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A Research-Practice Partnership to Strengthen a Program for Girls at Risk of Justice System Involvement

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Mage, Caroline. Baird, Peter. Miller, Cynthia.
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PACE Center for Girls is a Florida-based nonprofit organization that serves girls of middle school and high school age who are at risk of involvement with the justice system. Girls who fit this profile often face challenges distinct from those faced by at-risk boys: They are more likely to have histories of abuse, trauma, truancy, substance abuse, and academic disruption. PACE aims to get these girls back on track by taking a gender-responsive approach, providing a blend of academic and social services that are shaped by an awareness of girls’ development and gender-specific needs.

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