Pace Center for Girls, Inc.
1344 Crosscreek Circle
Tallahassee FL 32301
Contact Information
Address 1344 Crosscreek Circle
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Telephone (850) 241-0241
Fax 850 241-0242
E-mail kelly.otte@pacecenter.org
Alternate Address One West Adams Street
Alternate Address 2 Suite 301
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Web and Social Media
Donate Directly to this Organization http://www.pacecenter.org/support-pace/donate
Donate to this Orgs Endowment Fund at Community Foundation http://cfnf.org/index.cfm?p=ways-to-give
At A Glance
Organization DBA
Pace Center for Girls, Leon
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
EIN Number 59-2414492
Year of Incorporation 1985
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $1,389,099.00
Projected Expenses $1,372,714.00
Mission Statement
PACE provides girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy. PACE values all girls and young women, believing each one deserves the opportunity to find her voice, achieve her potential and celebrate a life defined by responsibility, dignity, serenity and grace. 

PACE is a nationally recognized and research based model that features a balanced emphasis on academics and social services with a focus on the future for middle and high-school aged girls and young women. 

The foundation of PACE is the gender-responsive culture, providing a safe environment that celebreates girls, services that taek into accoutn how girls learn and develop, and staff that udnerstand the lives of girls and can respond to their strengths and challenges.  

With a demonstrated record of success, PACE uses a holistic, strength-based and asset building model specifically responsvie to the needs of girls and which is recognized as among the moste effective programs in teh country for keeping girls from entering the juvenile justice system.  

 

PACE’s goals are to ensure that all girls have the opportunity to lead productive, engaged and fulfilling lives; prevent girls from entering the costly juvenile justice system and reduce the significant long term consequences to girls associated with teen pregnancy, substance abuse, dropping out of school, unemployment and long term economic dependency.

 

PACE operates in 17 counties throughout Florida, providing multi-faceted, gender-responsive services to more than 2,300 girls annually. Since 1985, PACE has been successful at reducing juvenile justice system involvement for girls with complex and interconnected risk factors and has successfully provided more than 21,000 girls with an opportunity for a better future.

PACE Center for Girls is cited as a promising approach to help children avoid the “pipeline to prison” by the Children’s Defense Fund; recognized as among the most effective programs in the country for keeping girls out of the juvenile justice system by the Girls Study Group, an interdisciplinary group of scholars and practitioners convened by the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; and highlighted as an effective national program model for preventing girls from entering the juvenile justice system and finding success in school and communities byThe Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS Count report.
Needs Statement
In order to transform our communities to meet the demands of the 21st Century, we must ensure that Florida’s girls are competitive in a global economy. Recognizing that girls have multiple pathways to self sufficiency, our Transition Services develop a comprehensive continuum of care for at-risk girls by facilitating their transition from PACE to school and post-school activities, including post-secondary education, vocational education, apprenticeships and internships, integrated employment, continuing education, independent living, and civic engagement. Funds will support a continuum of care that engages all the systems required to support girls to successful adulthood – social and therapeutic services, education and training services, housing and independent living services and workforce and economic development services.
 

PACE will also continue to prioritize rigorous outcomes evaluations to continually show the effectiveness of the model. To maintain and increase this effectivness, PACE will also continue to prioritize staff development to ensure that we have the best possible people working with the girls.

Impact Statement

90% of girls had no involvement with the criminal justice system within one year after leaving PACE.

96% of girls improved academically while at PACE. 85% improved by one full grade level.

89% of girls were in school, higher education, or employed after leaving PACE.  

Background Statement
 PACE stands for “Practical, Academic, and Cultural Education”. Our mission at the PACE Center for Girls in Leon County is toprovide girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy.  We are the only non‐residential gender-specific, not‐for‐profit intervention and prevention program in Leon County that provides education and wrap around services to at risk girls. Girls served by PACE Leon represent a broad cross‐section of the socio‐economic demographic of Leon County. Girls that are accepted to the program present risk factors such as school truancy, academic failure, single or no birth parent in the home, exposure to substance abuse (often in the home environment), an incarcerated parent, sexual abuse, and physical and/or emotional abuse. Girls are referred by Leon County Schools, Department of Juvenile Justice, Department of Children and Families, family members, friends and self-referral
PACE is a statewide organization that was started in Jacksonville and has grown to 18 centers around the state. PACE Leon was opened in 1993 by a group of dedicated people who believed that girls at risk would benefit from the PACE model. The statewide structure of PACE enables PACE Leon to benefit from access to extraordinary office support and a large pool of diverse expertise and experience. The local ownership of this center is evidenced by our strong Board of Directors who focuses on the welfare and wellbeing of this center and girls from Leon County.
 
