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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904-253-6222
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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6 people found this review helpful

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.

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

not directly.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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6 people found this review helpful

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.

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

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!

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?

2010-5-01

 
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6 people found this review helpful

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.

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

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.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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6 people found this review helpful

PACE Center for Girls in West Palm Beach is a terrific non-profit agency that invests time in energy in helping at risk girls get on track and pursue their dreams. I have had the privilege of participating the book and breakfast club at the center for the past 6 years or so. Each month, I look forward to extensive discussions with the girls in the reading group about their views of the book of the month. Through these discussions, I have learned as much about the girls and their experiences it today's world, as they have learned from me and the other professional women who participate.

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

I have personally observed the results of this organization by speaking with the same girls each month and watching them mature and evolve. I watched a number of girls leave the program on track and in pursuit of graduation.

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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7 people found this review helpful

No where in the world do the lives of girls matter more than right here. Unfortunately we still have a long way to go. Pace is making a true contribution to valuing the lives of girls by helping some of our wounded girls find their way back to health and happiness. At the critical moment when a girl can either recover or fall farther, Pace enters the picture and wraps its loving arms around these girls. I have been connected to this program for over ten years and I am amazed at the level of sustained energy and passion that continues year after year. The staff and board work well together and the focus never leaves helping our girls. The high level of success bears out the effectiveness of Pace's nationally recognized gender-specific programming. This charity truly proves the saying "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure".

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

Seeing the girls graduate and go on to careers instead of becoming chronic problems for our community.

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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