Volunteer FAQ

Pace Center for Girls is a specialized, year-round, academic day program serving at-risk teenage girls. We have been recognized as one of the most effective programs in the country for keeping girls from entering the juvenile justice system.

Anyone over the age of 18 can become a Volunteer with Pace. We have 21 Centers across Florida and opportunities to participate as an intern as well as various volunteer options.

You can complete our short survey to see if you meet our initial criteria required for volunteering. If you meet the requirements you can complete our interest form and someone from the Center will reach out to you shortly.

Yes, there are several options in which you can become a Community Partner with Pace. Simply follow the links to explore the many ways in which you can become a part of the Pace success story.

If you are looking for an internship opportunity contact your school advisor.

Yes, you will receive guidance and training specific to the type of volunteer or intern position you fill.

Once you complete an application you will receive an email confirmation. The Center will review your application and, if space is available, you will be contacted by the center for further action.

Because of COVID-19, our Centers are temporarily closed to guests to protect our girls and staff. However, you can call or email the center of choice to discuss the possibility of becoming a Pace volunteer. Go to Pacecenter.org and click on Locations to find the contact information.

At Pace, the safety and security of our girls is of the utmost importance. Any volunteer or intern position that has contact with our students or will be on school property during the school day is required to be fingerprinted and background screened. In addition, depending on the type of volunteer you are categorized as, you may be required to take a series of video training courses as well as a CPR/First Aid/AED course. Support and Special Event Volunteers are not required to submit fingerprints or have a background screen.

You will be required to retake a background screen, regardless of where or how old your current one is. If you have previously taken training courses offered through the Department of Juvenile Justice’s SkillPro system, you are not required to retake those, with the exception of two courses that do require periodic renewals.

Each Pace location has its own unique volunteer needs. It is best to talk with the local Pace Center.

With the exception of Support volunteers (Special Events), every volunteer and intern are required to be fingerprinted and background screened. In addition, CPR certification is required. Unless previously stated by the Center, the cost of the background screen and CPR course is the responsibility of the applicant.

Yes, we ask that you are prepared to volunteer a minimum of 10 hours per month. The Center, as much as possible, will work around your availability. Each Center has different needs at different times so it’s best to talk it over with staff at the center of your choice.

Yes, you must designate a Center of your choice when you complete your application.

The on-boarding process can take up to one month.