PATapalooza group shot with event emcee, Brandi Garcia.    Photo by: Juan Alaniz

PATapalooza group shot with event emcee, Brandi Garcia. 

Photo by: Juan Alaniz


Rhythm Impact, EduCare's Dance Team from Esteban E. Torres High School performing at PATapalooza.

Photo by: Juan Alaniz

Preparing Achievers for Tomorrow 

EduCare recently had the unique privilege of joining the California Community Foundation (CCF) and their non-profit partners at Los Angeles Southwest College for ‘PATapalooza’ – a special one-day event celebrating the achievements of CCF’s ‘Preparing Achievers for Tomorrow’ (PAT) Initiative. 

What is PAT?

PAT – a five-year initiative launched by CCF in 2011 – enabled EduCare to provide more than 200 youth in South Los Angeles with expanded music enrichment programs from marching band, to guitar, to digital recording. As a result, program participants showed improvement in academic outcomes and social emotional behavior, while principals and administrators noted a marked improvement in school climate.

PATapalooza was an incredibly exciting and vibrant celebration of all of the positive outcomes made possible by the PAT Initiative. The day hosted an array of fun activities, including a rock climbing wall and a community art mural, as well as student-led workshops and performances. 

Highlights of the Day:

  • Beatmaking Lab: EduCare students from our PAT-funded music programs at Washington Prep High School and Jordan High School led an interactive music recording workshop, teaching participants how to create their own digital beats with software used in professional recording studios
  • Rhythm Impact/Urban Movement: dance teams from Esteban E. Torres High School and Lincoln High School perform their urban, hip-hop and dubstep choreography
  • PATapalooza Photo Gallery: beautiful photographs of PATapalooza by Juan Alaniz -


Thank you to CCF for supporting our students through PAT and for showcasing the abundance of youth talent in Los Angeles and the South Bay with PATapalooza!