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 18 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.
Damaris was honored as Girl of the Month in October. The October Girl of the Month needed to display the Guiding Principal of “Focus on Strengths.” During her year at PACE, Damaris has focused on strengths by using her leadership skills and intelligence to truly excel and make academic progress. At PACE, Damaris serves as a Peer Buddy helping new student adjust and feel comfortable in the new setting. Damaris has also been able to recover credits and now is back on track to graduate high school in June 2015. Congratulations, Damaris!
Haley W. was selected as November Girl of the Month by living the Guidance Principle “Invest in the Future.” Throughout her time at PACE, Haley has strived to accomplish her goals and plan for her bright future. Haley went above and beyond in November to plan for her future by taking full advantage of PACE’s College and Career Fair. At the Fair, Haley spoke to representatives from Hi-Tech and planned a meeting outside of school to discuss further. Haley has now secured her future plans to continue her education at Erwin Technical School and attend the Culinary Arts program. Way to go, Haley!
Congratulations on making girl of the month!
In June PACE Hillsborough hosted a Career Day for our girls to learn more about potential career paths and to practice skills in order to be successful in their future workplaces. The girls were able to speak with representatives from Tech Data, Nielson, USF Student Health Services, US Army, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Mary Kay Cosmetics, U.S. Legal Support, Holland and Knight LLP, and Paul Mitchell to find out about career opportunities in a variety of fields. The representatives from each organization were able to share important information about qualifications, experience, and education requirements to help the girls start making plans for their futures.
In addition to mingling with potential employers, the girls also participated in workshops to prepare for their futures. Ms. Katie McGill, the Executive Director of Dress for Success, presented tips and tricks for dressing appropriately in the workplace. The girls were also able to practice interview skills one-on-one to learn the do's and don'ts about landing their dream job through a strong interview. Finally, the girls each were able to work on their resumes in order to ensure that they are prepared to apply the jobs.
We graciously thank each of the volunteers who were able to help make our Career Day so successful. Through the workshops and conversations with employers, our PACE Girls are well-prepared to be successful employees in many different vocations!