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.
Pace envisions a world where all girls and young women have POWER, in a JUST and EQUITABLE society.
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.
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
Every girl brings something unique to the table. We focus on developing these unique characteristics, fostering a girl's talents and positive attributes to help her achieve her goals.
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 can alter the course of a girl's life. Trauma-informed means acknowledging that trauma may be driving unhealthy behaviors, and working to help heal and empower girls.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.