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.
Alexis was selected by staff for girl of the month for August. Alexis Mc. is a young lady that has overcome unimaginable obstacles in her lifetime. This is a young lady who possesses the strength to continue and move forward despite what life puts in her path. To define how Alexis “Exhibits Courage”, is to say that she has the capacity to smile despite what she is going on in her life and that she focuses on her goals, both personal and academic no matter what stumbling block she may encounter.
Montrese was chosen unanimously by staff as Girl of the Month for September. All students strived to follow our guiding principle of the month of September which is to “Seek Excellence”. Montrese did this in such an exemplary way that it stood out. She maintained academic excellence, as well as excellent overall conduct within the center. Montrese moved up to level 4 in the month of September while she performed her duties as a student ambassador and a peer buddy. Montrese also actively participates in extra-curricular activities and designed posters for the talent show. She is looking forward transitioning in January to start the next chapter in her life in which she will be focusing on pre-law studies.
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!