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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.

Our Passion
Since our recent opening in January 2015, PACE Clay serves 32 girls.

J.D.’s Story


Clay JDJ.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."

 

After being at PACE for a few months, J.D. began to excel in her academic work. She became a PACE Girl Ambassador that allowed her to speak to groups about her experience at PACE. One of J.D.’s highlights at PACE was traveling to Tallahassee to meet and speak with the State Legislators.

She is a great ambassador for PACE and plans to attend Jacksonville University in spring 2016. J.D. wants to focus in the field of Information Technology.

Her words that she left us with were as powerful as they were touching. In a speech to all the girls at PACE, Clay, she said, “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!

 

 

MAR
8
Believing in Girls Luncheon
When: Wednesday, PACE Clay 

ADDRESS AND CONTACT

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Clay Destani framedDestani Shadrick,MPA This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

1241 Blanding Blvd

Orange Park, FL 32065

Phone: 904-458-0840
Fax: 904-276-4295

 

For enrollment referrals, please ask for:

Molly Stewart, Community Coordinator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone: (904) 458-0840 ext 1811
Cell: (904) 591-8833
Fax: (904) 276-4295
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