PACE Youth Academy - 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
  • Leadership
  • 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.

For more information, contact Steven Holloway at 713-550-3296 or via email at

PACE Youth Academy is a partnership between PACE Youth Inc. and Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree Program

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.

Our investment in our community is to better equip parents and to expand their capacity for parenting, which ultimately enhances our community and society.

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.

For more information, contact Steven Holloway at 713-550-3296 or via email at

PACE Youth Academy is a partnership between PACE Youth Inc. and Prison Fellowship's Angel Tree Program

Youth Services
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"I heard the bowling outing yesterday was a great success and even a first time experience for many of the kids. Thanks for all you are doing. Many parents of participants have commented on the visible changes occurring in their kids. Keep up the good work."
- D.J.- Retired Juvenile Probation
  Officer Administrator
"PACE has been, and will always be, the place where God-given gifts and talents are displayed to strengthen, develop and equip families in our communities. I am confident that we have been effective and impactful in both lives of youth and parents. Passion is what I feel, and compassion compels me to do something about it with the gift and talents God has blessed me with. PACE functions to encourage, empower, equip and feed the sheep, literally."
- Todd Strayhorn, Youth Instructor