Girls’ community experiences are related to their socioeconomic status, education, employment, and social support networks. These community characteristics have the potential to drive the healthy development of young women and girls or to sustain community inequities. Acknowledging the power of a community and promoting healthy communities supports girls’ healthy development.
The Pace Community Collaborative approach aims to mitigate and disrupt inequities through a data-driven process that engages community stakeholders in identifying, prioritizing, and influencing a community’s policies and practices that impact the wellbeing of girls, including their involvement in systems such as juvenile justice or child welfare. It also seeks to strengthen and promote community norms to ensure girls are socially, emotionally, and physically healthy, educated, and socioeconomically stable.
Pace serves as a community catalyst community by convening a Girls Coordinating Council (GCC) so that stakeholders can influence favorable conditions for girls and young women. Each community has its own unique set of activities, outputs and outcomes depending upon its needs, strengths, priority goals, target population, existing resources, and capacity.
Pace Center for Girls’ first community collaborative was initiated in 2017 in Broward County, FL as a collaborative of organizations and community advocates to support the healthy development of girls, through the Girls Coordinating Council (GCC) of Broward County. GCC’s have since been implemented in three locations: Lee County, Hillsborough County and Macon, Georgia. The GCC in Macon was a key step in our growth, as it was the first community in which Pace had no prior presence or set of services. As a result of the Macon GCC, Pace has launched the Pace Reach Program to ensure more girls have access to gender responsive, trauma-informed, and strengths-based services.
For more information on Pace's Community Collaborative approach please contact CommunityCollaborative@pacecenter.org.