Pace Center for Girls, Polk was established in 2001 to provide girls and young women in Polk County with an opportunity for a better future. Since its founding, Pace Polk has helped more than 1,500 girls by transforming their lives. Pace is a day-program for middle and high school-age girls to complete their education, build self-esteem, and develop strong life skills. Pace Polk uses a strength-based, trauma-informed, and gender-responsive approach to find the great in every girl.
Before Pace Polk 78% were failing one or more classes prior to attending Pace. Twenty-six percent had prior involvement with the juvenile justice system. After completing Pace Polk, 98% improved academically and 92% were not involved with the juvenile justice system within one year after completing Pace.