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Trauma-Informed Academic Model

Award Information

Award #
2016-GJ-FX-K002
Location
Congressional District
Status
Open
Funding First Awarded
2016
Total funding (to date)
$1,353,101

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $311,972)

The FY 2016 Reducing Reliance on Confinement and Improving Community-Based Responses for Girls at Risk of Entering the Juvenile Justice System will strengthen and expand the use of community-based and gender and culturally responsive programs for girls and promote the development of girls and their individual strengths.

The PACE Center for Girls, Inc. (PACE) will devise a strategy to strengthen and increase partnerships, and develop a plan to implement a comprehensive Trauma-Informed Academic Model to reduce reliance on suspension and expulsion and employ school-based interventions that use proactive approaches to address the underlying cause of behavior and reinforce pro-social behaviors among adolescent girls. PACE will deliver a three-year implementation strategy designed to enhance current service delivery practices and procedures, ensuring that: 1) at least 2,000 girls receive trauma-informed, gender-responsive services that address their academic and social service needs so that the out-of-school suspension practice is eliminated; 2) utilize collaborative efforts between to identify girls in need of PACE services are strengthened and enhanced; 3) evidence-based Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports are implemented at all 19 Centers; 4) collaboration between Academic and Social Service staff is enhanced to deliver coordinated services; and 5) staff members receive a professional development training plan to support the implementation plan.
CA/NCF

OJJDP's Juvenile Justice System Improvement Grants program was established to provide grants and cooperative agreements to organizations that provide programs and services critical to the mission of OJJDP, and organizations that OJJDP has selected for funds in prior years.

PACE Center for Girls, Inc. (PACE) encompasses a set of gender-responsive prevention and early intervention programs and services for girls with multiple risk factors for juvenile justice system involvement including academic failure, chronic truancy/dropping out of school, running away, aggressive or anti-social behavior, substance abuse, family instability and conflict, and association with anti-social peer groups, among others. Founded in 1985 in response to an increasing rate of arrests among middle and high school aged girls whose delinquent behavior was driven by underlying trauma and victimization, PACE uses a balanced, holistic approach to re-engage girls with learning, improve academic performance, and address the underlying trauma that contributes to female delinquency.

The PACE model provides the full academic school day and social service interventions in a safe, strengths-based environment that reflects an understanding of the lives of girls and responds to their unique challenges. Since inception, PACE has served more than 37,000 girls at high-risk for delinquency, ages 12 to 17, at non-residential Centers located in 19 counties across Florida, helping them and their families gain the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in school and in life. NCA/NCF

OJJDP's State and Community Development Invited Awards program was established to provide grants and cooperative agreements to organizations that OJJDP designates. This program is authorized by an Act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice.

PACE Center for Girls, Inc. (PACE) encompasses a set of gender-responsive prevention and early intervention programs and services for girls with multiple risk factors for juvenile justice system involvement including academic failure, chronic truancy/dropping out of school, running away, aggressive or anti-social behavior, substance abuse, family instability and conflict, and association with anti-social peer groups, among others.

Founded in 1985 in response to an increasing rate of arrests among middle and high school aged girls whose delinquent behavior was driven by underlying trauma and victimization, PACE uses a balanced, holistic approach to re-engage girls, improve academic performance, and address the underlying trauma that contributes to female delinquency

PACE implemented a data-driven decision approach to understand the local context of girls' involvement in the juvenile justice system and reduce reliance on confinement. PACE will continue the work in Broward County and will replicate this approach in Lee and Hillsborough counties in Florida and Bibb County in Georgia.

NCA/NCF

Date Created: September 14, 2016