PACE Manatee started changing girls’ lives in 1989. Located on 26th Street in Bradenton, our girls are between the ages of 11 and 18, in middle or high school. PACE helps each girl achieve her academic goals, develop real world skills and prepare for the promise of her future.
PACE is in 19 communities throughout Florida. We believe that EVERY girl, no matter what her life circumstances are or have been, deserves an opportunity for a better future. PACE has served almost 1,500 girls in Manatee County. Girls like Krizzel, who started her journey at PACE when she was 14.
Coping with the stress of being a teenager prevented Krizzel from reaching her full academic potential. Small classes, combined with staff ready to support and guide Krizzel, allowed her to manage her stress AND graduate from high school. Today Krizzel is 20 years old, a graduate of Kaiser University and employed as a medical assistant. Changing lives, one girl at a time…
"Changing lives, one girl at a time"
How many girls served annually? Approximately 109
What is the average age? 15
Why do girls attend PACE Manatee? 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…
79% of our girls were failing one or more classes prior to coming to PACE
23% of our girls had a prior arrest before coming to PACE
26% of our girls used drugs and alcohol prior coming to PACE
What kind of success do girls have after leaving PACE?
95% had no involvement with Juvenile Justice within a year of leaving PACE!
98% improved their academic performance!
88% were in school or employed three years after leaving PACE!
3508 26th St W
Bradenton, FL 34205
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