Welcome To CIL
Community Improvement League
As we reached our
50th Anniversary in 2014,
we proudly say:
We Left No Child Behind!
The Long Beach Community Improvement League (CIL), “the oldest anti-poverty agency in Long Beach,” is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) community-based social service organization established in 1964. For fifty years, CIL has excelled at its mission: “to create quality public service programs that empower the community economically, socially, and culturally.” Our innovative programs have transformed the lives of thousands of children and families living in economically disadvantaged areas. By working with community residents hand in hand, we have empowered individuals to help themselves.
We are very proud to offer high quality Child Development Services, Before and After school Care, Teacher Training for welfare recipients, and Job Training & Placement Services to low-income, unemployed, hard–to-employ, and under-employed individuals.
Since 1964, our Long Beach Child Development Facility, the jewel of our community, attains the highest standards in early education, parent education and involvement, staff training and professional development, child nutrition program, and community mobilization and awareness. We are so excited to start offering, since 2004, this same degree of excellence in child development, parent education, staff training, and community services in our sister City of Signal Hill at our brand new state-of –the-art facility.
The outstanding array of programs CIL provides has earned praise and acclaim from our city, state, and nationally elected officials. We invite you to browse our web site and explore CIL's history, present programs, and future endeavors.
Happy Anniversary 40th CIL! 1964-2004
We are so happy to announce our Fortieth Anniversary of “working with you hand in hand.”
At our December celebration, Mayor Beverly O'Neill presented a Certificate of Recognition to Long Beach Community Improvement League for providing quality services to low-income individuals in the City of Long Beach since 1964.
On behalf of the Long Beach Community Improvement League, Farah Naz Khaleghi received a Certificate of Recognition for CIL's outstanding efforts in the community from Assembly-member Alan Lowenthal's representative, District Director Helene Ansel.
City of Long Beach Council-member Laura Richardson awarded the Long Beach Community Improvement League with a Certificate of Appreciation for forty years of dedication to the community, and providing services that empower and assist low-income individuals to develop successful professional careers.
We were praised for our services and congratulated by our elected city and state officials, as well as by our Governor and President. Colleen Bentley, Treasurer of our Board of Directors, read aloud a letter of congratulations from California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who recognized Long Beach Community Improvement League's success in positively impacting thousands of lives over the past forty years of community service.
It's Hot Off the Presses:
In August 2004 the Long Beach Oldest Community Organization Opened A New State-Of -The Art Child Care Facility In Signal Hill
Signal Hill Facility Outdoors
Unexpected Visit From
As a community-based organization serving the community since 1964 “50 years”, Long Beach Community Improvement League (CIL) is proud to announce that it is now collaborating with Covered California (Obama Care health Plan). As a Partner, (CIL) will provide public awareness, education, and outreach to the community for the benefits and programs available through Covered California.
Covered California offers subsidized health care coverage in the form of premium assistance and cost sharing reductions to individuals and families with incomes between 139% - 400% Federal Poverty Level Limits. You may click here: Covered California to link to Covered California.
July 18, 1918 - December 5, 2013
The World Lost A Great Leader!
A Freedom Fighter, Humanitarian, Civil Rights Activist, and Nobel Peace Prize Winner
A moment of silence will be observed on Friday December 6, 2013, at 11: 00 A.M., at all
Long Beach Community Improvement League (CIL) facilities in honor of
the Great Nelson Mandela, Former South African President!
CIL Board of Directors, Staff, Students, & Families!
No One Is Born to Hate
"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite."
--1994, from his autobiography, "Long Walk to Freedom"
"Your election to this high office has inspired people as few other events in recent times have done. Amidst all of the human progress made over the last century, the world in which we live remains one of great divisions, conflict, inequality, poverty and injustice. Amongst many around the world a sense of hopelessness had set in as so many problems remain unresolved and seemingly incapable of being resolved. You, Mr. President, have brought a new voice of hope that these problems can be addressed and that we can in fact change the world and make of it a better place."
