Welcome To CIL

Long Beach

Community Improvement League

Leaves No Child Behind”,

as we approach our

 

50th Anniversary

 

Celebration in 2014!

                             

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 Assemblymember Alan Lowenthal's representative, District Director Helene Ansel.      

City of Long Beach Councilmember 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
Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald

Long Beach Community Improvement League (CIL) t opened its most unique and state-of-the-art child care facility at Las Brisas Community Housing Project in Signal Hill. On Monday, October 4, 2014, the Center had an unexpected visit from Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald and her District Director Terry Stinson. CIL Executive Director Farah Naz Khaleghi, Program Director Lisa Watanabe, and Controller Richard Cook greeted the guests at the new facility. After a complete tour of the facility, the congresswoman expressed that she is delighted and happy to see such a beautiful facility in this area of Signal Hill for our young children to learn, develop, and enjoy.

Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald
District Director Terry Stinson, and
CIL Executive Director Farah Naz Khaleghi
  In Signal Hill Facility Classroom

 

CIL's Board Chair Ahmed Saafir

Shortly after arriving in Long Beach in 1966, one day Ahmed Saafir was walking down Olive Avenue and discovered the History Classes being held at 2222 Olive Avenue . Having a curious mind,          he found out that a lot more was going on there than the history classes. There was movement afoot and history being made at the Long Beach Community Improvement League, The League, 2222 Olive Avenue . It was then and there that he met Dr. Harvey Williams and learned about the Civil Rights movement. While attending California State University Long Beach, he began tutoring at The League's very unique Project Tutor, a project to aid school-age children academically, socially, and personally. Ahmed worked with the project, touring young students who came from all around the city desperately seeking help with their schoolwork and studies. Showing promise and dedication, he then was promoted to the Educational Service Director, overseeing all educational programs at The League, 2222 Olive Avenue . Years later, after becoming a successful businessman, Mr. Saafir returned to The League, 2222 Olive Avenue to give back by becoming a board member. He is currently the Long Beach Community Improvement League's Chairperson of the board, with facilities at 2222 Olive Avenue, 2399 California Avenue, and 320 Pine Avenue.

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  Duane Ryan Johns, 1 st Prize Winner

Long Beach City College and Long Beach NAACP
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest, January 2007
Contest Theme: Essay about a “Local Organization Striving To Achieve Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Dream of a Beloved Community with an Ultimate Goal of Integration”

Duane Ryan Johns Essay about our beloved Long Beach Community Improvement League (CIL) ” was the 1 st Prize Winner. Essays were reviewed and selected by a panel of Long Beach College and community members

Sponsored by: Long Beach City College Foundation Grant  
         Long Beach Cultural Affairs Council
Long Beach NAACP

Please click here to read the essay:  Duane Johns Essay

 

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   Child Care Info-line

For detailed information about our State Subsidized Child Care and Development & Before/After School Programs, please visit our child care information website:   www.lbcil.info

or call our Child Care Info-line: (877) 757-0207

                  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disclaimers

Long Beach Community Improvement League (CIL) General Disclaimer Notice:

The opinions and views expressed by the Long Beach Community Improvement League (CIL)’s board of directors, management, staff, affiliates, and associates are their sole and separate views and opinions and do not necessarily reflect those of the CIL’s, nor does the CIL adopt such opinions or views as its own.  The Long Beach Community Improvement League (CIL) disclaims and does not assume any responsibility or liability with respect to any opinions, views, and statements of its members, affiliates, associates, guests, and presenters.  CIL further disclaims any responsibility or liability with respect to any actions, qualifications, and representations of its members, affiliates, presenters, or subscriber in general or in connection with the application of any information and/or recommendations made by the CIL, its boards of directors, management, and staff or through CIL’s publications, resources, activities, and events thereof.

 

CIL Endorsement Disclaimer

Links to other websites are provided for the convenience of users. CIL is unable to provide any warranty regarding the accuracy or completeness of the content of such sites, or the reliability, quality or effectiveness of any services and/or products provided through these websites.  A links to an external web site does not imply an endorsement of the views, information, services, and products provided or held by that website.

 

CIL Web Site Information Disclaimer

Nothing on this website should be taken to constitute professional advice or a formal recommendation.  CIL excludes all representations relating to the content and use of this site. By using this website you are accepting all the terms of this disclaimer notice.  If you do not agree with anything in this disclaimer notice you should not use this web site.

 

 

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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 hereCovered California  to link to Covered California.  

                                                                                                                      

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Nelson Mandela

 

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"

Human Progress

"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

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The Long Beach Community Improvement League

Congratulates

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 

Barack Obama

&

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

&

Vice-President

Joe Biden

 

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
Receiving NAACP Award
October 15, 2004, Long Beach Hilton Hotel


October 15, 2004 - Our Executive Director,          Dr. Farah Naz Khaleghi, was thrilled to be the recipient of the NAACP's Zelma A. Lipscomb Community Service Award.   She was honored at the NAACP 25th Freedom Fund Banquet on Friday, October 15th, at the Long Beach Hilton Hotel.  The event started with a reception and memory walk held at 6 p.m., and was followed by dinner and presentations at 7:30 p.m. As our representative at the Long Beach Community Improvement League, Dr. Khaleghi was recognized for her services to the community for the second time this year. In addition to a beautiful plaque from the NAACP honoring her, She received Certificates of Recognition and Awards from:

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
Board, Don Knabe,

California State Assembly, Assemblymembers,
Alan Lowenthal & Jenny Oropeza,

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, and supporters
who joined a full house in celebrating this wonderful NAACP event.  We also extend our sincere appreciation to the Long Beach Branch NAACP for this great honor.

