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Program Mission: Preparing Achievers for Tomorrow (PAT) high school program prepares youth for post-secondary advancement by providing academic support, preparation for college, personal guidance and pathways to achieve their life goals.

Each year PAT provides over 170 9th-12th grade students with college preparation through academic support, individual mentoring, life-preparedness courses, recreational and enrichment activities, intensive college preparation classes, as well as quality instruction and resources. Beginning in their junior year, students participate in rigorous SAT and College Prep courses. In their senior year, the students then take part in the College Application Workshops series. The seniors are paired with mentors who help them navigate the college system, complete applications and financial aid forms, and give them the critical support they need to ensure successful college enrollment. In addition to the work that takes place at HOLA, every year HOLA staff takes high school students to visit dozens of colleges and universities throughout California and the country. This past year, 58 PAT seniors graduated from high school and nearly all 58 of those students are now going to college! Cumulatively, over the last three years, HOLA has maintained a 100% graduation rate and almost all of those students matriculated to college.

HOLA’s PAT program is funded in part by a five-year, $12 million initiative of the California Community Foundation (CCF). The CCF’s PAT program seeks to improve academic achievement, decision-making skills and self-esteem of youth in South Los Angeles through sports, music and recreation. PAT provides grants to nonprofits for direct services for young people and helps strengthen the ability of nonprofits to deliver services over the long-term. HOLA is honored to be one of seven organizations chosen to be the inaugural grantees of the initiative. PAT was made possible by a generous legacy gift from an anonymous donor whose life was devoted to helping others as a volunteer to nonprofits in Southern California, and who valued the opportunities that music and athletics can provide to young people. For more information on the PAT initiative, please visit the California Community Foundation’s website.

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HOLA is now partnering with Matthew and Camila McConaughey’s just keep livin foundation. Through this collaboration, HOLA’s 9th and 10th grade students are participating in twice weekly classes that focus on fitness and wellness, along with encouraging participation in service events. The lessons the students are learning through the j.k. livin curriculum — to break a sweat, eat healthy and say thank you — will undoubtedly have a positive impact on their lives and their communities. For more information on the just keep livin foundation, please visit their website.

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Program Goals:

9th and 10th Grade Anticipated Outcomes:

  • Each academic year, PAT will enroll 25 9th and 10th grade students in the after school academic and enrichment programs;
  • By the end of each academic year, 75% of participants will increase their grades by half (.5) a grade point or maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

11th Grade Anticipated Outcomes:

  • By the end of each SAT Prep Class, 85% of participants will complete the course intensive;
  • By the end of each semester, 80% of participants will increase their practice SAT test score by an average of 100 points.

12th Grade Anticipated Outcomes:

  • By the end of each academic year, 85% of 12th grade participants will complete the PAT College Application Workshops;
  • By the end of the academic year, 90% of participants completing the PAT College Application Workshops program will graduate from high school;
  • Of those participants completing the PAT College Application Workshops, 90% will enroll in a post-secondary institution.

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Thank you to our friends at Southwest Airlines for making visits to colleges all over the country possible for our high school students.

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Sonia Salazar High School PAT Director
Work Phone: (213) 389-1148, ext. 230
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Laura Greenlee College Counselor
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Cristina Vasquez PAT Coordinator
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Chris Cabrera PAT Coordinator
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