All of the girls who are referred to PACE have experienced some type of emotional problem or abusive situation that made it difficult for them to perform well academically or socially in their regular environments. Some have been in trouble with the law, others may have been in an abusive situation and unable to cope and still others have had difficulty coping with normal teen issues and as a result began acting out at school or at home.
 
Regular school isn’t currently an option for these girls primarily because they have fallen significantly far behind in their work and are at risk for dropping out, or they have difficulty with behavior in the classroom or with other students. At PACE, each girl’s academic program is tailored specifically for her. Every classroom has a teacher, but each girl could be working on a completely different assignment from the others. Another benefit of PACE is that, in addition to academics, the girls and/or their families receive ongoing counseling and case management as needed – something not available in a typical school setting.

 

Service Categories
Children's and Youth Services
Youth Development Programs
Elementary & Secondary Schools
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Areas
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Leon

PACE Leon serves girls county-wide.  PACE, Inc. serves 17 other counties in Florida.

Board Chair Statement It has been a pleasure for the past 4 years to be a part of the PACE Center for Girls Board. PACE Center for Girls is the only gender-responsive program in our area that celebrates girls and has staff that can respond to their strengths and challenges. It is very rewarding to me to see the successes the girls and their families make who attend PACE. PACE has a holistic approach to meeting the needs to the girls. They “wrap” their arms around, not only the girl, but the family to ensure positive outcomes. My first “face of PACE” was Brittany and I will never forget her. She and her mom were struggling to meet Brittany’s medical needs and educational needs. PACE was able to help her get to doctor appointments, mom was able to not miss work and Brittany graduated and went on to attend Tallahassee Community College. There are many stories like this, that motivate the PACE Board of Directors to work to find funding to help to continue the specialized services for the girls in our community. The PACE Board of Directors ask for your investment, your contribution will help girls find their voice and achieve their potential.  

Sincerely,

Jeanna Olson
Board Chair, PACE Center for Girls, Inc.
CEO Statement/Executive Director Statement
Dear Friends: 
Since 1993 PACE Center for Girls in Leon County has been helping girls get help and find hope. Our girls, ages 11-17, come to us for a wide variety of reasons and with diverse situations. Some have suffered serious trauma such as child abuse or family violence. Others have made poor choices that resulted in their involvement with the juvenile justice system. Some have been bullied in their zoned schools for being different. 

Most of them live in single parent families although some live in foster care or with relatives other than a parent. Some of the girls come to us emotionally depleted. Others come in wearing their pain as an armor of anger.

They are a diverse group for sure. But they all have one thing in common. They need us. 

Our work with girls is quite simply ~ extraordinary. Each girl has an individual academic plan designed to help her catch back up so she can transfer back to her home school and graduate with her class, successfully achieve her GED, or graduate from PACE. All of the girls are assigned to a Teacher/ Advisor who works with a small group of 10 girls to provide academic advising. And the girls choose from a variety of required and elective courses.

Every girl is assigned to a highly skilled Counselor for help navigating past and present challenges ~ often the reasons she struggled in her mainstream school setting. They can’t work when they are hungry. Or terrified. Or traumatized. And they can’t think about school when they don’t know where they are going to sleep tonight. 

The wonderful thing about working here is that every day we get to watch these girls transform. From angry to happy. Sad to joyful. Helpless to hopeful. Struggling to achieving. Fearful to trusting. Fighting to friendship.

Last year 126 girls learned that they are more than the current circumstances of their lives. They learned that there is more to life than what is right now. They found hope.  
Sincerely,  
Kelly Otte,
PACE Leon Executive Director

               

 

 

PACE continues to define cutting edge, gender-responsive programming nationally.   We have initiated a partnership with the National Council on Crime and Delinquency’s (NCCD) Center for Girls and Young Women to ensure equitable,  compassionate and gender-appropriate responses towards improving outcomes for all girls.

 

My commitment to all is to continue PACE’s rich legacy of collaboration and innovation on behalf of girls. I look forward to building on the solid foundation that PACE has established, and I am proud to share the courage and accomplishments of our girls. They continue to be our inspiration, because believing in girls makes all things possible.

 

Description

The foundation of PACE is the gender-responsive culture, providing a safe environment that celebrates girls, services that take into account how girls learn and develop. We provide:

Academic Education: Through daily instruction, small classes & individualized education plans taught by certified teachers.

Spirited Girl: Life management curriculum that helps girls to make positive decisions and lifestyle choices.

Community volunteer and service-learning opportunities: Helps girls develop a strong connection with their local community.

