Welcome to Pace Orange
About Pace Orange
Pace Center for Girls, Orange was established in 1991 to provide girls in Central Florida with an opportunity for a better future. Since its founding, Pace Orange has helped more than 3,000 girls from Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties transform their lives. Located in Winter Park, FL, Pace is a day-program, empowering middle and high school-aged young women to complete their education, build self-esteem and develop strong life skills. Pace Orange employs a team of certified teachers and masters-level counselors trained in strength-based, trauma-informed and gender-responsive care to help each girl reach their potential. We believe there is greatness in every girl!
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Seventeen-year-old Jacqueline couldn’t believe it when she heard the news from her Academic Advisor. Not only had she finished the Pace program, but she earned enough credits to graduate a year early. Her hard work had paid off!
Jacqueline’s mom was deeply concerned about her daughter’s future when she was referred to Pace. A challenging past led Jacqueline down a tough road at an early age. Pace was the fresh start she needed. Jacqueline was nervous at first, but small class sizes and trained teachers who operated in strength-based and trauma-informed terms allowed her to find her way in the classroom again. A dedicated counselor supported her emotional needs and her “Spirited Girls!” teacher equipped her with the knowledge she needed to make better choices as a young woman. Soon, she became involved at school. Jacqueline began volunteering as a peer mentor for the Pace Big Sister program and was elected President of the Girls’ Leadership Council, Pace’s version of student government. Her grades improved and she earned the opportunity to go on a college tour, experience a personal branding and interview prep workshop as well as attend a STEM conference with her Math and Science teachers. These opportunities kept her focused on her goals and encouraged her to believe she could have a better future.
On her last day at Pace, Jacqueline encouraged her Pace sisters to keep going and trust the program. Her mom stood and thanked Pace for helping repair her relationship with her daughter. Now that Jacqueline has achieved her goal of graduating high school, she has her eyes on the future. She will be enrolling at Valencia College to pursue her next dream of becoming a college graduate.
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.