PACE Center for Girls, Inc. is a community-based, non-residential prevention, diversion, and early intervention program in the state of Florida. PACE serves over 2,000 girls each year in 19 locations around the state as an alternative to incarceration by providing therapeutic support services, individualized and group counseling, a gender-specific life management curriculum, academic education, individualized attention, parental involvement, community service and 3 years of follow up transition services.
PACE supports the mission of the Department of Juvenile Justice by preventing juvenile delinquency, teen pregnancy, substance abuse, academic failure, and welfare dependency.
PACE reduces the number of girls entering the juvenile justice system and reduces the significant long term costs associated with teen pregnancy, substance abuse, dropping out of school and unemployment and long term economic dependency.
Kentra came to PACE Hillsborough a little over a year ago in June 2014. Her journey to success here has not always been an easy one. Up until spring of this year, Kentra struggled to arrive to school on time and oftentimes did not even come to school regularly. When Kentra was present at the center, she would frequently engage in conflicts with her peers. However, with the help of her counselor Kentra started to improve her conflict resolution skills and began advocating for herself.
Although a lot of time had passed Kentra by, she finally realized her attendance and lack of motivation had impeded her ability to achieve academic success. Kentra came to staff, again advocating for herself, to request an extension to stay until January 2016. Kentra began to show her determination by coming to school every day and earning more and more credits. She has also been working with the Transition Services Counselor to invest in her future. She has enrolled in FLVS classes in order to return back to her zoned public school when she transitions. Kentra's dream is to go to college and become a Rehabilitative Counselor.
Kentra was chosen as July's Girl of the Month based on the Guiding Principle- Seek Excellence. Staff unanimously voted for Kentra based on her motivation and how she constantly sets a positive example for her peers. In the past four months, Kentra has earned 6 credits for a total of 10 credits now and has moved up to level 3 in the level system. She has shown us all that there is no stopping her now!
Congratulations on making girl of the month!