2015

PACE Center for Girls

PACE Center for Girls Broward is a free, voluntary program providing academics, pacelogocounseling, life skills training, career and college preparation and community service projects for adolescent girls.  To be considered for enrollment, the girl must be between the ages of 11 to 17 years old (grades 6th – 12th), reside in Broward County and present 3 or more risk factors. A girl can be referred to PACE by parents, school counselors, social services professionals, doctors, juvenile judges or themselves (self-referral). Our program hours of operation are 8:00 am to 3:00 pm Mondaythrough Friday, with extended care available until 4:30 pm.

The following are services offered at PACE Broward:

PACE Day Program: Provides year round academics, counseling  and case management services to adolescent girls (grades 6-12) in a safe, structured, and  supportive environment.

Transitional Services: Ongoing case management to support girls once they transition from PACE to return to their boundary school, pursue  higher education,  or enter the workforce.

PACE Reach Therapeutic Counseling Services: Provides individual, group and family counseling to girls and their families in the community.

Diversion and Civil Citation: Is a voluntary option for girls who do not wish to take their juvenile offense through the court system by engaging in case management and  counseling services.

Aggie Pappas, M.S.W. is the founding Executive Director of PACE Center for Girls Broward. Aggie began a journey in 1992 that has taken her from providing gender responsive services to 30 young and adolescent girls in a storefront with patio furnitureAggie-Pappas-pace and little funding to in 2014 providing oversight and management of a $2.9 million dollar budget on a beautiful campus in Wilton Manors. Under her leadership, PACE Broward now has three very successful program components – the PACE Day Program (academics, counseling, life skills education and transition services) and PACE Reach which includes Reach Counseling and Civil Citation/Diversion Services. Since 1992, 3,200 girls in Broward have had their lives changed.

In the past year, PACE Broward served 390 girls in the three program components experiencing a high rate of success in girls having no initial or re-offense in the juvenile justice system, girls achieving a turnaround in their academic studies after failing or previously having withdrawn or been suspended from school, and finding improved relationships with families, peers and community.

Ms. Pappas is involved in the Broward community advocating for services for girls including as an active member of the Broward Human Tracking Coalition. She is an Adjunct Professor at the FAU School of Criminology and Criminal Justice teaching Women and Criminology. She has facilitated numerous trainings across Florida specializing in Gender Responsive Programming and Trauma Informed Care.

Prior to coming to PACE, Aggie was with The Salvation Army and Covenant House. She is a native of Bronx, NY, receiving her Bachelor’s Degree from Fordham University and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Barry University in Miami.