PACE Pinellas provides girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy. Their philosophy is to value all girls and young women, believing each one deserves an opportunity to find her voice, achieve her potential and celebrate a life defined by responsibility, dignity, serenity and grace.
PACE began in 1985 with one Center in Jacksonville, Florida serving 10 girls. Today PACE includes 19 Centers throughout Florida that serve over 2,000 girls each year and PACE has changed the life trajectory of over 37,000 girls since its inception. PACE began as a community response to the realization that girls involved with the justice system were either being placed in programs designed for boys or placed further into the system for their own protection. There were no effective alternatives. Started by Vicki Burke and guided by the research-based recommendations which called for gender responsive programming, PACE created a new alternative to institutionalization or incarceration for girls.
PACE is now recognized as a national model for reducing recidivism and improving school success, employment and self-sufficiency amongst girls by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Children’s Defense Fund, National Mental Health Association, National Council on Crime and Delinquency, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
We will be hosting a Supplies & Toiletries Drive at our runway show on Friday, Sept. 23 from 6-8pm, located at International Plaza and Bay Street in the Grand Court area. Bring new supplies and toiletries for PACE Pinellas and receive a fantastic gift bag filled with Tampa Bay Fashion Week swag from our sponsors, designers, and more!
The mission of Dress for Success is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
We will be hosting a Purse Drive at our runway show on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 11am-2pm, located at International Plaza and Bay Street in the Grand Court area. Bring your new or gently used purses for Dress for Success and receive a fantastic gift bag filled with Tampa Bay Fashion Week swag from our sponsors, designers, and more!
Swanky Soiree, held this year on Thursday, Sept. 22 benefits Brookwood Florida.
Founded in 1927, Brookwood is a licensed residential group home for adolescent girls ages 11 to 21, who come to us from throughout the state of Florida. Residents are victims of abuse, neglect, violence, family dysfunction, or homelessness. These young girls are placed by:
- Florida Department of Children and Families
- Parents experiencing stressful parent-child relationships
- Emergency Crisis and Homeless Shelters
Brookwood’s treatment philosophy is a combination of cognitive, behavioral and reality therapies. The program goal is to assist troubled young women in developing skills, self-concepts and a maturity level sufficient to successfully return home or move into independent living.
Brookwood Florida is dedicated to providing troubled adolescent girls with an alternative living environment and therapeutic program encompassing education, employability skills, independent living training and counseling that will prepare them for self-sufficiency or successful family reunification.