Crystal began having a passion for teens when she was still a teen her self. She started her ministry while she was in middle school by organizing a Bible club on her school campus. She continued throughout high school. At sixteen Crystal opened a teen hangout called The Nook. The Nook provided teens with a safe place where they could socialize through different organized events and activities. The Nook was very successful and was featured in several newspaper articles.
Matthew also had a dream at a young age. He dreamed of a center that would be open 24 hours and provide spiritual support and growth opportunities for all ages. He pursued his dreams by getting involved with his church in leadership and several mission trips. He also had the dream of becoming an architect. After high school Matthew started working various contracted construction jobs in order to get experience to pursue his architect dream. His dream for the 24 hour center always stayed in his heart. He just was unsure of how and when it could happen.
After high school Crystal decided to intern at the Los Angeles Dream Center. The Dream Center is a non-profit organization that has over 200 different outreaches that help the inner city. While there she worked with several outreaches, such as dream street which is a ministry that ministers to the homeless population of Skid Row. While there she began to put her vision on paper. She wrote down her idea of having a 24 hour center for teens and she wanted to call it Stacks. She chose this name because she felt that teens had so much stacked up against them and she wanted to take those negative things and turn them into something positive, by stacking up things for their future.
Once Crystal returned home from LA she started fund raising with the help of her family. She also returned to working a full time job to support herself not knowing that at that job she would meet Matthew her future husband. After they met, they shared their visions with one another and soon realized they had similar dreams.
Today Matthew and Crystal are married and have continued pursuing their dream together. In 2009 Stacks Youth Project was officially founded, a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower teens to become world changers through eliminating the barriers stacked up against them by providing a positive family environment with mentors that encourage all to discover their purpose and who help teens stack up tools to achieve excellence. Currently Stacks holds several regular events and activities. Matthew and Crystal are continually moving forward with new projects and ideas. Their goal is to have a 24 hour youth center and each day they work towards achieving this goal for they believe if you can empower a teen to excellence you can empower a community.