Understanding the needs of an under-served population​​​

DCET was founded in 1995 by Elvia Wallace-Martinez 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 a Board of 07-seven members and 6-six Advisory Council members. The Corporation is managed by a staff of four people. DCET is dedicated to provide Educational, Mentoring and Cultural programs for the social and economic well-being of Hispanic youth and their families.

A Sense of "Believing in Ourselves"!

Entrepreneur Helps Immigrants Believe in Themselves. By: Julie Kotz Richie calendar editor for Dallas Family. August 23, 2003


Growing up in Acapulco may sound like a dream to many Americans who envision days spent lounging on white sand and swimming in warm water. But the reality is quite different for most Mexicans who live there, according to Elvia Wallace-Martinez, who grew up in Acapulco, leaving only after a failed marriage. In 1977, with the peso devalued, the newly single Wallace-Martinez needed to support herself and her Peruvian mother and her economy. She knew the only way to do it was to go to the United States and achieve the American dream...(Read the whole story about DCET's Founder...)​​​​​​​

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





DCET Founder Elvia Wallace-Martinez designed DCET as a Spanish radio talk show, 2 TV segments, and 52 newspaper columns in Spanish about virtues/family values. These initiatives then turned in 1998 into a  non-profit organization housing Literacy and Community programs for Hispanic/Latino families in its majority. With limited funding and working out of her personal finances, DCET Founder started DCET without a salary.  DCET initiatives help students enter the workforce field and  prevents them from crime and welfare dependency.

Your contribution will allow us to support our Literacy Programs offered at "La Escuelita" an assist the Platon Lerma Scholarship Fund

Al Dia News

"Nunca es tarde para una buena educacion"​​ ​​

May 24th, 2011

Dallas Morning News

"DCET/Believe in Yourself presents awards at holiday dinner"

December 19th, 2014


DFW International Bulletin 2015 Excelencia Empresarial Hispana honors DCET with Excellence in Education award

October 7th, 2015

El Hispano News

April 22, 2015


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