Pace In the News
On Thursday, June 23, Pace Center for Girls, Pasco hosted their premier community event, the Believing in Girls Breakfast at Pasco-Hernando State College. Senate President Wilton Simpson was recognized for his steadfast support of Pace’s mission to provide girls and young women an opportunity to thrive.
“Senate President Simpson has made a tremendous impact at Pace, supporting and advocating for thousands of girls and young women throughout Florida,” said Mary Marx, Pace President and CEO. “As our model expands to provide more girls with academic and social services, we are grateful for his shared commitment to empower our next generation of young women.”
Simpson has a longstanding history of providing direct support to Pace girls. Through initiatives like Pace Day at the Capitol and the Senate Page Program, he connects girls directly to policymakers giving them an opportunity to use their voices to make a difference.
“One of the greatest obligations we have as a society is to ensure our children have access to opportunities. For so many girls across our state, Pace has been a driving force behind changing the trajectory of girls’ lives,” said Simpson.
During the event, a ceremonial check was presented by Simpson to support the expansion of Pace Pasco and Pace Citrus, a project boosted by $7 million in state funding. The expansion will allow for additional resources and technology, including STEAM programming.
“When girls aren’t fully supported, many girls can struggle with finding the best path forward and develop coping mechanisms that place roadblocks on their journey to a brighter future. We’re grateful to Senate President Simpson for being a champion for our girls,” said Ellen Katzman, Executive Director of Pace Pasco and Polk.
We’re thrilled to announce that Pace Macon is a grantee of the Macon Violence Prevention grant presented by the Community Foundation of Central Georgia. On Tuesday, June 14 Macon-Bibb County City Hall, the Community Foundation of Central Georgia joined Mayor Lester Miller and community leaders to announce the first round of Macon Violence Prevention (MVP) grant recipients. More than $800,000 in funding is being awarded to 25 nonprofit and faith-based organizations as part of ongoing efforts to prevent violent crime in Macon-Bibb County.
At Pace, we believe all girls, regardless of their story, deserve safe and supportive spaces to heal that help them to become strong, compassionate and successful women. We're proud to be listed in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as a model that's effectively supporting the mental health needs of girls in metro Atlanta communities.
Pace Alachua partnered with local muralist Jenna Horner to create an art installation. Its purpose was to advocate for a safe and stronger community as it applies to driving safely on the roads.
"It was a really great opportunity to just get to know these girls and teach them different brushes and why we use them and about color mixing and then have them actually get their own physical hand in there," said Horner, who added that the center holds a special place in her heart.
Gainesville Police Department and State Farm Insurance were also a part of the unveiling event that was made possible by a $85,000 statewide grant from State Farm Insurance.