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Debes Creer en Ti

Believe in Yourself, Inc.

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Help Immigrant Families Succeed!

DCET Focuses in Literacy, Life Skills Linking Families to Community Resources

DCET stands for DEBES CREER EN TI  (Believe in Yourself), in Spanish. DCET acts as a one-stop-shop for our Hispanic/Latino families. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving Irving and Grand Prairie, Texas for almost 30 years. Our Community Learning Centers are called: LA ESCUELITA (The Little School).

The organization provides literacy skills (Spanish and English) to adult members of immigrant families, leadership skills and mentoring opportunities for their children, intercultural competence training for both adults and youth and links program participants to community resources needed by immigrant families
To be a highly visible and trusted community learning centers "La Escuelita" all over locally, regionally and nationally 
through offering a dedicated team of professional staff assisting  Hispanic/Latino families with their educational needs while building a future for their children, and their future generations so that they can excel in their life and in their work, leading them to
overcoming barriers and challenges related to having recently Immigrated to the U.S.

To support intergenerational  immigrant families in achieving literacy, life skills (youth leadership, mentoring, intercultural competence) and to link them to community resources in a way that respects all races, religions, and cultures.
Intercultural competence training for both adults and youth to linking Hispanic/Latino families to community resources and to our Literacy Programs: Adult Basic Education (ABE), Computer classes, Citizenship exam preparation and (GED) High School Equivalency preparation. 
We value the constant improvement of our programs.

We value Tolerance.
We value Integrity in all dealings.We value kindness and courtesy.
We value Punctuality.
We value Honesty.

                                               Helping immigrant Families Succeed!

We are innovators, our Mission
saves and transforms lives through EDUCATION!

​We build bridges with community leaders, schools, educators, corporations benefiting the needs of our students.

Learn more about our PROGRAMS

Our programs are lead by honesty, integrity  and respect for diversity, equity and inclusion

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Our Story

In 1995 DCET Founder Elvia Wallace-Martinez designed DCET as a Spanish Radio Talk show called DEBES CREER EN TI (Believe in Yourself), and also a 2-two TV segments, and 52 newspaper columns in Spanish about virtues/family values. These initiatives in 1998, then turned into a  non-profit organization housing Literacy and Community and Mentoring programs for Hispanic/Latino families in its majority. With limited funding and working out of her personal finances, DCET Founder started DCET and continues to serve the community as a volunteer.  Her programs have helped thousands of students enter the workforce field while preventing them from crime and welfare dependency. 

As an immigrant herself, founder of DCET understood the needs of the immigrant community 

DCET Operates with High Standards of Excellence, 
a Firm Financial Stability and is a national
Top Rated nonprofit  
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