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The Town Hall Meeting on Underage Drinking, which was co-sponsored by the Coalition for a Drug-Free Southwest Florida and the IYJS in Spring 2014, was funded possible by a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration ( The town hall meeting and its video are being considered by SAMSHA as a national best practice.

Dr. Pavelka and PACE - Lee girls advocate to the Florida Legislature in Tallahassee.

Dr. Pavelka was among a distinguished group of global laureates who spoke during the Summer of Peace Summit. Her speech, "The Importance of Policy, Legislation and Data in Restorative Justice," may be heard via Dr. Gordon Bazemore, Professor and Director of the Community Justice Institute at Florida Atlantic University, will join Dr. Pavelka to discuss the Balanced and Restorative Justice Project on October 3, 2013. For more information on the Summer of Peace, see website: