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PACE Youth Academy - Prevention Services

Prevention Services

The effects of an unbalanced geographic distribution of incarceration in poor communities and communities of color radiate beyond the individual to the broader community, presenting profound long-term consequences for family integrity, public health and quality of life.

  • Proper self-image: Services in this area enhance participants overall evaluation of his or her own worth.
  • Academics: Services in this area increase involvement in and understanding of academic programs, promoting high school graduation and extending academic careers.
  • Character Development: Services in this area will help improve core values, behaviors, habits and respect for others.
  • Employment Preparation: Services in this area increase participants preparedness and competitiveness for the workforce through professional development and skill evaluation/building.

The PACE Youth Academy offers a 12-month prevention program for youth dealing with the stigma of having one parent, or both, absent and in jail.

The program is for boys and girls ages 10 to 17, and their parents and/or caregivers.

Program Includes:

Weekly meetings
Workshops on Active Listening, Knowing Your Feelings & Pay Attention to Our Thinking and much more.
Work with a Licensed Professional Counselor
Weekly family dinners
Monthly family field trips

Workshop topics include:

Life Skills
Employment Readiness
Unity in Community Service


After a year of education, support, and fellowship, PACE leadership hosts a graduation ceremony honoring those who have completed the program. Each graduate receives a Completion Certificate and a T-shirt. There will be Educational Scholarships for qualified participants.

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Youth Successfully Completed

Parents Participated


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PACE Youth Academy – Parent/Caregiver Services

PACE Youth Academy for parents and caregivers provides tangible and useful tools to help youth deal with the stigma of having one parent, or both, absent and in jail. Participants referred from The Angel Tree (a Prison Fellowship Program), are automatically eligible to participate.
PACE Youth was founded by Steven Holloway to support young people and their families. Steven’s own father was incarcerated, and he struggled throughout his youth as a result. A life-threatening event in Steven’s 20s woke him up to his destructive path. He chose to get his life back on track and help others too. Steven developed PACE in 2000 to teach youth the skills they need to break the cycle of negativity and build positive futures.
As part of the 12-month program, PACE supports parents and caregivers, as well as youth, using dynamic interactive experiences that help change unhealthy mindsets and values by practicing exercises designed to affirm self-worth and improve communication between youth and parent. Additionally, PACE helps parents develop skills that help them raise positive productive citizens. PACE provides parents with information on self-image, anger management, discipline and communication.
The program encourages bonding between the parents/caregivers and youth, improving the relationship.

RUPD PACE Academy Services

RUPD PACE Academy is a one-week summer camp sponsored by Rice University’s Police Department (“RUPD”) and PACE Youth Programs, Inc. PACE and RUPD are forging ahead to help “bridge the gap between youth, the police and the community”. RUPD and PACE aim to by educating at-risk youth about the many aspects of police work, the different areas of law and how their actions affect the community. This is done in class-room settings with interactive activities and discussions, while building positive and trusting relationships with law enforcement. The camp gives youth a different point of reference which helps youth to make better decisions, educates youth on proper responses to law enforcement and provides understanding of their effect on the community.

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P.O. Box 924424
Houston, TX 77292

(713) 550-3296

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