Pace In the News

April 04, 2022

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium will provide year-round monthly STEM programming for 40 Manatee County Pace girls for the year. This is the 7th year of partnership between Mote and Pace, which works to create an environment that fosters the long-term growth and development of young women in the community. Through virtual interactive lessons, in-person visits to Mote, and targeted lesson plans, Pace girls will learn more about marine animals, the factors that contribute to healthy marine ecosystems, and learn more about conservation-minded practices. Participation in the program also helps girls develop the self-confidence needed in academic settings to engage with STEM content.

March 30, 2022

We’re proud to share that Natalya Bannister, Executive Director of Pace Alachua, was recently inducted into Santa Fe College's Women of Distinction and Promise. 

"It's critical that we honor women," said Paul Broadie, president of Santa Fe College. "They are the fabric of our society and they help push us, they help guide us, they mentor us (and) they're leaders."

"You do all these wonderful things to make an impact and you don't expect to get recognized for it," Natalya said. "I'm doing it from the heart, I'm doing it because it's my purpose and my passion." 


March 22, 2022

Pace Center for Girls announces the appointment of Maryam Ghyabi-White to the Board of Trustees.


Ghyabi-White is the CEO and President of Ghyabi Consulting & Management (GCM) and serves as an adjunct professor of civil engineering at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. She is an advocate for safe and supportive environments for girls and brings more than three decades of experience in community stewardship and development to the Board.


“Pace girls and their stories impact me to my core. I know firsthand when women and girls are offered the tools they need to succeed, a ripple effect occurs in families and communities,” said Ghyabi-White. “Joining Pace’s Board of Trustees is one way I can support Pace’s sustainable growth as they expand their model and reach more girls.”


Ghyabi-White is a member of University of Florida’s Transportation Institute External Advisory Board, Truist Bank Board of Trustees, Former Chair of the Women’s Center Board at Daytona State College, Past Chair of Floridians for Better Transportation and Past Chair of the Volusia County Association for Responsible Development. She is the Vice-Chair of the St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board and is a former member of the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council.


“Our communities are stronger when girls and young women have the opportunity to thrive,” said Mary Marx, Pace President and CEO. “Maryam is an accomplished engineer, civic leader and steadfast in her commitment to Pace’s vision. Pace welcomes her expertise as we grow in new communities and impact more girls.”

February 28, 2022

Melanie Lawson hosts a documentary exploring strides being made with Jacksonville’s Juvenile Justice system. She looks inside organizations such as Pace Center for Girls and the Florida Youth Challenge Academy plus feature remarkable stories of redemption.

February 23, 2022

Makasia Purdy, 14, lost her 13-year-old friend, Christopher Scott, at a party in June 2021. Just a few months earlier, she lost Maliyah Godwin, 13, who was killed in the safety of her own apartment. Her friends were killed because of gun violence and gang activity. Purdy is now determined to make a change. Purdy, a member of Pace Center for Girls, was nominated as a representative in this council along with 13 other youth representing different cities and organizations in Alachua County.