Office of Justice Programs (OJP)

PACE Center for Girls

BJA Program(s): Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program
State(s): FL

Grantee Agency: Florida Department of Law Enforcement

Subgrantee Agency: Broward County

Grant Amount/Year(s): FY 2013/$47,952

About the Program:

In Florida, Byrne funds were used for 21 community and crime prevention programs in FY 2013. Community crime prevention can range from juvenile truancy prevention to substance abuse education and awareness programs. Law enforcement offers a wide variety of different projects for community outreach; however, select treatment centers and clinics offer service for the betterment of the community as a whole. The goal of these community crime prevention programs is to reduce the amount of offenders cycling through the judicial system. Education and prevention at any age or level can be a valuable tool for an individual who is uninformed about the resources or dangers that are available to them. In Broward County (population 1,784,715, in South Florida), community crime prevention efforts involve partnering with an organization called Practical Academic and Cultural Education (PACE) Center for Girls Inc. They have begun PACE Reach, a new initiative; PACE Broward will continue to provide and expand gender responsive outreach community-based services to girls as well as to girls in the Day Program who present risk factors associated with substance abuse and violence, and academic failure -- all of which lead to delinquent behaviors. Through counseling and group sessions, girls will enhance their self-esteem while increasing their decisionmaking and refusal skills.

Program Successes/Effect on the Community:

The specific outcomes for the program participants are:

  • 80% of girls will demonstrate a decrease in risk factors and the increase in protective factors associated with ATOD, juvenile delinquency and violence.
  • 80% of girls will either maintain or increase their perception of risk/harm associated with ATOD and violence.
  • 85% of girls will be in active school placement with improved attendance and grades.
  • 80% of girls will have no involvement or recidivism with the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.

In FY 2013 Byrne funding of $47,952 provided the following results: 93 individuals were enrolled in the program; 846 prevention and intervention counseling sessions were administered; 92 prevention assessments were performed; and 49 individuals successfully completed the program.

Learn More:
To learn more about the program, please contact:
Randall Smyth
Email: randallsmyth@fdle.state.fl.us

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