Congratulations to CIL's Board Chair

In July 2004, Ahmed Saafir, CIL's Board Chair,
was appointed to the Civil Service Commission. 
A welcoming reception was held on July 7, at the Long Beach City Hall, attended by the city department heads and community residents, to welcome the newly appointed Commissioner Saafir. We wish Mr. Saafir great success in his appointment.

"I can't be what I ought to be until you
are  what you ought to be."                                  
 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.          

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
in a row.  At last year's event, our very own Executive Director, Dr. Farah Naz Khaleghi, was honored as the Grand Marshall for the Sixth District. Children, parents, and staff were all thrilled to march in the parade, which ended at King Park with a beautiful awards presentation. View the photo album for snapshots from the parade and celebration! 

CIL's board, staff, children , and families Marching in Dr.King Parade January 17, 2004

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The Passing Of
Mrs. Frances Rains

Memorial Service for Ms. Frances Rains
was held on Friday, June 16, 2006
                          at 6 PM
                   Grant AME Church
               1129 Alamitos Avenue
                Long Beach CA 90813
  The Service Was Open To The Public

Long Beach Community Improvement League
Hosted A Reception Following The Service

Rains helped civil rights       

On behalf of the Long Beach Community Improvement League (CIL) board of directors, staff, families, and children, it is with deepest sorrow to announce the passing of our dear Mrs. Frances Rains, Board Chair Emeritus. She passed away on Sunday, May 21, 2006, at the age of 95. She was a pioneer nurse, businessperson, volunteer, and an educator who diligently served our community, families and children. She dedicated many years to the cultivation of our CIL's mission, “to create quality public service programs to empower the community economically, socially, and culturally.”

Mrs. Rains was born on January 29, 1911, as Frances Mary McHie. Her career and accomplishments span over a period of 70 years. She was the first black woman to attend and graduate from the University of Minnesota School of Nursing in 1932. Mrs. Rains was also the first black employee to hold a supervisor position at the outpatient clinic for Minnesota General Hospital. She served as Associate Professor, and assistant to the Director at Nashville's Meharry Medical College, and Director of Nursing Service for their Hubbard Hospital.

Mrs. Rains married Dr. Horace Rains, and was the mother of two children. They moved to Southern California, where in 1953, she became the first Black woman to teach at the School of Nursing for the University of Southern California General Hospital in Los Angeles. She became a real estate broker in 1972, and owned a Century 21 franchise.

Mrs. Rains was a former board member of the Long Beach Children's Psychiatric Clinic, American Nurses Association, Harbor Area Chapter of Links, and the National Council of Negro Women. She was a member of Grant AME Church for nearly 50 years. She also served as an officer for the Long Beach NAACP. She was the chair of the Long Beach Community Improvement League Board of Directors, and worked tirelessly until 2004 when health problems did not allow her to continue any longer.

She was a phenomenal woman and will be greatly missed.

Please check our website for more details of the upcoming services.

CIL Executive Director & Board Chair

CIL-Press Release-10-2005

State Subsidized Child Care And Development Services For Families Displaced

By Hurricane Katrina

 

From Groundbreaking
To 
Grand Opening

December 9, 2004 - Our Grand Opening Ceremony and reception was held on Thursday, December 9th, from 3:30 to 7:30 pm. Following a welcome from CIL Executive Director Dr. Farah Khaleghi and LACDC Executive Director Robin Hughes, remarks were made by Signal Hill Mayor Ellen Ward.

Remarks were also made by Ray Resiler, Executive Director of the S. Mark Taper Foundation. He was presented with commemorative plaques from CIL and LACDC, in gratitude of the Foundation's tremendous and invaluable contribution to the construction of the center.  Mr. Reisler was also presented with a collection of children's books to be donated to the children of Las Brisas Childcare Center.  

Presentations were made to CIL and LACDC by representatives from the offices of Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald, Senator Alan Lowenthal, and Assemblymember Jenny Oropeza.  Support for this project also came from the Long Beach business community, community leaders, and local residents. All were able to tour classrooms and see firsthand the dedication and diligence that went into every detail of this beautiful child care center. The Press Telegram and Signal Hill Tribune provided press coverage for this event. View pictures on our Child Care Facilities page!

Applications for enrollment for children aged 2-12 are being accepted now. For more information, contact our office at (562)426-8897 or (562)951-3500.

Long Beach Community Improvement League (CIL) and
Los Angeles Community Design Center (LACDC)

December 9th, 2004 Opening Ceremony

Las Brisas Child Care Center

A Gift of the S. Mark Taper Foundation

Press Release

December9OpeningCeremonyPressRelease

 

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