Stage two, Responsibility, helps create an environment that fosters long-term growth and development and teaches the wisdom of time and that patience can be just as powerful as immediate action, and that each has its place.
The third stage, Dignity, shows that all actions and decisions must be guided by the highest ethical principles, respecting the uniqueness of all involved and honoring each other’s differences. It also embraces growth and change. Katzman states that, “We believe that everyone is capable of remarkable growth, and only by encouraging change can individuals, organizations, and society reach their full potential.”
Stage four, Serenity, identifies strengths in the girls, their families, the staff, and the supporters. “Using these strengths as our foundation, we build strong, confident, and productive community participants,” states Katzman. This stage also shows that exhibiting courage is essential to making a difference as it enables them to speak for those who cannot, take risks to do what is right, deliver just and fair consequences, and be accountable for all actions.
The last stage, Grace, seeks excellence in all they do by holding true to their mission, while consistently meeting high standards of performance, reflecting critically upon their accomplishments, seeking innovative solutions, and believing all things are possible.
Katzman tells us that, “In this stage, they are also able to create effective partnerships and long-term relationships by listening to our staff, our girls and their families, and our communities, incorporating each person’s input and involving them in our decision-making process.”
This is just one example of how Pace creates an environment that allows girls and their families to grow and change together and ultimately do just as Katzman pointed out, “Change the trajectory of their lives.”