Career Preparation and exploration: School-to-work readiness skills, and assistance with finding, applying for and interviewing for jobs.

Individual and group counseling: Providing each girl tools to respond to obstacles in her life, peer pressure, family conflict and coping with victimization or abuse. Girls and their counselors develop care plans with individualized goals based on assessed strengths and needs.

 Transition Services: Ongoing case management to support girls once they go back to their home school, higher education, or the workforce.

 

 

Budget $1,398,000.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), At-Risk Populations, Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Short Term Success

81% of the girls will not have additional adjudication in the juvenile justice system while enrolled in the program; 96% will not have involvement within six months after transitioning out of the program; and 92% of the girls will not have additional involvement within one year of transition.

95% of the girls will earn a high school diploma (or GED), or be transitioned to an appropriate educational placement consistent with their individualized treatment/case plan.

93% of the girls staying in the program for six months will complete at least 3 community service projects.

A minimum of 65% of all girls staying in the program longer than 12 months will increase their grade level by at least one school year.

3 years after transition from the program, a minimum of 20% of the girls shall be enrolled in college, other appropriate educational setting or be employed.

Long term Success
 Our primary long term goals: 
A.  Reduce additional and/or prevent program participants’ involvement in the disciplinary problems in school, criminal activity and the juvenile justice system by reducing or eliminating high-risk behaviors.
B.  Improve school success, youth employment and self-sufficiency.
C.  Increase in home intervention and education services to the girl’s family.     
Program Success Monitored By

 

Data collected in ETO (our comprehensive statistics program) and reports used to compare trends over time or to see how one particular girl is doing.

Spirited Girls Pre/ Post Test: Girls complete the pre test on the first day of class and the post test on the last day of class and data is compared.

Juvenile Risk Assessment: Girls complete the assessment at intake and transition and data is compared.

Report cards, credit awards, promotions, GPA: Will change as academic progress is made.

Juvenile Justice Information Systems: Reports are run for each girl at intake and transition and compared.
In addition, we are participating in a statewide longitudinal research based evaluation.

 

Examples of Program Success

My name is Felicia, and I had the opportunity of a life time to attend PACE Center for Girls. PACE is far more than a school. It was my safe haven. When I came to PACE, I was full of anxiety and worry. I remember being in the Counselor’s office for the first time looking down at my shoes because it was hard for me to make eye contact with the people I was talking to. To my amazement, she was kind and soft spoken, and she didn’t judge me at all. Instead she displayed a beautiful smile and I was able to speak without being afraid. All of the staff were so reassuring, and because of the caring environment I was able to relax and be myself. After being at PACE for a month, I understood that I had a lot of challenges, but that I could live with them and overcome them. I began to excel in my academic work, English was my favorite subject, and I was shocked to received Student of the Month Awards as well as having a 3.64 GPA while enrolled at PACE. I made lots of friends. We would sit together during lunch, and I would draw pictures for my friends who looked up to me as a role model. I was pretty popular at PACE!

Program Comments
CEO Statement/Executive Director/Board Comments

PACE Leon provides gender responsive services to 120+ girls each year.  

Board Chair
Board Chair Jeanna Olson
Company Affiliation Department of Children & Families
Term June 2012 to Dec 2014
Email donandjo@comcast.net
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Dr. Tiffany Ardley
Company Affiliation FAMU
Term June 2012 to Dec 2014
Email tiffany.ardleyfamu@gmail.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Dr. Tiffany Ardle Vice ChairFAMU
Stefanie Bowden Comcast
Jeri Bush Volunteer Leon
Tyler Harris Jr., TreasurerPrime Meridian Bank
C. Sha'Ron James Dept of Financial Services
Darby Kerrigan Scott Hopping Green & Sams
Margo Marvel FADSS
Jeanna Olson ChairDepartment of Children & Families
Dylan Rivers Ausley McMullen
Dr. Rachel Sutz Pienta Valdosta State & FSU
Harriet Williams Esquire
Jackie Wilson TBA
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 10
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 0%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 0%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Marketing
CEO Comments

It has been a pleasure for the past 4 years to be a part of the PACE Center for Girls Board. PACE Center for Girls is the only gender-responsive program in our area that celebrates girls and has staff that can respond to their strengths and challenges. It is very rewarding to me to see the successes the girls and their families make who attend PACE. PACE has a holistic approach to meeting the needs to the girls. They “wrap” their arms around, not only the girl, but the family to ensure positive outcomes. My first “face of PACE” was Brittany and I will never forget her. She and her mom were struggling to meet Brittany’s medical needs and educational needs. PACE was able to help her get to doctor appointments, mom was able to not miss work and Brittany graduated and went on to attend Tallahassee Community College. There are many stories like this, that motivate the PACE Board of Directors to work to find funding to help to continue the specialized services for the girls in our community. The PACE Board of Directors ask for your investment, your contribution will help girls find their voice and achieve their potential.  

