BYCE Ministries' vision is today's youth will become the person he are she were created to be.
“We are each gifted in a unique and important way. It is our privilege and our adventure to discover our own special light.” - Mary Dunbar
Our mission is to assist high risk students to become the person he or she was created to be through a comprehensive program of life skills, academic assistance, and character development to prepare and empower them for leadership in their communities and being effective in their personal lives. Our purpose is to prevent and/or reduce delinquency or other problem behaviors in young people.
“We are not what we know but what we are willing to learn.”-Mary Catherine Bateson, Writer
Our Executive Director has been involved in numerous organizations in the development of children and youth for over 30 years. Those organizations include Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Junior Achievement, children's church, children and youth Sunday school, Young Life, and others.
December, 2008 Rev. Gittens spent 30 days in Sunyani, Ghana, West Africa. Her heart was full of love and desire to help the youth in that country.
May 18, 2009 Babies Youth Children Empowerment Ministries, Inc. was born.
September, 2009 Incorporate as an exempt non-profit organization in Texas.
April 2010 Held our first school supply drive for our first year anniversary. We were able to provide school supplies and books to over 100 students in Ghana, 100 students attending an all boys school in the inner city of Houston.
August, 2011 - Our school supply drive allowed us to supply school supplies to Yellowstone Academy, college students, homeless students in transition, and the Covenant House Teens.
July, 2012 - Our first Vacation Bible School in apartments located in the Sunnyside community of Houston. (low income community)
September, 2012 - Began our first tutoring sessions for Grades K-12.
January, 2013 Began our mentoring pilot program
July, 2013 Hosted our first Science Technology Engineering Mathematics enrichment program with tutoring in reading and math for Grades 3-9
Founder and Executive Director - Rev. Lynda Wright Gittens, MDIV
Treasurer - Marcia Swift
Attorney - Atty. Shahara Wright Menchan, The Wright Law Firm
Lynda Wright Gittens
Carol M. McCray
Tutoring Advisory Board:
I have known Rev. Lynda Wright Gittens for more than 18 years and have worked with her closely for the past 5 years. I have watched her unselfishly give of her time, energy and resources to empower youth, both male and female, to reach their goals. She has been very instrumental in the scouting program, having served as a Girl Scout leader for more than 20 years, helping to cultivate character, values and service to others. Without a doubt, Lynda has the heart of a true servant seeking to elevate and advance the lives of others to achieve what God has destined for their lives. Her leadership has touched the lives of many and God has enabled her to see the fruit of her labor. What a blessing! May others be blessed by the ministry of Rev. Lynda Wright Gittens!
I have had the distinct pleasure of getting to know Lynda Gittens and working with her for nearly 10 years. Lynda is one of the most compassionate individuals I have met, especially as it relates to youth. Lynda has been involved with the Girl Scouts of America for nearly 30 years and has always exemplified leadership. Lynda has been more than the ideal Girl Scout leader and Girl Scout teen advisor for the Girl Scout Troop at Wheeler Avenue and more importantly to both my girls. Lynda’s support of my daughters and her leadership has guided my daughters (and many others) to achieving the highest Girl Scout honor awarded –the Gold Award. Based on her successes in life, I can easily say that her leadership far exceeds any expectations…Lynda will exemplify the positive image expected at BYCE Ministries.