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About PACE Orange

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PACE Center for Girls Orange is located in Winter Park, Orange and was founded in 1991. Since opening, PACE Orange has served girls through three distinct components: Academic, Social Services and Transition Services.

Veronica’s Story

Orange VeronicaVeronica came to PACE Orange as a freshman in November of 2014 because she was deemed ungovernable by her parents, had a history of mental health concerns and was not achieving academic success in public school. During her first few weeks at PACE, she would not speak with staff or girls or even respond to requests. Counseling and Academic staff began intensive work with Veronica, taking a trauma informed approach and building a trusting relationship that allowed Veronica to blossom.

 

After a few weeks, Veronica began to open up about her past as well as the obstacles that she faced. Staff created a plan and worked with her parents to ensure Veronica had the tools and services needed in order to succeed. As a result of her time at PACE, Veronica’s attendance in school improved, she began building relationships and trust with students and staff, she took additional classes online, became an honor roll student, and even student of the month. During the summer, Veronica completed 5 online classes in addition to her schedule. When she graduates from PACE, she will have the credits required to be a Junior in High School.


 

"As a result of her time at PACE, Veronica’s attendance in school improved, she began building relationships and trust with students and staff, she took additional classes online, became an honor roll student, and even student of the month."

 

 


How many girls served annually? Approximately 99
What is the average age? 15

 

Why do girls attend PACE Orange? Girls attend PACE to get appropriate counseling and education in a nurturing environment. To become enrolled, they must be between 11 to 17 years old.

 

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…

85% of our girls were failing one or more classes prior to coming to PACE

32% of our girls had a prior arrest before coming to PACE
13% 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!
82% improved their academic performance!
91% were in school or employed three years after leaving PACE!

 

ADDRESS AND CONTACT

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Terra L. Harris   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

445 N Wymore Road
Winter Park, FL  32789

Phone: 407-992-0456
Fax:  407-992-0455

For enrollment referrals, please ask for:
Adel Ceballos-Rosario, Outreach Counselor

407-992-0456  ext. 4911

 

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