The L.A.C.E. Institute is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization designed specifically to support the development and life-matriculation of young girls.

The mission of the Institute is to provide young girls with Life Currency, the tools that will help mold them into leaders, inventors, philosophers, and academicians.

The Institute enrolls students who are bright, curious, motivated, and show strong academic and personal promise. The successful student embraces our progressive curriculum and thrives on the connections made between experiential learning and the world.  The Institute prepares students to be progressive independent thinkers.  Institute students gain a strong sense of self and purpose, and graduates continue on to become leaders in their respective fields.

As an institution and as individuals, we value courage, commitment, strong character, integrity, and servanthood. We are committed to positive thinking, ingenuity, and forward movement.

Our instruction will operate to distinguish Institute students from their peers and provide them with a significant advantage in employment and social fronts.  It is our hope that the confidence our girls exude, will breed confidence in others and encourage them to follow the paths our students lay.  We further hope to create permanent systemic changes in our students' communities through student instruction, parental cooperation, and community involvement. 

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The L.A.C.E. Institute was founded by Afi C. Patterson in response to the gaping educational and social needs of young girls in traditionally under-represented communities and schools. With the support of Southern University Law Center’s organization Women in Law, her devoted professor, and a host of friends and volunteers, Patterson set out to make a difference in the lives of girls. In addition to building self-esteem and confidence, the Institute provides motivated girls with tools for their future professional distinguishment and advancement.

Since its inception Institute has been able to provide girls with Life Currency and establish methods for forming and maintaining supportive relationships with their parents and instructors. The Institute has also been able to engage the girls’ broader communities by providing open workshops on topics that are crucial to advancement. As the organization grows domestically and internationally, its founding core values remain the same.



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