Pace Center for Girls Hernando Announces First High School Graduates
The Pace Center for Girls in Hernando is proud to announce that three of its students are the program’s first high school graduates since its inception in January 2018.
Pace Center for Girls Hernando Announces First High School Graduates since Program’s Inception in January 2018
The Pace Center for Girls in Hernando County was founded in 2018 to serve middle and high school girls who are struggling but want to make positive changes in their lives. As a movement, Pace was founded in 1985 to provide an opportunity for young women and girls to create a better future through education, counseling, training, and advocacy.
Girls attend Pace during the day and are enrolled in all academic classes taught by teachers who are certified through the State of Florida. While at Pace, girls also meet with counselors who provide mental health services for the girls and their families. Girls are typically enrolled at PACE for between 18-21 months and upon exit, follow up services are provided for at least 1 year. The program is free of charge for girls who reside in Hernando County and meet eligibility requirements.
When asked how Pace has influenced their lives and what their hopes are for the future, the graduates said:
Hannah Kennedy: “Pace has helped me by giving me confidence inside and outside of the classroom. Pace has
Brianna Roden: “I got a lot out of Pace. I got out how to make friendships and how
Kayleigh Barton: “Before Pace, I had actually dropped out of school for nine months and so they were just open to helping me with everything, getting me everything I needed and put me on the right path to finding my way. I really didn’t have a plan before I came here and now I know what I’m doing. I’m going to take my CNA certification and hopefully get a job at a senior living facility. Then I plan on working in a mother and baby or pediatric unit, and then I will go to nursing school.”
Pace Center for Girls Hernando Teachers and Counselors: “Having the first class to graduate from the Hernando Center has been extremely exciting, both for the girls as well as the staff. These young women have worked hard, put in the effort, overcome obstacles and in the end, reaped the reward of receiving that wonderful high school diploma. Seeing our
About PACE Center for Girls/Hernando
The Pace Center for Girls in Hernando County was founded in 2018 to serve middle and high school girls who are struggling but want to make positive changes in their lives. As a movement, Pace was founded in 1985 to provide an opportunity for young women and girls to create a better future through education, counseling, training, and advocacy. The PACE Center for Girls has developed a nationally recognized research-based non-residential program model that features a balanced emphasis on academics and social services with a focus on the future for middle and high school age girls and young women.
The PACE Center for Girls is located on the campus of JD Floyd School. The foundation of PACE is a
For more information about the PACE Center for Girls call Diana Jerome, Community Engagement Manager, Center for Girls, Pasco & Hernando, at 727-849-1901 ext. 1908 or email [email protected] or visit www.PACECenter.org/Hernando.