What began in 1994 with a violence prevention curriculum at Franklin Middle School in Dallas has grown into something much more. Vincent Gaddis recognized an unfilled hunger in some of the children he met. He began tutoring at a program in the Vickery Meadows community. Yet the kids were still hungry for more. That more was Jesus.
With a pizza, a bunch of Dr. Seuss books, and an open Bible, Vincent began meeting with children and their families at parks, churches, and vacant apartments.
On June 6, 1995— with a group of parents, children, the Community Outreach Department of Presbyterian Hospital, and the Vickery Meadows Interactive Police – Youth Believing in Change (YBC) was formed. As we continued to grow and impact the community, God gave us a vision for a place of permanence that we could call home.
In December of 2006, our prayers were answered as God blessed us with a challenge-match grant from the Rees-Jones Foundation. We tripled the amount of the challenge and were able to purchase the permanent home we prayed for debt-free, a two-acre facility located on Stults Road.
Executive Director Vince Gaddis has a Masters Degree in Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary.
Angela Gaddis has a degree in Music Education from UT Arlington. She taught in Dallas public schools for ten years before establishing YBC’s Children’s Choir and After School program.
Daughter Makariah is a student at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. She plays violin, guitar and bass and is in the vocal program. Makariah serves as a Student Ambassador in the People To People Program. She has been a student at Dallas Black Dance Theater since age three.
Son Vincent attends Stults Road Elementary School. He is a natural at dance and loves attending YBC, as well as listening to sermons on the radio. Vincent also enjoys playing basketball and running track.