Welcome to Pace Alachua

About Pace Alachua

Pace Center for Girls Alachua, located in Gainesville, Florida, was opened in 1998. Since that time, Pace Alachua has served over 1,500 girls by providing holistic social, academic, and career-building services to girls in need in our community.

Our passion

Pace Alachua is dedicated to serving at-promise girls by helping them find their voice and providing tools to help them reach their full potential. Most girls come to us at a very critical time in their lives. A time when they are faced with challenging decisions and life circumstances that could shape the course of their future. We in turn provide our girls with the support and resources they need to position them for a better future through education, counseling, training, and advocacy.

Services we offer


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Get in touch

Pace Center for Girls - Alachua

1010 SE 4th Avenue

Gainesville, FL 32601

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Phone: 352-374-8799

For enrollment referrals, please ask for:


Jessica Bone email

352-374-8799, Ext. 8721

Stories from Pace Alachua
Shanterika’s Story

I was broken when I came to Pace. At twelve, I became responsible for taking care of my siblings, my mother, who had health issues, and an abusive stepdad. It was hard!    

Pace saved my life. At Pace, I received the mental health counseling I needed to move beyond my trauma and heal along with the academic support to catch up in school. I graduated early and am headed to college with scholarships!

Girls attend Pace to get appropriate counseling and education in a nurturing environment. To become enrolled, they must be between 11 to 17 years old, at least one year behind in school, and have 3 or more 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.