In 1985, when Vicki Burke was working with girls in the juvenile justice system, she could see they needed more help and advocacy in order to have better opportunities for success. With just $1000, she began the Pace program in a Jacksonville church basement.
Today the Pace School for Girls cares for more than 3000 girls each year working in 23 communities across Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. According to Executive Director Chantell Miles, the organization has served more than 40,000 girls since its founding.
The Atlantic Cares program is proud to help girls and young women achieve positive outcomes for themselves, their families and their communities. The Pace Center will receive a donation from Atlantic Logistics’ charitable giving program, Service 365.
“We are an evidence-based program and we focus on being gender-responsive, strength-based and trauma-informed,” explained Tami Garrett, Development Director at Pace Center for Girls, Jacksonville.
Pace serves girls ages 11-17, providing opportunities for a better future through education, training, counseling and advocacy. The organization is a year-round school, but every girl is assigned a counselor to help them with coping skills.
“Our girls need to have risk factors to attend our program,” Garrett said. “Usually, one of two is they are academically behind one or two years. Then there’s usually another component, such as abuse in the home or substance abuse.”
“Fifty percent of our funding comes from the Department of Juvenile Justice, 25 percent comes from the Department of Education and the other 25 comes from fundraising, foundations and community donations,” Garrett added, so donations like that from Atlantic Cares can make a difference locally.
Other ways to support the organization are through monthly volunteer opportunities and through providing needed supplies.
“We collect supplies that go to the girls, whether that’s school supplies, clothing or personal hygiene items, so doing different drives at your company is a great way to contribute,” Garrett explained. “People can also donate gently used clothes to our boutique, where the girls get to shop. We collect new and used clothes, shoes and accessories.”
For more information about Pace Center for Girls, click here.
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