For 30 years PACE Center for Girls continues to be the sole provider, in Florida, for gender responsive prevention/intervention non-residential services to at-risk girls. The PACE Day Program consists of three components - education, counseling and case management, and a career/vocational focus on the future as well as follow-up transition services.
PACE's gender-responsive culture provides a safe environment that celebrates girls, and takes into account how girls learn and develop with staff who understand the lives of girls and can respond to their strengths and challenges. While receiving services, girls find a supportive environment many have not had in a long time or perhaps never had in their young lives.
PACE Clay, the 19th PACE centers opened its doors on January 7, 2015.
Since our recent opening in January 2015, PACE Clay serves 32 girls.
J.D. is 18 and desires to be a college graduate. When she came to PACE in 2014, J.D. struggled with school attendance. She had an unstable home environment and was failing classes. She was full of worry and anxiety. She had no friends and felt lonely. When she heard of PACE, she wasn’t sure they could help her. What she found was a staff that cared and listened and encouraged her.
"Your past (DJJ) does not have to define you. One of my favorite quotes was in a Pixar movie: Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present."
How many girls served annually? Approximately 100
What is the average age? 15
Why do girls attend PACE Clay? 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…
74% of our girls were failing one or more classes prior to coming to PACE
25% of our girls had a prior arrest before coming to PACE
34% of our girls used drugs and alcohol prior coming to PACE
What kind of success do girls have after leaving PACE?
71% were in school or employed three years after leaving PACE!
82% improved their academic performance!
1241 Blanding Blvd
Orange Park, FL 32065
For enrollment referrals, please ask for:
Phone: (904) 458-0840 ext 1811
Cell: (904) 591-8833
Fax: (904) 276-4295
Girl Referral Form