Pace In the News
Women and girls often take on more of the emotional burden when families experience sudden loss, poverty, and trauma. A report from The Center for American Progress noted young girls are more likely to face long-lasting effects of childhood trauma, and young girls of color are even more adversely impacted.
In recent years, there has been a growing push for nonprofits to move to a participatory feedback model. But what does that look like in practice? Pace Center for Girls — which serves more than 3,000 girls annually in 23 communities across Florida and Georgia — is one example of how an organization can engage program participants, team members, and community members in producing information supporting equitable policies, processes, and best practices.
More and more nonprofits and funders are seeking participant feedback because, while experimental measures can surface the “what” of change, participant input can surface the “how and why,” and suggest concrete ways to improve. Such feedback can be an organization’s quickest and least expensive source of program insight and, when mixed with empirical metrics, can give the most nuanced picture of what helps or hinders participants’ success.
Second Harvest of the Big Bend announced Wednesday the food bank has sourced more than 70,000 period products to distribute to girls and women in need in the Big Bend. The announcement was made with pioneers of a local Period Poverty movement at the Pace Center for Girls.
Pace Center for Girls has received $350,000 from the South Carolina General Assembly to expand into South Carolina this fall and hire therapists to help middle and high school-aged girls who have experienced trauma.