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May 26, 2010

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May 26, 2010

I have been impressed with the training provided PACE Center teachers in research based strategies of instruction. I am a college professor in special education and was hired by PACE to provide middle school/high school literacy strategies for reading across the curriculum. The teachers who attended the two day workshop were awesome! They worked collaboratively modeling for each other strategies to engage diverse learners on varying ability levels. The effort of both the teachers and the overall administrative support was exceptional. I am pleased to have been associated with the PACE Center for Girls.

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I have shared the poems the girls have written each year in my pre-service classes at the college level. I believe it is important to show others that everyone has merit and by cultivating the human spirit we all can be successful.

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

provide positive outcomes for many more girls who need someone to care about them.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

May 26, 2010

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May 26, 2010

PACE is a great organization to help girls ages 12 - 18 develop into productive citizens through education and counseling. Staff and volunteers are dedicated to the overall success of each and every girl. I am proud to be affiliated with such a great organization.

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

participating in tutoring and fundraising events.

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

spending time with such wonder girls.

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

active and dedicated to the girls.

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

have more locations to provide services to more girls.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 25, 2010

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May 25, 2010

I have served on the PACE Board for six years and I continue to be amazed at how girls who are victimized, abused and at risk, eventually find their voices and begin to believe in themselves. Once this transformation occurs, there is no turning back. They begin to achieve academically and gain personal pride in their achievements. They learn to respect themselves and others and they become a natural support system for each other. PACE is just a place to learn and be counseled, it is a place to heal. PACE is a model program that should be duplicated nationally. PACE makes a difference without lockups and humiliation. PACE builds dignity. PACE works. Shortcomings? Not enough funding to attract, hire and retain teachers particularly in math and science.

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I have personally witness the change in the girls and I have met graduates from the program who testify passionately on its behalf. They said, "PACE saved my life", "I would never be where I am today without PACE", "PACE taught me to believe in myself"..

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The model works. However, more specialty staff is needed and for that additional funds are urgently needed.

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

Seeing the model work and girls succeed.

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

The staff is very dedicated and exceptionally good. Regrettably in nonprofit work where the pay is little and the hours long, burnout is always a factor to be dealt with.

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

Serve more girls ages 12-18 throughout the country. The need is present and evergrowing. Because there are not enough PACE organizations even in Florida, let alone the nation, girls remain victimized and fall through the cracks.

Ways to make it better...

I cannot imagine a more fulfilling volunteer experience.

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

Financial resources!

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

Come and see for yourself. Like me, you will be amazed to see that PACE does make a difference in juvenile prevention and in the lives of PACE girls. Our stats demonstrate the ffectiveness of the program.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 25, 2010

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May 25, 2010

PACE Center for Girls is an outstanding organization committed to the encouragement, development, growth, education and nurturing of girls and young women who have been victims of abuse - physical, emotional, and sexual. Gail Markham was kind to invite me to participate in the development of the Center here in Lee County. Watching the girls grow and blossom as they come into the system from dysfunctional and often non existant family lives into girls that have self esteem and extroadinary academic improvement.

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

Through the girls development and successes I have a personal connection to PACE

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

watching girls get their voice - spirit

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

very committed

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

build or buy a bigger facility to help more girls

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 25, 2010

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May 25, 2010

Our group worked closely with the staff at PACE to purge, declutter, and organize PACE’s main office areas, files, storage areas, donations and conference room. From our first interactions with the staff, it was evident how dedicated the employees are to improving the lives of the young women who participate in their program. Their enthusiasm for the organization pushed us all to work a little harder and a little longer to create an even better environment for the girls and the staff.

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not directly.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 24, 2010

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May 24, 2010

PACE Center for Girls is an absolutely outstanding organization committed to the encouragement, development, growth, education and nurturing of girls and young women who have been victims of abuse - physical, emotional, and sexual. I got involved with PACE through a dear friend and college roommate. What a blessing it was to me to be associated with such wonderful people. All of the staff shared a passionate commitment to helping these girls who face so many challenges in their lives. It provides a safe haven for girls to enjoy being a girl, and allows them to gain confidence and improve academic performance. Girls are often referred by the judicial system, as a result of minor crimes or repeated truancy. The majority of girls in the PACE program never re-offend, and most either complete a GED, or return to public education and obtain a high school diploma. The confidence they obtain through the PACE program allows them to become responsible young women, and contributors to our society in a positive way. PACE provides this opportunity for growth and healing by providing small education classes (about 10 per class), frequent counseling, and support for the many challenges that face these young women.

