Community Partner

The Gainesville Junior League partners with community organizations each year to make a positive impact in local women and children’s lives. This year, our community partner is the PACE Center for Girls in Alachua County.PACE logo

PACE Center for Girls, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 corporation that provides a non-residential delinquency prevention program in locations statewide, targeting the unique needs of females 12 to 18 who are identified as dependent, truant, runaway, delinquent, or in need of academic skills.

Its purpose is to intervene and prevent school withdrawal, juvenile delinquency, teen pregnancy, substance abuse and welfare dependency in a safe and nurturing environment. PACE programs provide the following services: academic education, individualized attention, a gender-specific life management curriculum (SPIRITED GIRLS®), therapeutic support services, parental involvement, student volunteer service projects and transition follow-up services.

Every girl at PACE sets individual educational and social goals that are focused on earning a high school diploma or GED, re-entering public school, attending college, getting vocational training, joining the military or entering the private workforce. After program completion, PACE continues to monitor each girl’s educational and personal development with three years of follow-up case management.

Community Partnership — Information and the Application Process

The Junior League of Gainesville is proud to partner with many non-profit organizations in the Gainesville area. The purpose of the JLG Community Partnership Application is to allow the current membership to determine with which organizations they wish to partner and to clearly communicate expectations with signature community partners. All applications will be reviewed by members of the Community Advocacy and Research Committee.

The community advocacy and research committee chooses potential partners. If you know of a local 501c3-designated organization with a mission that relates to the health and well being of children or the empowerment women in our community, please forward the organization’s name to Taryn Buckley. When making a suggestion please keep in mind that per the bylaws of the Junior League of Gainesville, our organization is not allowed to raise funds for other organizations. Also, the organization will need to have a need for volunteers 3-4 times throughout the year as well as be able to provide a speaker for a General Membership Meeting.