Pace Center for Girls, Inc.

Rating: 4.95 stars   39 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Education, Crime & Law

Location: One W Adams St Ste 301 Jacksonville FL 32202 USA

Mission: PACE operates in 17 counties throughout Florida, providing multi-faceted, gender-responsive services to more than 2,300 girls annually.  Since 1985, PACE has been successful at reducing justice system involvement for girls with complex and interconnected risk factors and has successfully provided more than 17,000 girls with an opportunity for a better future by reducing risk behaviors and avoiding justice system involvement. PACE is cited by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency as the only statewide prevention program in the country that effectively targets girls with consistent, positive results. Our Mission: PACE provides girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy.  Our Philosophy: PACE values all girls and young women, believing each one deserves an opportunity to find her voice, achieve her potential and celebrate a life defined by responsibility, dignity, serenity and grace.
Geographic areas served: Florida

2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a volunteer at PACE Center for Girls Jacksonville and have been for ten years. It is so rewarding to watch the girls grow from victims to beautiful young ladies of strength and wisdom. I see a staff and volunteers dedicated to improving the lives of the girls at PACE and I applaud them for the great impact they are making in the future of, not only these girls, but also the world. I have been instrumental in getting many other volunteers involved in PACE and they all feel the same.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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1 person found this review helpful

Not only do I volunteer at PACE Center for Girls, Inc. but I have enlisted many of my friends and they find PACE as rewarding as I do. Last week was PACE graduation and it felt so good to see the success these girls have achieved against tremendous odds. PACE shows young women that they can be anything they want and that they have a a future of hope and success.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Attending graduation and hearing the number of girls who received scholarships and will continue their education.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would not change a thing about PACE. They have proven they know what they are doing by the success rate of girls graduating and going on to college or trade schools or finding good employment. Many are the first in their family to graduate high school.

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6 people found this review helpful

About every six weeks, I get a group of ladies to help set up and run the Clothes Closet. As the girls "shop" for new and gently used donated items, you can tell the new girls from those who have been at PACE for a while. The new girls don't show much enthusiasm or interact with the ladies and the other girls. But after a short time, the girls exhibit confidence, have warm attitudes to each other and the volunteers, smile a lot and are grateful that people care about them. I love to attend the award ceremonies, graduation, the prom and other activities. You see that these are typical teenage girls who just need a chance. PACE gives them that chance to reach their potential and become successful young ladies.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have encountered PACE girls in places of business and they are truly professional. I have heard the choir sing at functions and you can hear the joy in their voices.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing the impact PACE has on the future of the young ladies who attend. PACE follows the girls for 3 years after they leave the school and I have seen many of them.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Every staff member and volunteer I have encountered at PACE has been a truly dedicated person who loves the girls.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand and help even more girls in need of the program.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a volunteer at the Lee County PACE Center for Girls. Each girl that enters our school comes with their individual story. Usually a story of abuse; verbal, physical, mental or sexual abuse. Each girl receives counselling to help them 'find their voice' - to help them gain self esteem and meet thier potential. Each girl is typically 2 to 3 years behind in their education. Through tutoring and guidance the girls achieve their repsective grade level and can transition back in to regualr K-12 schools. Our teachers, our staff and our volunteers are dedicated to the girls success; saving one girl at a time

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Twelve years ago, my daughter was 15. Despite the fact that, at the time, I had 26 years' professional experience in the social services -- the majority of which were with adolescents -- no matter what I did, I couldn't "fix" the problem. PACE was a lifesaver for us. My daughter was attending an alternative school which became the site for Florida's only off-site PACE Reach Program. Counselor Lorraine provided guidance, friendship and support to us both during a very rough path in our "journey" through adolescence. PACE was one of the few highlights of my daughter's less-than-stellar high-school years. Through PACE, she felt cared-for, accepted and safe in a sometimes-scary school.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

both my personal life (see review) and my professional life (I referred many young ladies from a diversion program that the agency for which I worked operated.)