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hearing the testimony of many girls and young women who have had their lives changed by PACE. It is so heart-warming and gratifying to hear stories from young women, spoken from their hearts, about the way that PACE has given them freedom and a future.

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

seeing the success of the young women who complete the PACE program.

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

absolutely the most dedicated and amazing individuals I have had the pleasure of being around.

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

Serve more girls!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 24, 2010

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May 24, 2010

I became involved with Pace Center after much prompting from a friend, another self employed business woman. I went on a mentor day and really fell in love with the concept of empowering young women who are at risk and giving them the ability to work out of a bad situation. The girls shared with us their stories. One girl was homeless and afraid to let people know. She had her backpack and that was the extent of her belongings. Not only did she gratuate from High School but she is going to college now. We are able to give the girls college scholarships and provide hope that they can get out of the downward spiral that they are in if they follow our program. The girls are fun to work with and very anxious to learn from our Board. Some of us also came from an abusive situation and have been able to put it behind us and actually use that horrible odeal to make us better not bitter. We can honestly relate to them and give them hope and encouragement. We don't need more girls in our jails and prisons. Sometimes all it takes is a helping hand. Pace is well organized, very structured and monitored by local and state agencies.

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I mentored in an all day program at Florida Gulf Coast University and three of our Pace Girls were there. They were polite, well groomed and engaging. Some of the other students from other schools were not the same. Our Pace Girls shined!

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

Experienced, educated and professional

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

Build or buy a school and not pay rent. Also, it would allow the funds for an endowment.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 24, 2010

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May 24, 2010

I have seen many of these girls mature to achieve self confidence, academic milestones, and a personal pride in their self esteem. I have seen many aspire to be leaders in their community and benificial supporters to their families. This is one of the finest programs in the State of Florida for young girls, with great potential who have gone astry.

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my relationships with the program leaders and through my affliation with CREW (Commerical Real Estate for Woman). Our CREW orgainztion believes in the advancement for woman through education and networking opportunities.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 24, 2010

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May 24, 2010

PACE is an unbelievable opportunity for young women to have a second chance at life. This center is for girls whose lives had been traveling down a very destructive path, for a variety of reasons. PACE assists the girls in understanding what has transpired in their lives to get to such a tragic state, and allows them a safe environment to work through these emotional challenges, and to rebuild their esteem and confidence. It assists them in making different choices for their future. It has them interact with community leaders and supporters to show them that many successful and happy folks had similar bumps in the road. And it keeps these young ladies out of jail, giving them the chance to become our future leaders through the academic and emotional growth facilitated by the amazing staff and teachers. I feel blessed and honored to serve this program!

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

so many ways. I have been around this organization for almost 2 years, & I have experienced dozens of girls transform from very very difficult situations to positive, promising young ladies who transition back into society into positive, productive role

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

the reflection it leads me to regarding my own life & choices. How I can make a difference in someones life, so immediately & effectively. The results are so huge & fast, it is amazing to watch the young women grow. It make me want to be a better person

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

Kind, loving, strong, intelligent, caring, unbelievably generous and selfless, a true blessing.

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

Provide the staff with a competitive wage, buy a school bus with air conditioning, stop leasing their building and create a center of their own, grow in size to serve more than the 50 lucky girls it now serves in Lee County.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 24, 2010
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May 24, 2010
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The Pinellas PACE Center for Girls has helped more than 2,000 girls reclaim their self-esteem, regain their lost academic credits, achieve emotional stability, find their voice and achieve success. It is the only gender-specific program that helps girls stay out of trouble, teaches life management skills and helps them learn how to learn. In today's society, more juvenile females than ever are entering the justice system and PACE is the only alternative to incarceration that works!

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Specific outcome measurements: 93% improve their academics and 89% remain crime free after one year of transitioning out of the PACE program.

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

Its patience with girls who are initially unable to control their actions due to the many issues they have experienced in their lives.

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

Always acting in the best interest of the girls.

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

Develop in-school PACE centers in every public school in Pinellas County, staffed with teachers and counselors, to help girls succeed when the first symptoms of trouble or academic underachievement occur.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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