Pinellas Park, FL (PRWEB) June 02, 2014
PACE Center for Girls, Inc. held its program graduation on Thursday, May 29, 2014. PACE is proud to announce that 21 girls successfully graduated and are now poised to transition into the next step in their lives. Most of the program graduates will begin the next school year this August attending their zoned school, up to date with classes and credits and with a strong sense of confidence to carry them forward. Many of the graduates that came to PACE arrived marginalized and with the weight of the world on their shoulders, yet were strong and resilient. They were girls who found their sense of worth and learned to believe in themselves because PACE believed in them.
“PACE Graduation symbolizes moving forward in a positive, successful way for our girls. It celebrates their accomplishments, and gives the graduates an opportunity to see themselves as successful,” said Sally Zeh, Executive Director at PACE Pinellas for over 14 years.
PACE operates 18 non-residential day programs serving over 2,000 girls, ages 11-17, annually. Over 25 percent of girls come to PACE with prior involvement in the juvenile justice system, 76 percent are considered high risk for justice system involvement and 26 percent had dropped out of school.
The PACE model, with an average length of stay of 9-15 months, provides comprehensive and holistic education, social services and career readiness in a gender-responsive environment. Participation is voluntary and PACE centers operate year-round. PACE is structured much like a school in that girls attend daily, take a full complement of core academic subjects linked to the state standards and work towards a high school diploma, GED, or to return to their home school on grade level.
PACE Graduation was held at the Pinellas Park Performing Art Center and sponsored by Lance N Becatti, CFP, CLTC Private Wealth Advisor for Ameriprise Financial and his office team.
Congratulation to the 2014 PACE Graduates….we believe in you.
PACE Center for Girls, Inc., established in 1985, is a Florida-based, not-for-profit, 501(c) 3 and the only statewide prevention program for adolescent at-risk girls in the nation. PACE’s mission is to provide girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy. PACE has been nationally recognized as the most effective model in the country for reducing rates of detention and incarceration, teen pregnancy, substance abuse, dropping out of school, unemployment and long-term economic dependency amongst girls. PACE values all girls, believing each one deserves an opportunity to find her voice, achieve her potential and celebrate a life defined by responsibility, dignity, serenity and grace.
For more information about PACE, visit http://www.pacecenter.org/pinellas.