PACE Center for Girls

PACE Center for Girls

PACE Center for Girls provides girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy. Its holistic model responds specifically to the developmental needs of girls and is recognized as one of the nation’s most effective programs for keeping them in school and out of the juvenile justice system. 

PACE Center for Girls (PACE) operates 19 non-residential prevention and early intervention centers in Florida that work with girls and young women, ages 11–17, at risk of dropping out of school and/or becoming involved in the juvenile justice system. During an average stay of 15 months, comprehensive educational, social, and career-readiness services help them succeed at home, in school and in the community, with the goal of attaining self-sufficiency as adults.

In addition, PACE recently expanded its Reach program, which provides girls enrolled in the day program with gender-responsive, trauma-informed, strength-based counseling and case management as well as other components of the day program.

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Learn more about PACE Center for Girls and its work with at-risk young women, ages 11-17.

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EMCF has awarded $13.85 million to PACE since 2010. In 2013, PACE received an EMCF Social Innovation Fund award of up to $3.5 million over three years and became a True North Fund grantee.

In 2017, EMCF made a grant of $5.5 million in support of PACE’s 2017-2022 business plan, which includes expanding in Florida and to Georgia and elsewhere, nearly doubling the number of girls PACE serves.


For years, Ceiligh Gaffney rebelled in school, skipping classes and lashing out at others. A victim of bullying, she felt alone and unheard. That all changed, however, when she joined PACE. Follow Ceiligh’s story.