PACE Center for Girls, Inc.

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Basic Information

Address: State Office: 1 West Adams Street, #301, Jacksonville, FL 32202
County: Duval
Phone Number: 904-421-8585
Fax Number: 904-941-9055
President: CEO: Mary Marx
School Type: non-residential delinquency prevention program

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Additional Information

Founded: 1983
Ages/Grades: females 12 to 18 in middle or high school
School Setting:

Its purpose is to intervene and prevent school withdrawal, juvenile delinquency, teen pregnancy, substance abuse and welfare dependency in a safe and nurturing environment. PACE programs provide the following services: academic education, individualized attention, a gender-specific life management curriculum (SPIRITED GIRLS®), therapeutic support services, parental involvement, student volunteer service projects and transition follow-up services.

Every girl at PACE sets individual educational and social goals that are focused on earning a high school diploma or GED, re-entering public school, attending college, getting vocational training, joining the military or entering the private workforce. After program completion, PACE continues to monitor each girl's educational and personal development with three years of follow-up case management.

PACE operates 17 centers throughout Florida and one Reach program. Since it's creation in 1984, PACE has served over 21,000 girls.

School Schedule: Normal daytime school hours
School days in Calendar Year: 230 academic days

Throughout the state of Florida

School Size: Approximately 50 students per center
Classroom Size: Small with individualized attention
Student/Teacher Ratio: less than 12 to 1

Pace strives to use curriculum that is aligned with district and state standards to ensure a successful transition to the home school, post-secondary education, or the workforce.

Support Services:

Goal Setting and Ongoing Progress Monitoring
Goal setting with ongoing assessment and improvement process to identify each girls’ strengths and challenges and then provide her the best possible support.

Academic Education
Academic education through daily instruction, individualized education plans taught by certified teachers that align with requirements of the local school district.

Spirited Girls!™
PACE’s life management curriculum that helps girls to make positive decisions and lifestyle choices.

Service Learning
Community volunteer and service-learning opportunities to help girls develop a strong connection with their local community.

Career Preparation
Career preparation and career exploration, school-to-work readiness skills, and assistance with finding, applying for and interviewing for jobs.

Case Management
Ongoing case management for girls and their families designed to connect them with local resources and services.

Individual and group counseling that provides each girl tools to respond to obstacles in her life, peer pressure, family conflict and coping with victimization or abuse. Girls and their counselors develop care plans with individualized goals based on assessed strengths and needs.

Parental Involvement
Ongoing parental involvement in the care plan.

Transition Services
Social services, academics and a focus on the future. Ongoing case management to support girls once they transition from PACE to go back to their home school, higher education, or the workforce.

School Championships:

All classrooms have access to computers for instruction and learning.

Mission Statement:

PACE provides girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

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.

School History:

PACE began in 1985 with one Center in Jacksonville, Florida serving 10 girls. Today PACE includes 17 Centers throughout Florida that serve over 2,000 girls each year and has helped over 21,000 girls since its beginning. PACE began as a community response to the realization that girls involved with the justice system were either being placed in boys programs or placed further into the system for their own protection. There were no effective alternatives. Started by Vicki Burke and guided by the research-based recommendations which called for gender responsive programming, PACE created a new alternative to institutionalization or incarceration.

PACE is now recognized as a national model for reducing recidivism and improving school success, employment and self-sufficiency amongst girls by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Children's Defense Fund, National Mental Health Association, National Council on Crime and Delinquency, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

Programs and Services:

PACE Center for Girls, Inc. is a nationally recognized and research based model that features a balanced emphasis on academics and social services with a focus on the future for middle and high-school aged girls and young women.

The foundation of PACE is the gender-responsive culture, providing a safe environment that celebrates girls, services that take into account how girls learn and develop, and staff that understand the lives of girls and can respond to their strengths and challenges.

With a demonstrated record of success, PACE uses a holistic, strength-based and asset building model specifically responsive to the needs of girls and which is recognized as among the most effective programs in the country for keeping girls from entering the juvenile justice system.