Educational Institutions

DEBES CREER EN TI

Believe in Yourself!

aka DCET

Irving, TX

Mission

To provide literacy, workforce development programs, and other educational, cultural, mentoring and community initiatives for under-served low and moderate-income immigrants in its majority Hispanic/Latino youth and their families in their process of assimilation and acculturation, allowing them to become productive members of society.

Notes from the Nonprofit

Elvia Wallace-Martinez structured all the Educational/Cultural/Community programs at DCET since 1995. DCET is committed to save lives and are make a difference in many people. This legacy will leave a shelter for Hispanic/Latino immigrants & other immigrant families to succeed in a new country while becoming productive members of society. Under ED Wallace-Martinez leadership students obtain a unique free educational opportunity benefiting the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The need to increase the socio-economic level of at risk Hispanic/Latino immigrant families through education & enter to the workforce will help prevent crime and welfare dependency. DCET strives to return values to this country. Leadership, Confidence, and Support is instilled in low and moderate-income families under the big umbrella of EDUCATION knowing that this will help increase students their ability to succeed in life and overcome obstacles. The Literacy, Parenting, Mentoring, and Cultural programs help strengthen values & identity in DCET students. DCET is a one-stop-shop with inter-generational initiatives at no cost for the students. In 2000 a partnership with the City of Irving and Grand Prairie and the owners of Savers Cost Plus Supermarkets was formed to secure free housing to DCET's literacy & community programs. While parents learn English as a second language, and/or finish their GED, and/or Citizenship class, their children learn the dances of Mexican Folklorico and Modern dance in different classrooms under the same roof. Children experience fun, fitness, self esteem and social skills while are motivated to stay out of drugs and reach college. DCET's prep-college workshops and scholarships help high school seniors become professionals of this country. As mentor, educator and friend of her students, Wallace-Martinez exhorts those who don't read/write in Spanish, to graduate from basic literacy in Spanish so that they can transition to learn English. Under the PLAZAS COMUNITARIA's initiative she graduates students from Elementary and Jr. High School in Spanish. Once they graduate from Elementary level, and start Jr. High School in Spanish, they are ready for Computer Literacy classes. DCET sees the need to increase the socio-economic level of at risk Hispanic/Latino immigrant families through education and is committed to help the Hispanic community to enter the workforce & help prevent crime and welfare dependency.

Ruling Year

1999

Board President and Corporate Development Director

Mrs. Elvia Wallace-Martinez

Board Finance Director

Mrs. Carole Lawrence

Main Address

504 North O'Connor Rd. "La Escuelita"

Irving, TX 75061 USA

Formerly Known As

Debes Creer en Ti

Keywords

ESL, GED, literacy, education, mentoring, information and referral, parenting, personal and workforce development, youth leadership, computer literacy, finance literacy

EIN

31-1640064

 Number

6848967087

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

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What we aim to solve

DCET contributes to illiterate Mexicans to not depend on welfare benefits and enter into the workforce field. First generation immigrant Mexican/Hispanic families live at a survival level. Parents limit their quality time with their children and work many long hours away from home without providing the necessary support children need in their everyday life. At school age, second generation Hispanic children become part of the English language school system causing a language separation between both, parents and children. Parents experience a strong language barrier once their children become teenagers. The problem is hard to solve as the growing number of Hispanics in Irving is accompanied by a steady and high rate of school dropouts. In Irving there are very limited Spanish language programs to help parents in their process of assimilation and acculturation. Most of the programs are conducted in English; therefore, the language and cultural solution make it almost impossible to tre

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Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

ESL (English as a Second Language)

Computer Literacy (HBI) certified 180-hour course

FAMA Fine Arts Mentoring Amigos program

GED General Education Diploma

Spanish Literacy (Plazas Comunitarias)

Citizenship preparation Classes

YIC (Youth in College)

MENTORES

Multicultural Health/Education Fair

YOUTH IN COLLEGE

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of ESL/Citizenship students participating at our community learning Center

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adults,

Minorities,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related program

ESL (English as a Second Language)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Service Unit Type: (ESL/CITZ classes) UNITS PER MONTH: 360 class hours - UNITS PER YEAR: 4320 - 12 Monthly workshops on character building, leadership development, conflict resolution.

Number of GED students participating at our community learning Center

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adults,

Minorities,

People of Latin American descent

Related program

GED General Education Diploma

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

GED (General Education Development) Students at DCET are prepared to take the GED Test once they are ready to pass the 5-part test (Writing, Reading, Science, Social Studies, and Mathematics).

Number of participants who pass citizenship exam

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Aging, elderly, senior citizens,

Minorities,

People of Latin American descent

Related program

Citizenship preparation Classes

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

DCET prepares students for the The U.S. Citizenship Exam and provides all the necessary guidance for them to respond to the interview questions by Homeland Security.

Number of free participants in conferences

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adolescents (13-19 years),

Adults,

Families

Related program

FAMA Fine Arts Mentoring Amigos program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

This conference is to help prevent Drugs, Alcohol, Family Violence & Racism -The message will raise awareness about these dangerous facts: Participation of Gangs & school dropout in Irving .

Number of youth and families for whom a cultural inventory (e.g., cultural/ethnic identity, language, values, spiritual life, family traditions, gender and sexual identity issues, other relevant preferences, etc.) is completed and used to develop the treatment and support plan

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Related program

YIC (Youth in College)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Families Participating in Family Values Conference to prevent Drugs and Alcohol and Family Violence.

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adolescents (13-19 years)

Related program

YOUTH IN COLLEGE

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Our 2106 YIC (Youth in College) Conference to prevent Drugs/Alcohol/Family Violence & Racism took place @ Irving Bible Church. Rating from our Evaluation form brought 90% EXCELLENT 8% GOOD 2% FAIR.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years)

Related program

FAMA Fine Arts Mentoring Amigos program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Mentoring Sessions take place at our Grand Prairie and Dallas and Irving Locations. Leadership is an important issue while instilling Self Esteem, Social Skills and Values in participants.

