PACE program helps girls turn their lives around - FOX 13 News

PACE program helps girls turn their lives around

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Lots of hugs to go around here at Pace Center for Girls. One of the many reasons this place is thriving! Just ask Lamyjah. She's turned her life around because of Pace.

"They give you counseling and like you feel better about yourself you feel like you have someone there," Lamyjah said. "So you can trust one another."

Trust is something Lamyjah says she never had at school, until she came here. She's 15 years old and now confident great things will happen in her life.

"It's like a small environment so you get one with a teacher and student," Lamyjah said.

Pace has been around for 15 years in Hillsborough County. It's girls only and there are only 13 students per classroom.

"Some of the young ladies is that they need a smaller setting for more individualized attention," said Tanya Hollins, Executive Director of Pace.

It's designed for young women who may not be doing well in school, are who aren't going to class.

"We are committed to making sure we are producing the strongest, the best, the more confident self assure young ladies," Tanya said.

Dayuana is 14, and she struggled before she came here.

"I use to skip a lot. Never go to class," Dayuana said. But today her life is completely different and she thanks Pace for that.

"I feel safe in here," Dayana said. "I don't get bored in here. I do my work."

During the past 15 years, Pace has had lots of success. Mrs. Hollins attributes that to embracing the entire student.

"Every single young lady has a counselor that works with her and her family," Tayna said.

At Pace, the students take all the regular classes like math and English. They've helped more than 2,000 since they started.

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