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Review for Pace Center for Girls, Inc., Jacksonville, FL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Board Member & I am secretary to the Board, I chair the Golf Committee, I am a BIG donor, I have recruited Board Members.