January 2009, on the inauguration of Barack Obama as president of the United States
The Long Beach Community Improvement League
President Barrack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden for Their 2012 Reelection
“4 More Years”
New Doctoral Program Success at CSULB
California State University of Long Beach (CSULB) celebrated the first cohort of students earning Doctoral Degrees in Education Leadership on May 27th, 2010. The three-year doctoral program is designed for working professionals, and its aim is for graduates to effectively meet the challenges in urban education and the increasing need for academic leadership. Dr. Farah Naz Khaleghi, Executive Director of the LBCIL, was one of 13 Ed.D. graduates of this first cohort. We offer our warmest congratulations to Dr. Khaleghi and all the other educational leaders who successfully completed this demanding program. For more information regarding the doctoral program at CSULB, or to apply to the program, please click on the following link: Ed.D. in Educational Leadership
CIL Participates in the Summer Youth Program: “Hire-a-Youth”
The Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network’s Summer Youth Employment Training Program, made possible through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, is providing the youth of Long Beach and Signal Hill with “entry level training, confidence that comes from a job well done, exposure to new career pathways, community involvement and responsibility, a paycheck that will be spent locally, and a true sense of accomplishment,” according to Bryan Rogers, Executive Director of the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Board.
CIL has a long history with the Summer Youth Program, having been a participant since its inception decades ago. At CIL this summer, our youth workers have been learning responsibility in an employment setting, developing general skills such as punctuality, following a dress code, being receptive to direction, and following through with instruction. Some have been working directly with teachers in the classroom, assisting in everyday activities, learning safety procedures, and developing the ability to interact with children. Others have been learning how to work in our offices, assisting the administrative staff by completing tasks assigned to them and greeting families and children.
For young people interested in gaining education, experience or employment year-round, check out the Hire-a-Youth site.
If you are a business owner interested in programs such as Hire-a-Youth, and other tax credits and incentives offered through the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network, please clink on the following link: Pacific Gateway Business Solutions
Congratulations to the
President of the United States
Vice President Joe Biden
The 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama, was inaugurated on January 20, 2009, before a crowd that reached unprecedented numbers. CIL Executive Director, Dr. Farah Khaleghi, was among the millions who participated in Washington, D.C. The inaugural theme, taken from the Gettysburg Address, was "A New Birth of Freedom," commemorating the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was also honored. Congratulations and best wishes to President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden as they
Congratulations to the
President-Elect of the United States, Barack Obama
CIL's Honors and Awards
Congratulations to CIL's Executive Director
Once again we are all excited at CIL as our Executive Director, Dr. Farah Naz Khaleghi, has been selected to receive an award of special congressional recognition for outstanding services to the community from the US Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald at the 2 nd Annual Congressional Community Pride Awards. The event will take place on Saturday August 6, 2006 at the Carson Community Center. Congratulations!!!
On April 13, 2006, once again, CIL was recognized for its outstanding services to the community by the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated at the Public Meeting of the 77 th Regional Conference at Hyatt Regency Long Beach with about 900 people from 17 different states in attendance. Dr. Khaleghi received the award on CIL's behalf.
On June 4, 2005 CIL was honored by Theta Alpha Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority for outstanding achievement and community service in the area of education and received the 2005 Pearl Award. CIL's executive director Dr. Farah Naz Khaleghi was also recognized for her outstanding service to the community and leadership, and was presented with the Award of Commendation in a ceremony held at the Long Beach Marriott Hotel.
Dr. Farah Naz Khaleghi
State of California, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger,
California State Senate, Senator Debra Bowen & Senator Betty Karnette,
County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors, Supervisor Gloria Molina
& Chairman of the
California State Assembly, Assemblymembers,
U.S. House of Representatives, Congressmembers Juanita Millender-McDonald & Linda Sanchez, and
City of Long Beach Mayor Beverly O'Neill,and Councilmembers: Bonnie Lowenthal 1st District, Frank Colonna 3rd District, Tonia Reyes Uranga 7th District, Rae Gabelich-8th District, & Val Lerch 9th District.
We want to thank all our elected officials, community partners, friends,
Congratulations to CIL's Board Chair
In July 2004, Ahmed Saafir, CIL's Board Chair,
"I can't be what I ought to be until you
January 2005 - As a grassroots community agency, we truly understand
and embrace the above theme for the 17th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King,
Jr. Birthday Unity Parade and Celebration. CIL is honored and delighted
to be participating in this event for the second year
CIL's board, staff, children , and families Marching in Dr.King Parade January 17, 2004
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