Number of participants attending our Spanish Literacy classes

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

Males,

Adults

Related program

Spanish Literacy (Plazas Comunitarias)

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Our Plazas Comunitarias Spanish Literacy Program includes: Basic Literacy in Spanish, Elementary, Jr. High School (Alfabetizacion, Primaria, Secundaria).

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

To offer literacy programs to Hispanic Youth & their families strengthening family unity, pride & identity among themselves, therefore contribute to bring well educated individuals with true potential toward the needs of this country.​ ​To promote multicultural events offering health, education & fun fundraising funds for high school students going to college. ​​To build strong ties with community leaders, schools, educators, city dignitaries & corporations to build bridges among the needs of our communities, therefore resulting in greater economic benefits to our country. To offer community programs that can assist our students to become new citizens of this Country, resulting in productive members of society. ​To offer mentoring programs using art to build in youth, self esteem, social skills & fitness, & at the same instill in them pride, heritage & culture. ​To bring family values & prevention of drugs & alcohol awareness through annual conferences with role model speakers.

Our literacy projects last 12 months & renew each year. Program includes preparation/orientation/training time. Classes start 1st. week in September every year. We assist facilitators, coordinator & tutors to develop our programs for students to develop with reading & writing skills. For this purpose, Adult Continuing Literacy Education for parents & their children will include ESOL classes, voice recognition techniques & Citizenship classes. Parents will be encouraged to continue to be a literacy role model for their children. Classes: Number of students attending: 18–25 per class Frequency of classes: Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat & Sun Time classes will be offered: 12-2pm, 2-4pm, & 4-6pm 1st phase of program: Intake Management, Orientation, Familiarization, Pre-testing 2nd phase of program: 14 Modules of study 3rd phase: 14 modules of phonetics through Voice Recognition curricula 4th phase: Testing 5th phase: Graduation

Placement at DCET is individualized and based on pre-testing. Results and practice are recorded in computer programs that test and tract student's progress.

Case Management System Kidsmart, and the BEST Pre-Post-testing, sign-in sheets, auditor's reports, quarter and annual comprehensive progress reports; help us to measure objectives while obtaining a complete record of process, outcomes and measured instruments.

INTER-AGENCY APPROACH TO SERVICE INCLUDE SUPPORT FROM:
Irving ISD partnership
Irving Public Library System
Irving Public Health Education
Baylor Dentistry College
Irving Arts Center

MEASURABLE OUTCOMES
1. Annually, about 180 students w/enroll in our Literacy initiatives and will complete the 180-hour ESOL curriculum with a programmatic completion rate of 90% or more, resulting in students learning English successfully.

MEASUREMENT PROCESS AND INSTRUMENTS
Process Annual measuring using standardized instruments administered by project staff.
Instruments BEST Pre/Post-Testing, quarter and annual reports.
Variables Qualitative and quantitative data.

2. Annually, at least 95% students and their families w/complete 10 of the 12 monthly 2-hour parenting skills workshops resulting in improved parenting and social skills while their children will improve in academic performance and readiness for school.
PROCESS
Post-workshop measuring using project-developed instruments administered by project staff.
Instruments Index of Achievement Values or other comparable instrument
Variables Qualitative scales.

The progress towards our long-term goals are monitored by Progress Reports and Accountability for Performance. These outcomes are achieved by measures set up following the strategies set up by the beginning of the program. We are working on our Strategic Planning process in order to step up and be qualified for larger funding. Our Business Plan has been drafted and plans to expand our Board of Directors is in place.

How We Listen

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

Source: Self-reported by organization

the feedback loop
check_box We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
check_box We shared information about our current feedback practices.
How is the organization collecting feedback?
We regularly collect feedback through: electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), paper surveys.
How is the organization using feedback?
We use feedback to: to identify and remedy poor client service experiences, to identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, to make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, to inform the development of new programs/projects, to identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, to strengthen relationships with the people we serve.
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
We share feedback with: the people we serve, our staff, our board.
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
It is difficult to: we don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback.
What significant change resulted from feedback
We learned we need to update the operating system of our computers. We learned that some students complain there is too much noise in one of our learning center. We learned that some students would like to attend classes even if it a holiday.

External Reviews

Awards

“Excellence in Education” award by Dallas Mayor Laura Miller - 2004 2004

City of Dallas

“Community Volunteer of the Year” 2005

DFW International Community Alliance

“Community Achievement” 2005

Irving Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Women of Spirit Award 2006

American Jewish National Congress

Elvia Wallace-Martinez’ day proclamed May 16th, 2006 2006

City of Grand Prairie proclamation

Community Choice Award 2012

Center for Non Profit Management in Dallas

Outstanding Contribution to the Arts and Education 2014

Oak Cliff Coalition for the Arts

Friendship Award 2013

DFW Asian American Citizens Council

Miguel Hidalgo Award - Excellence in Education 2014

Oak Cliff Coalition for the Arts

Excelencia en la Educacion 2015

Excelencia Empresarial Hispana

Irving Awards Program 2015

Best of 2015 Irving

Transforming Lives with Literacy Programs 2020

Best of 2020 Irving

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Yes

Organizational Demographics

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? This organization has voluntarily shared information to answer this important question and to support sector-wide learning. GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/04/2019

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & Ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender Identity
Female, Not Transgender (Cisgender)
Sexual Orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability Status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & Ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender Identity
Female, Not Transgender (Cisgender)
Sexual Orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability Status
Person without a disability

Race & Ethnicity

Gender Identity

Sexual Orientation

Disability