Pace Collier at Immokalee Receives $180,000 in Federal Funding to Enhance Safety Measures for Girls

April 25, 2024

Pace Collier at Immokalee, dedicated to empowering girls facing adversity, announces a significant initiative to bolster safety measures within its facilities. Thanks to the dedicated efforts of Congressman Mario Díaz-Balart, Pace Collier has secured $180,000 in federal funding to support this project. A ceremonial check presentation will take place on Tuesday, April 23rd, at 3:30 p.m. at Pace Collier in Immokalee.

The girls and young women supported by Pace receive comprehensive academic instruction and work closely with counselors and therapists trained in trauma-based therapy. Additionally, they benefit from life coaching aimed at imparting essential life skills such as personal hygiene, grocery shopping, and job readiness. These resources are provided to girls at no cost to them, ensuring access to vital support services.

“We believe that every girl deserves a safe and supportive environment in which to succeed,” shared Marianne Kerns, Executive Director of Pace Collier at Immokalee. “As our model expands to provide more girls with academic and social services, we are grateful for Congressman Mario Díaz-Balart’s shared commitment to support our next generation of young women.”

The funding will enable Pace Collier to enhance its facilities with advanced security measures, increasing the safety and well-being of Pace girls and staff. By ensuring the safety needs of our girls and staff are met, Pace can invest more of our energy in providing critical services and support that girls need to thrive.

“I am thrilled that I successfully secured funding to enhance security and safety measures for the Pace Center for Girls, Collier at Immokalee building. There is nothing more crucial than ensuring a secure environment for young learners and I eagerly anticipate the positive impact these improvements will have on future generations. This center has diligently served our community over 20 years, offering vital services. It stands as a cornerstone of our community, empowering young girls with the necessary resources and skills to overcome life’s challenges and achieve success,” said Congressman Díaz-Balart.

Since its establishment in 1998, Pace Collier has served over 2,000 girls, providing year-round academic services, counseling, life-skills training, career preparation, and more.