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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.

 

Values & Principles

HONOR THE FEMALE SPIRIT

We value and promote the female perspective by respecting its distinct needs, creating safe and gender-responsive environments, and celebrating the female experience.

FOCUS ON STRENGTHS

We identify strengths in our girls, their families, our staff, and our supporters. Using these strengths as our foundation, we build strong, confident, and productive community participants.

ACT WITH INTEGRITY AND POSITIVE INTENT

We believe that all actions and decisions must be guided by the highest ethical principles, respecting the uniqueness of all involved and honoring each other's differences.

EMBRACE GROWTH AND CHANGE

We believe that everyone is capable of remarkable growth, and only by encouraging change can individuals, organizations and society reach their full potential.

VALUE THE WISDOM OF TIME

We understand that patience can be as powerful as immediate action, and each has its place. We value the discernment required for their effective use.

EXHIBIT COURAGE

Courage is essential to making a difference. It enables us to speak for those who cannot, take risks to do what is right, deliver just and fair consequences, and be accountable for our actions.

SEEK EXCELLENCE

We strive for excellence in all we do by holding true to our mission while consistently meeting high standards of performance, reflecting critically upon our accomplishments, seeking innovative solutions, and believing all things are possible.

CREATE PARTNERSHIPS

We believe in developing effective partnerships and long-term relationships by listening to our staff, our girls and their families, and our communities, incorporating each person's input and involving them in our decision-making process.

INVEST IN THE FUTURE

We work to create an environment that fosters the long-term growth and development of our girls, staff, agency, and communities. We believe this is necessary to create results that have lasting impact.

color pathPACE History

PACE began in 1985 with one Center in Jacksonville, Florida serving 10 girls.  Today PACE includes 19 Centers throughout Florida that serve over 2,000 girls each year and PACE has changed the life trajectory of over 37,000 girls since its inception. PACE began as a community response to the realization that girls involved with the justice system were either being placed in programs designed for boys 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 for girls.

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.

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