Pace Center for Girls, Inc.
3508 26th Street West
Bradenton FL 34205
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.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Amy Wick Mavis
Board Chair Tara Williams-Chavers
Board Chair Affiliation Fine Properties of FL
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1985
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Feb 2019
State Registration Yes Aug 2021
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of DeterminationView
Impact Statement

The goals of PACE are:

  1. To address the social, emotional and physical needs of girls and young women to positively impact personal and interpersonal behaviors and relationships.
  2. To provide girls and young women with individualized learning, counseling and academic and career/vocational readiness support.
  3. To help girls and young women cultivate the skills they need to develop as successful adults with a strong sense of their own identity   
PACE operates in 20 counties throughout Florida, providing multi-faceted, gender-responsive services to more than 3,000 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 23,000 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 by The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS Count report.
95% of girls have no involvement, or no further involvement, with the juvenile justice system after leaving PACE.
98% of girls improve academically while at PACE and 83% advance a full grade level.
84% fewer use drugs or alcohol while at PACE.
88% of girls 18 or older are in school or employed a year after leaving PACE.
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.
PACE Manatee has embarked upon a feasability study to assess the conditions for a capital campaign.  Current programming is limited due to the physical restrictions of the current facility.  Additional space is needed to:  serve more girls, expand vocational programming, increase academic services and utilize community resources for volunteers and interns.
Background Statement

PACE’s gender responsive program supports measurable outcomes linked to six outcome strategy areas; recidivism, behaviors, vocations, community connectedness, education, and families.

PACE focuses on the six major developmental domains of adolescent girls --physical, emotional, intellectual, sexual, relational, and spiritual and services include:

·         Individualized academic plans

·         Individualized care plans.

·         Training in goal setting, promoting positive lifestyle choices and coping skills.

·         Small classes, individualized attention and self paced curriculum.

·         Involving the family in therapeutic and academic interventions. 

Areas Served
Areas Served
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
FL- Manatee
Areas Served Comments 20 locations throughout Florida
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Education
Secondary Org Type
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

PACE's success can be found in the faces of the girls whose lives are changed every day at PACE.  By believing in girls for 25 years, PACE has helped more than 21,000 girls find success in school, with their families, in their careers and in their communities.


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.



Girls who experience or are exposed to multiple risk factors are at higher risk for entering or becoming further involved in the juvenile justice system. These risk factors are found in the following areas; family, school, peers and substance abuse. More than 86% of the girls served at PACE have risk factors in three or more of these categories and more than 76% come from low or very low income families.

PACE provides a multi-faceted prevention program that serves more than 2,300 girls annually. On average, 24% of girls coming to PACE have experienced physical and/or sexual abuse,  61% have been suspended or expelled from school, 28% have a prior arrest history and 34% have a history of substance abuse.

For 24 years, PACE has been successful at helping adolescent girls turn their lives around by integrating social services, education and community service in a comprehensive yet individualized manner. While at PACE, there is a 78% decrease in physical abuse in the home and 93% of girls improve academically, with 81% advancing one full grade level. Additionally, 89% of girls remain out of the delinquency system a year after having left PACE and 79% of girls are enrolled in college or are employed 3 years after leaving PACE.
PACE's program supports a proven theory of change, with services linked to producing outcomes in families, education, community connectedness, behaviors, vocations and recidivism. PACE provides:
An individualized academic plan ~  An individualized social services and case management plan ~  Small classes, individualized attention and self paced curriculum ~ family involvement 
The components of PACE's continuum are:

Initial and ongoing assessment:   ~ Academic Education: ~ Life Management Skills Enhancement through SPIRITED GIRLS!®, a gender responsive curriculum that teaches positive lifestyle choices ~ Social Services ~ Parental Involvement ~ Community Volunteer Service ~ Career Readiness ~ Transitional Services

