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.
Savannah J. enrolled at PACE Broward in August 2011 at the age of 15. Savannah needed PACE services due to substance use, involvement with the juvenile delinquency system, strained family relationships, and overall negative behavior issues. Savannah was not happy with herself or the direction her life was taking. While at PACE, through hard work and a focus on achieving her established goals Savannah’s self-esteem greatly improved. She recognized she could accomplish whatever she set her mind to doing. Savannah developed dreams for her life she wanted to fulfill.
Following her transition from PACE in 2012 and until early 2015, Savannah took advantage of vocational/transition services available to her at PACE. She joined AA and began taking full responsibility for her life. One step in this process was to come to PACE to advocate for a college scholarship. She was nervous but very mature in her presentation to the Scholarship Committee. Savannah shared with the committee how she had maintained sobriety for a year and a half and was working full-time at a restaurant. Already enrolled at Broward College, she was achieving good grades but having difficulty paying tuition and buying books for her classes. Savannah was awarded the scholarship to Broward College that day, and she has been working diligently ever since. In fact, she is graduating this summer with an associate’s degree! Savannah is currently living independently, a full time student, and now working at Atlantic Shores Hospital as a mental health technician. Her position with Atlantic Shores has been a great introduction to her chosen career since Savannah will be attending FAU to continue her studies toward a bachelor’s degree in the field of social work.
"She recognized she could accomplish whatever she set her mind to doing. Savannah developed dreams for her life she wanted to fulfill."
It is a joy to see a young lady find her voice and have the determination to make her life better. Savannah has done both. She has expressed great appreciation toward the program and staff at PACE. These factors as well as her desire to give back to her community will formulate a future for Savannah to make a difference in the lives of others. We will always be grateful to have contributed to her success.
How many girls served annually? Approximately 165
What is the average age? 14.8
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…
55% were failing one or more classes prior to attending PACE
29% had a prior arrest before attending PACE
24% of our girls used drugs and alcohol prior coming to PACE
What kind of success do girls have after leaving PACE?
87% had no involvement with Juvenile Justice within a year of leaving PACE!
94% were in school or employed three years after leaving PACE!
90% improved their academic performance!
2225 North Andrews Ave.
Wilton Manors, FL 33311
For enrollment referrals, please ask for:
Tabitha Bush, intake counselor, ext. 3829
Jamie Finizio Bascombe, Esq., Chair -- Finizio & Finizio Law Offices, PA
Barbara B. Wagner, Secretary -- Wagenheim & Wagner, PA
Thomas T. Conn, Jr., Treasurer -- Capstone Title Partners
Jennifer O'Flannery Anderson, Ph.D. -- Nova Southeastern University
Sheila Bechert -- Red Trombone Gallery
Penelope Blair -- U.S. Trust Bank of America Private Wealth Management, Bank of America Investment Services, Inc.
Mary-Jane Graff -- Community Volunteer
Linda Haury -- Tyco International Ltd.
Judy Joffe -- NCCI Holdings, Inc.
Lynda Napolitano-- CenterState Bank
Judge Stacy M. Ross -- 17th Judicial Circuit of Florida
Mayor John P. "Jack" Seiler -- Seiler, Zaden, Rimes & Wahlbrink
Vanessa Serrano, Esq. -- Broad and Cassel
Mark Snead -- Retired, IT Consultant
Leslie M. Stevens -- Retired
Lisa Wendt, PACE Alumna -- Homemaker
Richard Zaden, Esq. -- Seiler, Zaden, Rimes & Wahlbrink