Welcome to Pace Miami
About Pace Miami
Pace Miami opened its doors to the Miami Community on March 6, 2014. Pace Miami is an innovative prevention and intervention program that addresses the needs of Girls from the ages of 11-17, who have suffered trauma and consequently are failing in school or at risk of becoming involved in the Juvenile Justice system. The model is a holistic approach combining academic services and social services therefore offering small classroom instruction, one-on-one counseling, case management, health and wellness coaching and positive decision making. We believe this model encourages our Girls to find and use their voices and empowers them to realize their true and full potential. In 2015, Pace Miami was awarded the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Novo Award for Nonprofit Business Innovative Excellence. In addition, they were also the proud recipients of Switchboard’s Innovation All-Star award presented to a non-profit organization that demonstrates creative and non-traditional approaches to solving community and organizational challenges.
“To see the transition of our Girls from a place of doubt, insecurity, lack of self-awareness and disinterest to the blossoming of understanding, strength, and personal empowerment is amazing - they transform into a beautiful Butterfly. Our Girls are resilient, brave, funny, full of life and inquisitive – they have an important place in the Miami Community. Every Miami Pace team member is committed to helping our Girls realize they are valued and loved.” -Sherry Thompson Giordano, Executive Director, Pace Miami
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I’ve been at Pace for almost a year and I’m the oldest girl at my school. I’m 18 years old. The Pace age stops at 17 but since they have experienced the growth and change I have exhibited these past few months my time was extended to August 2015.
Pace has helped me in lots of ways. Since I’ve been at Pace I’ve almost doubled by GPA. For me this is a really big deal because I’ve struggled in math and multiple subjects since I’ve attended school. I’ve taken the math EOC three times and did not pass. When I came to Pace everything changed for the better. I passed the test with flying colors. Not only did Pace help me with my school but they have helped me to break down a wall that I built out of anger. When I first began to attend Pace I was very troubled and windows always seemed very bleak for me. There were days I would just shut people out and deal with things on my own. That never solved anything for me that just wore me down. Pace made me feel welcomed and at home. I began to open up and let the negative things out and make room for all the positive. Most importantly Pace gave me hope, faith, and showed me love. Not only has Pace help me it is the beginning of helping society.
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.