Drive to support girls' futures

Since 1985, Pace has been on a mission to find the great in every girl. Discover what drives us to carry this work forward.

Our Vision

Pace envisions a world where all girls and young women have POWER, in a JUST and EQUITABLE society.


Our Mission

Pace provides girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training, and advocacy.

Values & Guiding Principles

Pace Center for Girls is built on nine core principles that guide our work:

  • Honor the Female Spirit
  • Focus on Strengths
  • Act with integrity and positive intent
  • Embrace growth and change
  • Value the Wisdom of Time
  • Exhibit Courage
  • Seek Excellence
  • Create Partnerships
  • Invest in the Future

Our Three Pillars

Our three pillars lay the foundation for our approach to supporting and equipping girls throughout their journeys.

Gender-Responsive

The way that girls learn and develop is unique. We create an environment that responds to the needs of the girls so they can feel safe to develop meaningful and trusting relationships and embrace their capability, strength and autonomy

How we do it

  • Provide healthy communities for girls and young women
  • Build environments for girls to build healthy relationships with peers
  • Champion unique skills

Stength-Based

The way that girls learn and develop is unique. We create an environment that responds to the needs of the girls so they can feel safe to develop meaningful and trusting relationships and embrace their capability, strength and autonomy

How we do it

  • Day-to-day engagement with Pace counselors and staff
  • The Pace Growth & Change program encourages action and measures success
  • Counselors take a strengths-based approach in their one-on-one sessions with girls

Trauma-Informed

The way that girls learn and develop is unique. We create an environment that responds to the needs of the girls so they can feel safe to develop meaningful and trusting relationships and embrace their capability, strength and autonomy

How we do it

  • Team members are trained to recognize the symptoms of trauma and to understand how trauma can affect a girl’s behavior
  • We build long-term relationships with girls.
  • Knowledge of a girls’ past experiences, goals and challenges all inform care. We focus on safety and transparency at all times, with awareness of cultural, historical, and gender issues
FAQ
Frequently asked questions from girls, parents, and communities.

Pace has 23 Centers throughout the state of Florida, and partners with additional communities and school districts in Georgia and South Carolina to provide counseling services through our Reach program. Pace’s National Office is located in Jacksonville, FL. Find a location near you.

Pace helps girls who are struggling and who have experienced some form of trauma, to get their grades back on track, learn in a safe and supportive environment, get along better with friends and family and plan for a productive future. See if Pace is right for you.

Pace is a non-profit organization that provides academic classes, counseling and social services to middle and high school girls. Our programs work in alignment with local school districts’ standards to ensure each girl’s personalized achievement plan meets all academic requirements. 

Is Pace for you?

If you are interested in enrolling at Pace please complete our Program Inquiry Form to be in contact with the Pace location nearest you.

All of Pace's programs and services to our girls and their families are free. Pace is funded through state and local governments, with the support of local businesses and the community.

Pace’s hours of operation vary by location. Choose a location to find specific hours of operation.

We do not offer any residential programs. Pace offers day programs, and Reach programs which are held at our Centers, schools or within the local community.

Each girl’s time with Pace depends on their needs. Pace works with each girl to build an individualized plan based around their personal goals and academic requirements. Pace helps younger girls progress to transition back to their prior school or a similar situation. Pace works with older high school girls to progress toward graduation and create a plan for continued education or career.

Transportation options vary between Centers, with some centers providing bussing options and public transportation vouchers for girls. Please contact your nearest location for Center-specific transportation options.

The number of girls served by Pace varies depending on location. Pace focuses on maintaining small class sizes in order to provide individualized attention to each girl.

Pace offers a variety of ways for the community to support Pace. Volunteer and internship opportunities vary depending upon location.

Some Pace locations accept donations of gift cards, clothing, and other household items to help support our girls and their families. Please contact your nearest location for more information. Pace also accepts monetary donations online.

All current job openings are posted on Pace’s career portal. For additional information on the status of any openings please contact our recruiting team.