PACE Broward was established in July 1992 at the urging of leaders in the community realizing a delinquency prevention/intervention program for young and adolescent girls was needed in Broward County. Housed on a beautiful, safe, well-lit campus in Wilton Manors, the Day Program under the leadership of founding Executive Director, Aggie Pappas, continues to make positive changes in the lives of girls ages 12-18.
In 2010, new program components were added through The PACE Reach Center, an alternative to girls not wanting to enroll in the academic program. We offer New D.A.Y. (Diversion Alternatives for Youth) as well as therapeutic counseling through Reach Counseling. In 2015 Girls Court was created offering therapeutic services to some of Broward’s most vulnerable population-girls in the delinquency system-to help reduce their sanctions while giving them much needed services.
Now in our 23rd year of providing services, PACE Broward has served over 4,000 girls in the academic and counseling Day Program and in the PACE Reach Center.
“Never forget what matters most as you pursue your life’s journey – to always be good to yourself, to honor your female spirit, to embrace life’s challenges as opportunities for growth and change, and continue to nurture trusting and healthy relationships as you navigate life’s journey,” Aggie Pappas, MSW, Executive Director, PACE Broward.
In early 2008, Vikktoria felt abandoned. Her stepfather was abusive toward her and her mother, but her mother chose to remain in the marriage. Fortunately for Vikktoria, her grandmother opened her heart and her home and knew exactly what Vikktoria needed – PACE Center for Girls. After enrolling at PACE, Vikktoria quickly improved her GPA and began learning how to heal her pain. Following graduation, Vikktoria enrolled in Broward College and, with PACE’s help and encouragement, was able to acquire a position in the Broward State Attorney’s Office. Four years later, Vikktoria has been promoted twice and earned her associates degree. She is now attending Florida Atlantic University working toward her bachelor’s in psychology.
How many girls served annually? Approximately 158
What is the average age? 15
Why do girls attend PACE Broward? Girls attend PACE to get appropriate counseling and education in a nurturing environment. To become enrolled, they must be between 12 to 17 years old, at least one year behind in school, and have 4 or more risk factors.
What are risk factors? Risk factors are the underlying issues that lead girls to academic underachievement. These are issues such as: foster home placement, substance abuse (by girl or family member), domestic violence, incarceration of a family member, neglect, physical/emotional/sexual abuse, grief, emotional health concerns, low income, and more.
Think about these statistics…
63% were failing one or more classes prior to attending PACE
22% had a prior arrest before attending PACE
19% of our girls used drugs and alcohol prior coming to PACE
What kind of success do girls have after leaving PACE?
92% had no involvement with Juvenile Justice within a year of leaving PACE!
92% were in school or employed three years after leaving PACE!
89% improved their academic performance!
2225 North Andrews Ave.
Wilton Manors, FL 33311
For enrollment referrals, please ask for:
Jamie Finizio Bascombe, Esq., Chair -- Finizio & Finizio Law Offices, PA
Barbara B. Wagner, Esq., Secretary -- Wagenheim & Wagner, PA
Thomas T. Coon, Jr., Esq.,Treasurer -- Capstone Title Partners
Jennifer O'Flannery Anderson, Ph.D. -- Nova Southeastern University
Penelope Blair -- U.S. Trust Bank of America Private Wealth Management, Bank of America Investment Services, Inc.
Eileen D'Ippolito, Citrix
Robert F. Elgidely, Esq. – Genovese Joblove, Battista, P.A.
Mary Jane Graff -- Community Volunteer
Linda Haury -- Tyco International Ltd.
Captain Jan Jordan –Broward Sheriff’s Office
Jené P. Kapela
Judge Giuseppina Miranda – 17th Judicial Circuit of Florida, Civil Division
Lynda Napolitano-- CenterState Bank
Mayor John P. "Jack" Seiler, Esq. -- Seiler, Sautter, Zaden, Rimes & Wahlbrink
Mark Snead -- Retired, IT Consultant
Karen Unger, Affinity Franchise
Lisa Wendt, PACE Alumna – Homemaker
Jane Wexton, Esq. – Retired, General Electric, GE Global Banking Business
Richard Zaden, Esq. -- Seiler, Sautter, Zaden, Rimes & Wahlbrink