PACE Miami opened its doors to the Miami Community on March 6, 2014. PACE Miami is an innovative prevention and intervention program that addresses the needs of Girls from the ages of 11-17, who have suffered trauma and consequently are failing in school or at risk of becoming involved in the Juvenile Justice system. The model is an holistic approach combining academic services and social services therefore offering small classroom instruction, one-on-one counselling, case management, health and wellness coaching and positive decision making. We believe this model encourages our Girls to find and use their voices and empowers them to realize their true and full potential. In 2015, PACE Miami was awarded the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Novo Award for Nonprofit Business Innovative Excellence. In addition, they were also the proud recipients of Switchboard’s Innovation All-Star award presented to a non-profit organization that demonstrates creative and non-traditional approaches to solving community and organizational challenges.
“To see the transition of our Girls from a place of doubt, insecurity, lack of self-awareness and disinterest to the blossoming of understanding, strength, and personal empowerment is amazing - they transform into a beautiful Butterfly. Our Girls are resilient, brave, funny, full of life and inquisitive – they have an important place in the Miami Community. Every Miami PACE team member is committed to helping our Girls realize they are valued and loved.” -Sherry Thompson Giordano, Executive Director, PACE Miami
I’ve been at PACE for almost a year and I’m the oldest girl at my school. I’m 18 years old. The PACE age stops at 17 but since they have experienced the growth and change I have exhibited these past few months my time was extended to August 2015.
PACE has helped me in lots of ways. Since I’ve been at PACE I’ve almost doubled by GPA. For me this is a really big deal because I’ve struggled in math and multiple subjects since I’ve attended school. I’ve taken the math EOC three times and did not pass. When I came to PACE everything changed for the better. I passed the test with flying colors. Not only did PACE help me with my school but they have helped me to break down a wall that I built out of anger. When I first began to attend PACE I was very troubled and windows always seemed very bleak for me. There were days I would just shut people out and deal with things on my own. That never solved anything for me that just wore me down. PACE made me feel welcomed and at home. I began to open up and let the negative things out and make room for all the positive. Most importantly PACE gave me hope, faith, and showed me love. Not only has PACE help me it is the beginning of helping society.
“Every wound is a womb! Through the opening caused by pain is the entrance of something that goes through gestation and ends in birth. Out of the wound in Adam’s side, God birthed Eve. Out of the wound in Jesus’ side, God birthed the Church! Every hurt gives birth to something that will either be bitter or a blessing! God never wastes a hurt! Trust God through the pain and keep a right attitude. What will you allow to be born out of the wound in your life? Blessing or bitterness?”—Bishop Dale C. Bronner
How many girls served annually? Approximately 121
What is the average age? 15
Why do girls attend PACE Miami? 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…
77% of our girls were failing one or more classes prior to coming to PACE
28% of our girls had a prior arrest before coming to PACE
16% of our girls used drugs and alcohol prior coming to PACE
What kind of success do girls have after leaving PACE?
96% had no involvement with Juvenile Justice within a year of leaving PACE!
93% improved their academic performance!
76% were in school or employed three years after leaving PACE!
1400 NW 36th Street
Miami, FL 33142
For enrollment referrals, please ask for:
Judge Lester Langer, Chair -- Retired Administrative Juvenile Judge
Isis Carbajal de Garcia, Vice Chair -- Deputy Counsel, FIU
Dale Dobuler, Secretary -- Ver Ploeg & Lumpkin
Mayor Cindy Lerner, Treasurer -- Mayor, Pinecrest, FL
Karen Lithgow -- Senior Vice President of Corporate Marketing for ADT
Elizabeth D. Manso-- President, Brigade Bookkeeping
Sonya Strnad -- Senior Counsel, Holland & Knight
Mike Tomas -- CEO, BioHeart
Victoria Villalba -- CEO, Victoria & Associates
Michael Vorbe -- CEO TAV Zone Inc.
Jill M. Szymanski -- Assistant VP, Performance Improvement, Baptist Hospital of Miami
Loreal A. Arscott, Esq. -- Attorney, Ayenn C. Stark & Associates
Jacqueline Coleman -- PACE Miami Young Professionals Representative