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: 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!

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About every week

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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..

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About every week

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2010-5-01

 
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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.

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About every month

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2010-5-01

 
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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.

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About every week

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2010-5-01

 
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9 people found this review helpful

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.

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

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"..

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

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

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.

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About every month

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2010-5-01

 
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6 people found this review helpful

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.

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

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

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

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About every month

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2010-5-01

 
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6 people found this review helpful

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!

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

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.

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About every week

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2010-5-01

 
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6 people found this review helpful

PACE School for Girls makes a difference in the lives of at-risk girls in Florida. PACE gives girls who aren't doing well adjusting to regular school the type of family atmosphere that they need to feel valued and special. PACE helps girls who have suffered abuse and hurt in their lives see their great value to our community! PACE Alachua has been known to do anything to serve girls. Whether it is facilitating dentist appointments or finding community members willing to renovate a bathroom, PACE finds the issues preventing girls from doing their best and works tirelessly to solve those issues!

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

I have been on the board for Pace Alachua for several years now and have heard countless girls tell their stories of success. Girls who have left PACE and gone to college or own their own business return to tell their stories.

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About every week

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2010-5-01

 
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5 people found this review helpful

PACE Center of Girls is a way for girls to have a second chance to succeed. It is a way for girls to avoid juvenile detention centers and jail. PACE allows girls to not only get the academic teaching they need, it also allows them to build their self confidence, learn to control and deal with their anger and plan for the future. PACE gives girls hope, encouragement and a place to dream with teachers and counselors who believe in them.

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

numerous ways. I have been a board member for about 4 years. I have volunteered for the school, helped with fundraising, counseled girls on career advice and planned holiday parties for the school.

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

being able to work directly with the girls and see the positive changes they make in their lives after coming to PACE

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

Exceptional, caring, dedicated and motivated. The teachers and counselors truly care about the students and you can witness this by seeing the number of hours they spend with the students

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

Change the lives of young women all over the country. PACE goes far beyond just being a school for troubled girls. It gives girls hope, teaches self confidence, and takes girls off the road to jail and onto a path of productive members of society

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About every month

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2010-5-01

 
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7 people found this review helpful

Pace Center for Girls helps girls catch-up on school work so they can graduate from high school and become a valuable members of society. Often the girls are so far behind academically that they need more help than a teacher can offer. We put on events that raise money for extras like tutors, field trips and even occasional dental work.

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

I have seen the changed lives of these girls. Most come from abusive homes and would continue this pattern if not for the caring adults at PACE. They are given a second chance and it is beautiful to see their transformation.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

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2010-5-01

 
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