• Pace believing in girls

    PACE Center for Girls


    Reach Counseling


    at Dunedin Highland Middle School


    PACE Reach provides social emotional, behavioral and mental health counseling to at risk adolescent girls and their families. PACE Reach provides the behavioral and mental health counseling and therapy components of the PACE model, with the full academic school day provided by others, in partnership with the State Attorney’s, law enforcement, juvenile judges, schools and community partners. Services provided by PACE Reach include: Individual assessments, Case Management, Individual trauma informed cognitive behavioral counseling and therapy, Group counseling and therapy, Spirited Girls! Life skills curriculum, Family case management, counseling and therapy, and Aftercare services following program completion. Girls in PACE Reach are enrolled in public school or another alternative education institution, and while PACE does not provide the academic school day for girls in Reach, PACE monitors attendance and grades to ensure school engagement. Girls are referred to PACE Reach by the schoolsand services are provided in schools or other community locations during the day, and afterschool and on the weekends at the PACE Center.


    Founded in 1985, and started in Pinellas County in 1997, PACE began as a community response to the lack of female-specific programs for girls involved in the juvenile justice system, at risk of dropping out of school, or facing other serious risks. Since 1997 PACE Pinellas has served more than 1,500 girls by offering them and their families hope and opportunity for a brighter future.

      PACE’s comprehensive and holistic approach to Educational Alternative Services includes academics, counseling, training, and advocacy services. PACE helps girls continue and complete their education, stay out of the criminal justice system and obtain the skills necessary to lead productive lives as leaders, mentors, role models, successful business professionals, and positive forces for change.

    Want to your student to participate in the PACE Reach Program? 

    Here are the forms you will need to complete:

    PACE Release of Information

    PACE Referral Form

    For more information, contact Ms. Shannon Detwiler at shannon.detwiler@pacecenter.org or (727) 469-4112 ext. 2076