Budget $18,663,484
Category Social Science; General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Females Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short Term Success
A minimum of 75% of all girls enrolled in the program will increase their academic functioning while at PACE.
A minimum of 90% of girls enrolled in the program will not be adjudicated or have adjudication withheld while at PACE.
Long Term Success
70% of the girls who complete the PACE program will achieve one of the following:  graduate from high school, complete a vocational program, be enrolled in school, maintain employement or earn a GED.
70% of the girls who complete the progam (under the age of 18) will not become pregnant.
90% of the girls who complete the PACE program will not be adjudicated or have adjudication with held.
Program Success Monitoring
Success is monitored by Manatee County School Baord records and information in JJIS.  Once girls complete the PACE program, PACE maintains contact and collects data for 3 years.  PACE also maintains long term relationships with girls and gathers information via self report.
Program Success Examples
Last fiscal year, 97% of the girls served at PACE did not become pregnant.
88% of the girls served, improved their academic functioning.
98% of the girls served did not become adjudicated or had adjudication with held.
Program Comments by Organization

PACE provides gender responsive services to 3,000 girls from 20 locations across Florida each year.  PACE is currently developing a logic model aligned with the most current theory and research on effective gender responsive programming and defining the essential set of services and program processes for an effective gender responsive prevention program for adolescent at risk girls.

CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Amy Wick Mavis
CEO Term Start May 1995
CEO/Executive Director Email
Experience Ms. Wick Mavis provides leadership in the areas of management, community relations, finance and development.  She collaborates with the Board of Directors, management staff and community supporters. Ms Wick Mavis has over 20 years of non-profit management experience and expertise in the area of gender responsive programming.
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Shana Brodnax Chief Program Officer
Yessica Cancel Chief Organizational Development Officer
Theresa Giles CBO
Nona Jones Chief External Affairs Officer
Mary Marx CEO, PACE Inc
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 17
Part Time Staff 5
Staff Retention Rate % 82
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 125
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
School Board of Manatee County; Board of County Commissioners; National School Lunch Program
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
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
Business Planning InvestmentThe Edna McConnell Clark Foundation2010
Accelerating Change AwardCenter for the Study of Social Change2016
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Other Documents
Other Document 2
Whistleblower Policy
Board Chair
Board Chair Tara Williams-Chavers
Company Affiliation Fine Properties of FL
Board Term July 2017 to June 2019
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Brian Carter Mauldin & Jenkins
Brady Chapman Chapman Insurance
Kim Dalglish Manatee Chamber of Commerce
Pam Hocevar Trinity Financial Planning
Amanda Horne Community Volunteer
Heather Kortzendorf Coast Steel Construction, Inc
Rachelle Madrigal Pittsburgh Pirates
Macey Moon Florida Senate
Christina Riggio Gilead Sciences
Dottie Turner Community Volunteer
Tara Williams-Chavers Fine Properties of FL
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 2
Female 9
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Board Meeting Attendance % 70
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Capital Campaign
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month July
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2017
Tax Year End Month June
Tax Year End Day 30
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $1,737,675.00
Projected Expenses $1,675,071.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign Yes
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose Purchase of land and building expansion
Campaign Goal $2,700,000.00
Campaign Dates Oct 2016 to Dec 2019
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
IRS Form 9902016
Form 990 2013-20142014
Audit/Financial Documents
Financial Review
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 Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$6,506,728$0$3,324,914
Individual Contributions$2,461,415--$4,815,982
Investment Income, Net of Losses$101,899--$346,258
Membership Dues$0--$0
Special Events$1,175,562--$530,327
Revenue In-Kind$276,917--$158,286
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$28,267,079--$23,708,505
Administration Expense$6,807,327--$5,824,022
Fundraising Expense$2,290,691--$1,454,738
Payments to Affiliates$0--$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.00--1.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses76%--77%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue22%--16%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$20,885,533--$19,666,638
Current Assets$10,140,010--$15,992,211
Long-Term Liabilities$1,343,577--$448,161
Current Liabilities$5,380,104--$2,883,995
Total Net Assets$15,505,429--$16,334,482
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountDepartment of Juvenile Justice $19,056,100--Program Service Revenue $22,450,661
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountSchool Board $7,592,456--Contributions, gifts, grants $4,815,982
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - Unspecified $6,506,728--Government Grants - Unspecified $3,324,914
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.88--5.55
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets6%--2%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization    
Financial Comments by Foundation
Financial figures taken from IRS Form 990s and include all PACE Center operations throughout Florida. Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support, as provided on Form 990. Audits include PACE Center for Girls, Inc. and related entities.
Nonprofit Pace Center for Girls, Inc.
Address 3508 26th Street West
Bradenton, FL 34205
Phone 941 751-4566