PACE Center for Girls Expansion Named a Mutual of America 2011 Community Partnership Award Winner

Jacksonville Nonprofit Organization Helps At-Risk Girls and Young Women Turn Their Lives Around

Nov 17, 2011, 10:07 ET from Mutual of America

NEW YORK, Nov. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Mutual of America announced today that PACE Center for Girls Expansion was named an Honorable Mention recipient of the 2011 Community Partnership Award competition.

With the number of girls entering the juvenile justice system on the rise, PACE Center for Girls Expansion focuses on community-based prevention, diversion and early intervention to help at-risk girls and young women, ages 12-18, in Florida find a path back to hope. The program is part of the PACE Center for Girls, which is based in Jacksonville and partners with the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.

"Many of the girls who come to PACE are victims of physical or sexual abuse, and are behind academically or have dropped out of school," says president and CEO Mary Marx. "PACE helps them turn their lives around by providing gender-responsive education, counseling and career planning."

The only statewide effort of its kind in the United States, PACE has served more than 21,000 girls in 17 locations across Florida.

About the Mutual of America Community Partnership Award

The Mutual of America Community Partnership Award annually honors the outstanding contributions that 10 nonprofit organizations, in partnership with public, private and other social sector organizations, make to society. Since its inception in 1996, the Community Partnership Award has recognized 160 partnerships from cities and towns all across America. To learn more about the Community Partnership Award and the 2011 winners, visit

"All of the 2011 honorees are leaders in society, creating innovative and effective solutions to help those in need," said Thomas J. Moran, Chairman, President and CEO, Mutual of America. "Through the Community Partnership Award, Mutual of America is proud to recognize, support and help extend the reach of these vital partnerships."

About Mutual of America

Mutual of America specializes in providing retirement products and services to organizations and their employees, as well as to individuals. Since 1945, Mutual of America has remained committed to offering plan sponsors, plan participants and individuals carefully selected, quality products and services at a competitive price and the personal attention they need to help build and preserve assets for a financially secure future. For more information, visit

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