Sincerely,
 
Jeanna Olson
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Kelly Otte
Term Start Jan 2011
Email kelly.otte@pacecenter.org
Experience

 Kelly Otte is the Executive Director of the PACE Center for Girls, a center devoted to increasing opportunities for girls and young women. She is the founder, former Executive Director and now board member of the Oasis Center for Women & Girls, the Inaugural Executive Director of United Partners for Human Services and the former Executive Director of Refuge House, the local domestic violence and rape crisis program. Kelly writes a column for the Tallahassee Democrat on nonprofit management and boards of directors. She is currently an Adjunct Instructor for FSU’s Emergency Management Program teaching NGOs and Disaster, and she taught at the Askew School of Public Administration and the College of Social Work for 11 years. Kelly has served on numerous boards of directors including Leadership Tallahassee, the Big Bend Homeless Coalition, the Jacksonville Women’s Center, the Tallahassee Girls’ Choir, and United Way. A highlight in her career was when she was recognized by Leadership Tallahassee in 2011 as the Leader of the Year and when the Leon County Commission declared March 22, 2005 KELLY OTTE DAY. Kelly has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of North Florida. She is married to Scott Otte, the CFO at FSU’s Thagard Student Health Center and they have two extraordinarily brilliant children, Alex who is a Sophomore at UNF and Samantha who is a 7th grader at Swift Creek Middle School.

 

Senior Staff
Title Program Director
Experience/Biography
Title Academic Coordinator
Experience/Biography
Title Social Services Coordinator
Experience/Biography
Staff
Full Time Staff 17
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 8
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 12%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2012
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Collaborations
PACE Leon collaborates extensively with every organization that helps the girls we serve.  That includes state agencies, other human service organizations and a myriad of privately owned companies.
Awards
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Effective Model, National Kids Count ReportAnnie E. Casey Foundation2008
Effective ModelOffice of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Girls Study Group2008
National Model, America's Cradle to Prison Pipeline ReportChildren's Defense Fund2007
Effective Practice, Cutting Cost & Keeping Quality ReportThe Finance Project2010
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2013
Fiscal Year End June 30 2014
Projected Revenue $1,389,099.00
Projected Expenses $1,372,714.00
Spending Policy N/A
Form 990s
9902012
9902011
9902010
Audit or In-House Financial Documents
IRS Letter of Dtermination
Detailed Financials
 
 
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201220112010
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$0$0$0
Government Contributions$77,204$76,168$0
Federal$63,320$76,168$0
State$0$0$0
Local$13,884$0$0
Unspecified$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$1,081,440$1,104,089$1,162,097
$0$0$0
$0$0$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0$0$395
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$7,991$14,832$0
Revenue In-Kind$0$3,996$0
Other$119$0$592
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201220112010
Program Expense$1,119,934$1,178,035$1,086,145
Administration Expense$12,034$300$4,354
Fundraising Expense$8,159$11,681$9,786
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.021.011.06
Program Expense/Total Expenses98%99%99%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%1%1%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201220112010
Total Assets$8,881,340$17,754,684$16,432,679
Current Assets$19,400,226$9,295,802$8,706,242
Long-Term Liabilities$5,820$10,464$19,593
Current Liabilities$5,611,451$5,452,486$5,170,692
Total Net Assets$13,782,955$12,291,734$11,242,394
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201220112010
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities3.461.701.68
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201220112010
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Organization Comments
PACE Center for Girls has 18 centers around the state of Florida providing life changing services for at risk girls.  PACE Leon is one those.  We have attached the 990s for PACE Inc. for 2010 and 2011.  2012 will be available shortly.  We have attached financials for PACE Leon in lieu of the audits in order for you to see the local operations. 
 
Foundation Comments
  • Financial figures were taken from the local financial statements
  • Contributions from foundations and corporations are included with the total for Individual
  • Asset and liability figures were taken from the statewide organization's financials as they are not separated out
  • Top Three Funding Sources are not reflected above as they are not indicated in the financial statements
Additional Documents
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Nonprofit Pace Center for Girls, Inc.
Address 1344 Crosscreek Circle
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Primary Phone 850 241-0241
Donate to Endowment Fund at Community Foundation http://cfnf.org/index.cfm?p=ways-to-give
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Kelly Otte
Board Chair Jeanna Olson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Department of Children & Families
Year of Incorporation 1985