PACE Center for Girls, Pasco is located in New Port Richey, Florida. PACE was initially founded in 1985 and came to Pasco County in 1998. PACE Pasco serves local girls in the areas of academic improvement, social services, and transition support. The target population for PACE Pasco is at-risk girls between ages 11 to 17 who may benefit from a more personalized and supportive educational environment. At PACE Pasco, girls work to become productive citizens, who value their education, repair family relationships, celebrate their achievements and build self-confidence.
The PACE model focuses on long-term progress in academics and provides a stable environment for emotional growth. PACE Pasco recognizes a holistic and gender-responsive environment allows for girls to thrive mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
At PACE Pasco, our passion is derived from our students. We currently serve 52 girls from across Pasco County.
One of our students, Cari, experienced tremendous success while at PACE Pasco. Cari came to PACE Pasco dealing with issues related to academic underachievement, anger management, and lack of overall support. While at PACE Pasco, Cari developed positive peer and adult relationships that helped her find her voice and build self-confidence.
Cari will be graduating high school with a promising future ahead of her. She is interested in pursuing a career in forensics and plans to further her education at a state college. Cari represents an example of how the PACE model effectively prepares girls for a bright future.
"Cari represents an example of how the PACE model effectively prepares girls for a bright future."
How many girls served annually? Approximately 119
What is the average age? 15
Why do girls attend PACE Pasco? 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…
71% of our girls were failing one or more classes prior to coming to PACE
18% of our girls had a prior arrest before coming to PACE
20% of our girls used drugs and alcohol prior coming to PACE
What kind of success do girls have after leaving PACE?
93% had no involvement with Juvenile Justice within a year of leaving PACE!
95% improved their academic performance!
89% were in school or employed three years after leaving PACE!
7545 Little Road
New Port Richey, FL 34654
For enrollment referrals, please ask for:
Tina Shelton, Chair
Lifetime Honorary Member