Collaborate PASadena Adopted by Pacific Oaks College
Pasadena's Pacific Oaks College & Children's School has a long and distinguished history of service, training, and advocacy for the needs of children and families. Adopting Collaborate PASadena into the Pacific Oaks family is a convergence of two similar missions, and leaders of the organizations are excited with all of the possibilities the new relationship brings.

"We are thrilled with this blending of our programs, and look forward to the many new opportunities that it will create for our students and for the community," said Dr. Patricia A. Breen, Ph.D., President of Pacific Oaks College & Children's School.

Collaborate PASadena was established to benefit the children of Pasadena, Altadena and Sierra Madre by bringing together the City of Pasadena, Pasadena Unified School District and community nonprofit and other partners. Work Groups have met regularly around focus areas of Healthy Families, Early Learning, Student Success, Parent Engagement and Supportive Communities. As a framework of the Collective Impact model, Collaborate PASadena, the backbone of the initiative, has served the community by developing partnerships, connecting organizations and individuals, communicating to and between partners, building alliances, serving as an information clearinghouse, and sparking new ideas.

The initiative has been funded by the City of Pasadena, Pasadena Unified School District and the County of Los Angeles. With the PUSD's current financial status and cuts to the district’s budget, funding for Collaborate PASadena has been curtailed. Restructuring today, and merging the effort with Pacific Oaks College will help to sustain this important work into the future, as a number of involved constituents have indicated interest in seeing this initiative succeed for years to come.

Deeply rooted in the Pasadena area, and providing education “centered on community,” Pacific Oaks College partners with hundreds of schools, clinics, and nonprofit organizations for volunteering, internship, practicum, and fieldwork experiences for their students. Through established relationships with organizations throughout California, Pacific Oaks offers vast networking opportunities for students in their Early Childhood Education, Education, Advocacy & Social Justice, Human Development, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Organizational Leadership degree programs.

In becoming part of the Pacific Oaks family, Collaborate PASadena will enjoy strong support for key areas:
  • Continuation of the cross-sector monthly meetings of the Leadership Council
  • Measurement of the work of cross-sector partners in the collaboration
  • Continuous communications among partners
  • Serving as a "master connector" of individuals, organizations and efforts throughout the area

Collaborate PASadena Work Group activity will continue under new leadership and administration, with the goal of amplifying the work of participating partners.
The Vision | The children of Pasadena, Altadena and Sierra Madre all grow up in a safe, stable, and
supportive environment that prepares them
for success in school and life.
More About Pacific Oaks College & Children's School
Pacific Oaks College was established in 1958 to train teachers in the Children’s School’s progressive teaching methods and philosophy. The College’s commitment to inclusion and social justice – a legacy that can be traced to its founders – has earned its distinction in the community and in the profession.

The College currently offers bachelor’s, master’s, and certificate programs in the Schools of Education, Human Development, and Cultural & Family Psychology which meet the needs of students traditionally underserved in higher education. With an average age of 38, working adults make up the bulk of the student population. Student demographics are diverse, as Pacific Oaks values representation, inclusion, and equity across all groups.

Pacific Oaks Children’s School has long been a pioneer in early childhood education. Established in 1945, the school was created as a means to break down social, economic, ethnic, and racial barriers within a post-war society. The pedagogy developed by the Children’s School centered on experiential learning in which children are encouraged to explore and play. The model has since been adopted by numerous childcare organizations throughout the world.

The Children’s School is renowned for its progressive approach and pioneering accomplishments in the area of anti-bias education, emergent curriculum, and peaceful conflict resolution.

The innovative approach to teaching at Pacific Oaks Children’s School -- as well as a need to prepare and inspire future early childhood educators -- inspired the formation of Pacific Oaks College in 1958.
Pacific Oaks' Programs Address Community Needs and Foster Social Action
Did you know that all of Pacific Oaks’ academic offerings strive to address community needs and drive social action? Recently, Pacific Oaks College announced its first full bachelor’s degree, a B.A. in Community Psychology . Other programs addressing social equity include a B.A. and M.A. in Advocacy & Social Justice and M.A. in Organizational Leadership & Change .

With its 73-year dedication to equality, peace, and inclusion, Pacific Oaks College continues to be a higher education leader in anti-bias curriculum and culture-centered education. The institution’s programs represent the school’s legacy of current, relevant, and progressive programming that responds to the needs of our community.

Community Psychology is a branch of psychology that focuses on how individuals relate to their communities and the reciprocal effect of communities on individuals.

The B.A. and M.A. Advocacy & Social Justice programs provide students with the skills and knowledge to positively impact a variety of critical social issues, from children’s health care, to educational equity, to LGBTQ advocacy, to environmental issue s.

Organizational Leadership & Change is Pacific Oaks’ unique approach to the study of leadership . The program is designed to help individuals develop into authentic leaders who can effectively align organizational goals with the public good.

“Our country’s and the world’s need for skilled social justice advocates and change agents is greater than ever before. Our goal is to build upon the passion and experience of students to prepare advocates who will mobilize individuals and communities toward a common goal,” said Dr. Patricia A. Breen, Ph.D., President of Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School.

To learn more about Pacific Oaks’ academic offerings and a special tuition rate for Collaborate PASadena community partner organizations, please contact Johanna Atienza, Director of Advancement & External Relations, at or 626.529.8092.
Watch for more to come about opportunities to participate in the work of Collaborate PASadena!
LevelUP Again a Success!
LevelUP2, a two-day Youth Leadership Conference presented by the Youth Leadership Network, a collaborative group of youth-serving organizations in Pasadena, was successful again this year! With more than 85 youth attending, the conference was held at the Pasadena Central Library last week on Thursday and Friday, July 26-27, and gave students a wide variety of skill-building activities.
Thank you, Flintridge Center!
We are grateful to Flintridge Center for serving as fiscal sponsor of Collaborate PASadena for the past 18 months! The Flintridge team lives out, every single day, their vision of Relentless Commitment | Transformed Lives. We thank you for your commitment to and partnership with Collaborate PASadena!
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Partner Praise
The Pasadena Youth Ambassador Program began in 2001 to provide job experience to high school students through participation at special events held by non-profit and for-profit organizations in the City of Pasadena. The Program provides opportunities for each Ambassador to gain valuable work experience as docents, attendants, event planners, and as spokespersons for the program. Thank you to the Ambassadors for all of the good work you do!
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