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

...ensure that all communities had a PACE center or a PACE Reach program and that each program received all of the funding it needed.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

It UNDERSTANDS the unique needs of girls and provides programming geared to fill those needs. It employs professionals who, likewise, understand the girls' needs and who can work with and advocate on behalf of the girls.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The #1 thought that comes to mind when the name of PACE arises is that the program is so successful! Through education, counseling, training and advocacy one can watch an at-risk girl enter the program as a sullen, obstinant person and within weeks turn herself around to wanting to be a productive member of society. This is a nationally recognized program with a proven success rate!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Watching the young ladies lose their sullen expressions and reluctance to participate, I have seen turn-arounds that astound! Listening to graduates of the program talking about going to college, amd becoming productive members of the community is great!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

When you look into the eyes of a PACE Girl you see a sparkle of a dream that turns into a reality through PACE due to everyone's continued dedication this fine organization. I just can't let that sparkle die and will continue to help light the flame for these girls to achieve their dreams.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

All capacities...and am always more impressed each time..

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I love this organization. I have been involved with them in various capacities for at least eight years now. The atmoshpere provided for these girls is both positive and happy. It has truned many lives around. Board members go out of their way to see that the center gets what it needs to continue to support these young ladies, and they have fun doing it. Every member of the staff makes the welfare of these girls come first, and it really shows. Every person associated with the center, from the director down to the students, participates in fundraising. Board members plan events, faculty and parents attend, and the students either decorate or put on programs. It's all a part of the PACE spirit!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The success stories of the students who attend and have graduated from the center.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

PACE Jacksonville is a wonderful educational organization that strives to honor the girls as they counsel and motivate the girls to attain their high school diploma. They teach the girls about honoring themselves through the Spirited Girl's program. I have been on many tours at PACE for myself and to share PACE with my friends and colleagues. At each tour a different girl or girls share their personal story. Although each girl's story is different, every ending seems to be the same. They love PACE and are thankful and blessed to be a part of the program and they all say that without PACE they would never have finished high school.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing one of the PACE girls come back and be hired by PACE as the receptionist. She does and awesome job and helps project the positive attitude PACE tries to instill in the girls.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Add a much needed library, gymnasium and athletic program, and offer foreign language classes.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

PACE is magic!!! I have seen these girls change right in front of my eyes. You plant a seed and then you watch it grow into a beautiful flower. I was very impressed with the staff and mangement at PACE. There is so much passion and care shown daily to the girls as they walk the path of life altering events and changes. I attended a recent Graduation and witnessed 29 girls walking across the stage and receive their diplomas. I cried the entire time as their stories were shared with the audience. Amazing experience for me!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Witnessing their programs, choir, Family Night, Awards Day, Field Day, Graduation and other planned activities throughout the year.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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11 people found this review helpful

PACE is unlike any non-profit I have had the pleasure and privilege of serving. I know for a fact that every dollar invested in the PACE program will result in a change of life for the girls at the school. I have personally witnessed angry, disenchanted girls transforming into confident and ambitious young women after going through the program. The staff is not only knowledgeable, but also displays a limitless compassion and optimism that is infectious. It is my personal honor to serve on the board and I will remain on the board as long as they will have me.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

changing the loves of girls who were destined for the juvenile and/or criminal justice system.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

keep on keeping on. I would not change one thing.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the tangible results I see everyday. The girls are changed a little more with every day they attend the school.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

compassionate, knowledgeable, caring, patient, long-suffering, kind, and always optimistic.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand its services throughout the state of Florida to help even more troubled girls realize their value and potential.

Ways to make it better...

no answer.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

legislative and economic. A large percentage of our operational funds are approrpriated by the state. With budget cutbacks at the state level, as well as at the investor level, we are having to do more with much less.

One thing I'd also say is that...

the PACE program and methodology is the permanent solution our country needs to address the challenges our young men and women are facing as they strive to become productive members of society.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

PACE Executive Directors and staff make the programs work. Girls come to the Centers needy in so many ways. They leave the Centers with a whole new outlook, with academic improvement, with goals, and with HOPE. Seeing this happen is an inspiration to Board and volunteers. The counselors and teachers go out of their way to "love the girls until they can love themselves". Financial contribution provide the "extras" that take this program out of the ordinary and into the unbelievable. PACE works!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen girl after girl turn their lives around. Kids that came from home situations I cannot even imagine, entered the program vitually without hope but were able to turn their lives around.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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