)

DCET have become a major presence in the Metroplex due to its unique initiatives.
DCET's work have resulted in success stories of people who's lives have been rescued from illiteracy, family violence, drugs and addictions, teen pregnancy, and other negative family outcomes.

This service organization has been crafted with high quality. I have served as the only staff member for several years, to working with a volunteer staff, and now I am proud to count with 3 paid staff members and manage 26 volunteers, plus a Youth Leadership Council of 12 students. These students attend Irving High School and Union Bower Center for Learning in Irving and are offer scholarships at our annual CINCO DE MAYO Multicultural Festival and Educational/Health Fair.

I have invested my personal time into assisting the fast-growing number of Hispanic/Latino youth and their families in Irving and through DCET I assist parents with educational and personal development as well.

DCET’s programs are culturally designed with the idea of serving the needs of an underserved community: the immigrant community. You see students from Pakistan, India and all Latin American countries at “La Escuelita”, the DCET community learning center that assists the educational needs of close to 400 people a year.

I thank all the support offered by our members of the Board of Directors and the volunteers and sponsors that have made it possible for us to offer one of the most important elements in life: Education!


Review from Guidestar

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Cultural assimilation is not an easy task. Change even good change is hard. Immigrants leave a way of life and begin the difficult task of learning a new language and different social customs. DECT has not only helped immigrants through the assimilation process for twenty years, but more than that DCET provides educational opportunities. Through DCET persons learn to read, earn a GED, receive scholarships to further their education and even a bachelor's degree through the online program with the University of Guadalajara. Through the Arts Amigos Mentoring Program DCET has helped first generation children to excel in academics and to attend college. In the photo are DCET graduates and a scholarship recipient.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Elvia Wallace Martinez provides a wonderful program to help our community have a literate workforce. Elvia, also known as Nina provides a school where anyone can register to take GED, ESL or Citizenship classes. She organizes mentors to help immigrants succeed in our American society and she also helps maintain our Hispanic culture by celebrating cinco de mayo in our Irving community. The proceeds go towards scholarships which included one for my son a couple of years ago. I have had the privilege of working with Nina for the past two decades, sending my students to perform at her celebrations. She is a loving person and sweet soul, giving the shirt off her back to those that need it to succeed.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Elvia Wallace does a great job in connecting our Latino community members with resources and provides a great amount of services to those that really need the help. Through Debes Creer En Ti, low income families are given the opportunity to succeed. The programs offered to children, youth and adults help fill the gaps that are sometimes left among our Spanish only speakers due to lack of knowledge and education. I like that Debes Creer En ti is a family oriented organization and that every member of the traditional Latino family can benefit from it in many ways.

1 Don_47

Advisor

Rating: 5

Great work with the limited resources available, always trying to reach out to the community and changing lives of people that have less opportunities.

Keep up the great job..

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have benefited from DCET's mentoring and College-Prep programs and are about to graduate out of college. DCET taught me a lot about how to become an important member of society. I am reaching my goals thanks to them!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Soy Araceli Mijangos..(Chela Mijan) y mi experiencia ha sido maravillosa!!!! Tengo muchos anos de conocer a la Senora Elvia Walles Martinez y he tenido la oportunidad de participar en sus eventos de "Debes creer en ti" y lo recomiendo ampliamente porque esta organizacion es con el proposito de promover nuestra cultura y formar a jovenes y a adultos su superacion personal..felicidades y gracias por fomentar este tipo de eventos simpre en pro al mejoramiento de la comunidad....bendiciones!!!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

To whom it may concern,

This letter is to express my gratitude to DCET for all the good work and effort to help the community to improve our knowledge to be a better person in many ways for the success of this country.

Thank you to Mrs. Elvia Wallace for all her care and concern to give me a special support and hope with her hard work for DECT.

Sincerely
Lidia Leticia Palavicini

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

DCET has improved my life and the lives of my students in such a wonderful way that I could never pay Nina and her hard-working staff enough for her dedication and passion to help others. Through mentoring my 22 students and providing basic needs like school supplies, my students have fallen in love with La Escuelita and always ask when we will meet again. They get one on one help with math or reading as needed and we teach them dances to perform at different community events to promote their cultural heritage. Thanks to DCET these children are part of a caring program that keeps them safe and united away from drugs and gangs which is prevalent in their West Dallas and South Irving neighborhood where most of the children live. DCET is a lighthouse for my students and me. We come together as a strong group thanks to the guidance of Nina and her warm staff.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience DCET was really something that made me reflect on my past mistakes that i have made and now i know i can push through to become someone greater in life.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came toDCET as a voluneer & loved it! I found a mentor that is helping me sharpen my skills & getting me back into college. I highly recommend this otganization.