Pace Center for Girls, Inc.

Rating: 4.95 stars   39 reviews


One W Adams St Ste 301 Jacksonville FL 32202 USA


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.

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Pace center for girls, inc. Is a non-profit, gender-specific program, providing comprehensive academic and therapeutic prevention and intervention to at-risk girls ages 12-18 at community based centers throughout the state of florida. Pace was established as an alternative to institutionalization or incarceration for adolescent girls at-risk of high school dropout and involvement in the justice system. Operating in florida since 1985, pace has been recognized by local, state and national governments as the leader in providing educational programs and counseling to at-risk girls. Over 90% of the girls completing the program remain crime free one year later. Pace served 2,130 girls in the year ended june 30, 2015 and over 96% of the girls enrolled successfully completed the program that year. Pace also advocates for girls on a national and state level, providing training and consulting to girls serving agencies via partnerships with groups such as the florida juvenile justice association.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
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

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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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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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.

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

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

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