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Believing in Girls Gala for Pace Center coming February 16

Pace Center for Girls Gala 2023

On February 16, 2024, Pace Center for Girls Escambia-Santa Rosa will host their annual Believing in Girls Gala at Sanders Beach – Corinne Jones Resource Center.


To hear some remarkable stories from several Pace girls and alumnae, click here: Pace Girl Stories The girls and young women Pace supports receive academic instruction and work closely with counselors and therapists trained in gender-responsive and trauma-based services.

They also receive instruction in basic life skills, like communication, healthy relationships, and problem-solving. These resources are made available to girls at no cost to them.

“Our girls are survivors of tremendous obstacles, but we help them see themselves as we see them — as strong, beautiful, intellectual women that can be successful as they grow into adulthood,” said Laurie Rodgers, Executive Director of Pace Escambia-Santa Rosa.

“Our program has been able to continuously expand to provide more girls with social and academic services thanks to the incredible support of our community.”

Since its founding in 1994, Pace Escambia-Santa Rosa has seen transformational improvements among girls personally and professionally.

To date, more than 4,000 girls in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties have been served. Program highlights from fiscal year 2023 include:

• 8 out of 10 girls have experienced overall academic improvement.

• 9 out of 10 are engaged in their community, measured by being enrolled in school, higher education, or employment

• 10 out of 10 girls strengthened or maintained self-efficacy, the belief that one can succeed.

For more information about Pace Escambia-Santa Rosa or if you know a girl who could benefit from Pace, please visit: https://www.pacecenter.org/locations/florida/escambiasanta-rosa. To learn more about how Pace is finding the great in every girl, visit www.pacecenter.org.

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