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About PACE Treasure Coast

Treasure Coast
PACE Center for Girls Treasure Coast currently serves St. Lucie County and was founded in 1998 in Ft Pierce, Florida. PACE Treasure Coast is one of 19 centers across the state of Florida and serves a capacity of 50 girls. Since 1998, PACE Treasure Coast has served over 847 girls by providing Academic, Social Services and Transition Services in a year round day treatment program.

 

Our Passion

We strive to provide a holistic treatment program that focuses on the strengths of our girls, each girl’s unique potential, and connecting her back to her community so that she can thrive after leaving our program. Very quickly after coming to PACE Treasure Coast our girls begin to blossom, and brighten, and feel safe to grow, and mature, to become a positive, productive member of her family and community.

Skye’s Story

AR TreasureCoastSkyeSkye worked tenaciously to graduate from PACE in August 2015. She entered PACE Treasure Coast as a 16-year-old 8th grader. She had quit traditional school and was attempting to learn through Florida Virtual School, but her academic challenges continued there as well. Feelings of failure turned into depression and hopelessness. Skye just wanted to succeed just like her peers and it was her desire for success that led her to PACE. At PACE, Skye reignited her passion for education and found the small class-sizes were conducive to her learning. With the support of her PACE teachers and counselors, Skye began to reach her full potential. Not only did she find success in school, but Skye overcame significant adversity at home and has emerged from all of her struggles as strong, focused and determined to invest in her Future. Skye has been accepted to start college in the fall.

 

"Skye just wanted to succeed just like her peers and it was her desire for success that led her to PACE."

 

 

 


How many girls served annually? Approximately 85
What is the average age? 15

 

Why do girls attend PACE Treasure Coast? 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…

56% of our girls were failing one or more classes prior to coming to PACE
29% of our girls had a prior arrest before coming to PACE
24% of our girls used drugs and alcohol prior coming to PACE

 

What kind of success do girls have after leaving PACE?
85% had no involvement with Juvenile Justice within a year of leaving PACE!
97% improved their academic performance!
70% were in school or employed three years after leaving PACE!

ADDRESS AND CONTACT

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Vickie Colter   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

3651 Virginia Avenue
Fort Pierce, FL  34981

Phone: 772-595-8880
Fax:

For enrollment referrals, please ask for:

Jocelyn Jefferson This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
772-595-8880 ext. 8820

 

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