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About Pace Escambia-Santa Rosa


Pace Center for Girls Escambia Santa Rosa began at a small facility behind University Mall in 1994. One year later, we moved to a 4000 square foot facility on the Pensacola State College campus, and have enjoyed a partnership with PSC for the past twenty years. In 2013 we relocated to our current 13,500 square foot facility at 1028 Underwood Avenue. Since opening our doors in 1994, we have served more than 2,000 girls through three distinct components: Academic, Social Services and Transition Services.

Our Passion
“When you're surrounded by people who share a passionate commitment
around a common purpose, anything is possible.” - Howard Schultz

Pace believes in girls. We are PASSIONATELY COMMITTED to empowering and inspiring young women in our community. At Pace Escambia Santa Rosa, lives are changed every day.

Loni’s Story

Escambia LoniLoni readily admits that her home life wasn’t always the best. She says, “In ninth grade, my mom started dating an abusive drug addict. But I was an all-star softball player and thought ‘no one can touch me, nothing can harm me – I’m a jock.’ I was wrong. The constant drama at home started affecting me and bled into my school life. I started skipping class and ditching school. Things continued to escalate with my mom and her boyfriend while my grades dropped. I started using pills and weed to calm my constant anxiety. Eventually my mom broke things off with the boyfriend and filed for a restraining order, but only after he threw her through a window, pinned her to the ground and threatened to kill her.”


 "I was an all-star softball player and thought no one can touch me, nothing can harm me – I’m a jock. I was wrong. "

In the middle of her challenges at home, Loni found out she was pregnant and thought she had no choice but to drop out of school and become a teen parent. An unexpected miscarriage led her to refocus on high school, but classmates bullied her for losing the child. She and her mother found PACE Center for Girls at a time when she had no interest in graduating, but once she gave PACE a chance, her GPA rose. She looks forward to graduating high school then going to college to study graphic design and get an MBA.




Escambia Fast Facts Sheet 2019 (click to download)

How many girls served annually? Approximately 126
What is the average age? 16


Why do girls attend Pace Escambia-Santa Rosa? Girls attend Pace to get appropriate counseling and education in a nurturing environment. To be eligible, girls must be between the ages of 11-17, enrolled in grade 6th-12th, and present 3 or more risk factors.


What are risk factors? Risk factors are the underlying issues that lead girls to academic under-achievement. 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.


Think about these statistics…

74% of our girls were failing one or more classes prior to attending Pace

28% of our girls had prior arrests before attending Pace

15% of our girls used drugs prior to attending Pace


What kind of success do girls have after leaving Pace?

94% had no involvement with Juvenile Justice within a year of leaving Pace!

100% were in school or employed three years after leaving Pace!

90% improved their academic performance!


Escambia-Santa Rosa Upcoming Events





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1028 Underwood Avenue
Pensacola, FL 32504

Phone: 850-478-7060
Fax:    850-494-0840

For enrollment referrals, please ask for:
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850-478-7060 ext. 7006


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Jenn Bear, Chair
Christina Hawkins, Vice Chair
Lisa Combs, Treasurer
Denise Ables, Secretary

John Kane, Member At Large
Jerre Peacock, Member At Large
Cyndi Warren, Immediate Past Chair

Mary Jane Bass, Member
Karen Brown, Member
Cathy Butler, Member
Susan Finger, Member
Amber Gordon, Member
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