Welcome to Pace Broward

About Pace Broward

Pace Center for Girls Broward was established in July 1992 under the leadership of Aggie Pappas, currently Pace’s Vice President of Program Innovation & Strategic Implementation, at the urging of leaders in the community to support adolescent girls with a history of adverse childhood experiences get the help they need to heal their past and build a better future.

Under the leadership of Executive Director, Sara Nunez, the Day Program continues to make positive changes in the lives of girls ages 11-18 through a strength-based year-round academic program, partnered with supportive, trauma-informed counseling. Our campus in Wilton Manors provides girls access to small classrooms and special learning accommodations built to suit their needs in a safe, comfortable environment.

In 2010, new program components were added through The Pace Reach Counseling Center, offering New D.A.Y. (Diversion Alternatives for Youth), therapeutic counseling, Heathy Youth Transitions (HYT), and tutoring services. In 2015, “Girls Court “was created to offer therapeutic services to some of Broward’s most vulnerable population – girls in the delinquency system – to help reduce their sanctions while giving them much needed trauma-informed therapeutic services.

Girls and their families can attend our Reach programs on-site at our campus in Wilton Manors or our newly acquired offices at Broward College’s North Campus. In addition, our therapists provide community outreach services throughout the community.

Now in our 28th year of providing services, Pace Broward has served over 8,500 girls throughout the county through our academic Day Program and Pace Reach therapy programs.

“Never forget what matters most as you pursue your life’s journey – to always be good to yourself, to honor your female spirit, to embrace life’s challenges as opportunities for growth and change, and continue to nurture trusting and healthy relationships as you navigate life’s journey.” (Aggie Pappas, MSW, Vice President of Program Innovation & Strategic Implementation, Pace Center for Girls Broward)

Services we offer

  • Reach
  • Girls Leadership Council
  • Goal Setting and Ongoing Process Monitoring
  • Academic Education
  • Counseling and Mental Health Services
  • Service Learning
  • Career Preparation

Resources

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Get in touch

Pace Center for Girls - Broward

2225 North Andrews Ave.

Wilton Manors, FL 33311

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For enrollment referrals or questions, please ask for:

Day Program:

Jennifer Marquez, ext. 3840 or email


Reach program:

Orlane Cameron, ext. 3834 or email

Stories from Pace Broward
Victoria's Story

"Before coming to Pace, I was skipping school [and] experimenting with drugs. I was constantly running away from home and was admitted to a mental health center. I lost my father when I was 17 months old and, while growing up, I had a terrible relationship with my mother. At 15, I was referred to Pace Center for Girls Broward. Even though I was supposed to be in 10th grade, I enrolled as a freshman in high school because my credits were so low.

"Through the help of the teachers, counselors and staff at Pace, I grew to [be] the person I am today. I worked with my counselor to talk about my personal life, cope with my dad’s death, and build healthy relationships. I am now happy and have a better relationship with my mom. She is my best friend; we can talk about anything. I graduated from Pace earlier than expected in December 2019 and started classes at Broward College in January 2020. I plan to become a nurse because I want to help others and make a difference."

Sabrina's story

Sabrina enrolled at Pace Broward three years ago and through hard work and extra support from her care team and the team at Reach Healthy Youth Transition program, she plans to graduate and continue her education in hopes of becoming a social worker. In her time at Pace, she’s represented and advocated for the program at several public speaking events, including the Future First TV Show, Girls Coordinating Council Report Launch, and the In Solidarity We Rise conference.

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.