Welcome to Pace Polk

About Pace Polk

Pace Center for Girls Polk, located in Lakeland, Florida, opened in 2001. Since that time, Pace Polk has served more than 1,500 girls from Polk County through our academic Day Program and Pace Reach therapy programs.

Each girl attending Pace Polk receives a free city bus pass for transportation to and from Pace Polk. Two healthy meals are provided each day that aligns with the National School Lunch Program. Girls have an opportunity to earn two Polk County School Board credits during the summertime.

Services we offer

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


Stories from Pace Polk

Destini's Story

“Before coming to Pace, I struggled with anxiety and never felt I could be myself. I was nervous when I started. Once I saw how the staff engaged with the students instead of pushing them to the side, I knew I could ask for help. I could see how much the staff cared about the girls and how much the girls cared about each other. There are many reasons a girl could be at Pace, but at the end of the day, we're all women and lift one another up. All girls deserve the opportunity to start somewhere that will put them on the path to achieving their goals.”

Get in touch

Pace Center for Girls - Polk

213 Tyler Avenue

Lakeland, FL 33801

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Phone: 863-688-5596

For enrollment referrals, please ask for:

Jesilynn Pfeffer email
863-688-5596 Ext.5516