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About PACE Volusia-Flagler

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PACE Center for Girls Volusia – Flagler began serving girls and young women in 1996. Christina Davenport was the first President and Carol Wick was the first Executive Director. The Center was initially housed on Magnolia Street in Daytona Beach, and moved to the Maude Rigby Center in Ormond Beach in 2006. 

Our Passion

Since our founding, the Volusia – Flagler Center has served more than 1,200 girls. We are proud of the accomplishments of our girls, many of whom have finished high school, are employed or continuing their education. A member of the Class of 2005, Stephanie Combs shared this story of how PACE helped her transform her life.

Stephanie's Story


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I grew up in a very dysfunctional household as many children do today. My father was an alcoholic, IV drug user and my mother suffered from poly-substance abuse. My brothers and I were often left to fend for ourselves. My parents never showed love to us or each other. My father would often physically abuse my mother and older brothers in front of me. My brothers and I began drinking alcohol and abusing drugs as early as twelve. My parents were so wrapped up in their addiction they never noticed our drug use nor did they oppose it when they did. When I was 14 I was arrested with my oldest brother and my father, and I had to spend a month in the Juvenile Detention Center. While there, I missed the first semester of my freshman year and decided not to return to high school upon my release.

About four months after my release I decided that I wanted to go back to school. I had a friend that went to PACE and loved it. I looked up the number myself and called to set up my intake appointment. It took all I had to get my mother up to take me that day and that day forever changed my life. I started PACE in Jan. 2003; I was half a year behind in school and emotionally destroyed. At PACE I attended multiple counseling sessions each week where I was allowed to express myself freely. I was allowed to be angry, or sad, and I always had a shoulder to cry on. The staff became my rock. They encouraged me to be a better me. I was also able to be a fourteen year old girl. I could be silly or catty and it was okay. I didn’t have to be the parent for those 8 hours. PACE was my second home, my favorite home! Above all PACE showed me love and compassion. People who didn’t even know me loved me, and for the first time I actually knew what love was. Most importantly I never felt judged!

 

"Above all Pace showed me love and compassion.  People who didnt even know me loved me, and for the first time I actually knowe what love was.  Most importantly I never felt judged""

 

I very well could have continued the same lifestyle my parents did. My oldest brother has spent almost his entire life in prison, and my other brother passed away when I was 19. I tried to change cycle for my youngest brother who I raised, and I can’t express how grateful I am that this program existed. I don’t know where I would be if I had continued on the path I was on. Pace not only helped me academically and emotionally, I was taught life skills, I learned about credit cards and budgeting. At 15 I was clean and sober, I got a job and participated in a work experience program they started at Pace for a while. I moved in with an older cousin and was on my own. I was happy and independent. Over the past 10 years since my graduation I have become a mother, attended college and have had the same job for eight years. I currently work in the emergency department at a major hospital and will be applying for the nursing program in May. I am a Pace success story.

 

 

 

 
 

Volusia-Flagler Fast Facts Sheet 2019 (click to download)


How many girls served annually? Approximately 98
What is the average age? 16

 

Why do girls attend Pace Volusia-Flagler? Girls attend Pace to get appropriate counseling and education in a nurturing environment. To become enrolled, they must be between 12 to 17 years old.

 

What are 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.

 

Think about these statistics…

85% of our girls were failing one or more classes prior to coming to Pace
25% of our girls had a prior arrest before coming to Pace
17% of our girls used drugs and alcohol prior coming to Pace

 

What kind of success do girls have after leaving Pace?
95% had no involvement with Juvenile Justice within a year of leaving Pace!
74% were in school or employed three years after leaving Pace!

ADDRESS AND CONTACT

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Georgia McCurdy   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

208 Central Avenue

Ormond Beach, FL  32174

Phone: 386-944-1111
Cell: 386-871-9670

For enrollment referrals, please ask for:

Outreach Counselor, Sarah Beggs This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
386-944-1111 Ext. 1135

 

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Caryn Baker, Realty Pros Assured
Ashley Bigg, VyStar Credit Union
Linda Bradley, Ph.D, UCF Daytona Beach, Connect
Dr. Audrey A. Butler - Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Rashanda Denson - Bethune Cookman University
Lauren Dye - Florida Hospital
Karen Eastman - Florida Health Care Plans
Karen Ervin - Fifth Third Bank
Maryam H. Ghyabi - Ghyabi Consulting & Management
Vickie Henson - Florida Power & Light
Erin Wynn Masters - Ameriprise Financial
Jessica Scott - Brown & Brown Insurance
Joyce Shanahan - City of Ormond Beach
Libby Vescovi- Seacoast Bank
Matthew Welch - Cobb Cole