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In 1960, California Governor Pat Brown allocated funds for the development of a college, which was to be known as the South Bay State College. The intent was to create a unique, comprehensive institution, which some referred to as the “Harvard of the West”.
However, in August of 1965 the Watts Rebellion erupted, causing 34 deaths, more than 1,000 arrests and $40 million in damages. In response to the riots, the Governor and the California State University Board of Trustees decided to relocate the campus from Palos Verdes to Dominguez Hills to be closer to the areas impacted by the riots. By the following year, September 1966, the first classes opened at what would be the future and current site of California State University, Dominguez Hills with 20 new faculty and 180 students.
The leaders at that time saw a community in crisis, and they looked for a way to transform it. They looked for a way to bring opportunity, a proven route for upward mobility and a greater sense of hope to individuals and to a community. They turned to higher education because they knew an institution of higher education could be a catalyst for change. They wanted transformation. And they got it.
With nearly 90,000 alumni later, enrollment of more than 14,000 students, 31,000 applications for admissions, a $180 million budget, $335 million in annual economic impact, 46 bachelor’s degrees, 22 master’s degrees, and supporting over 3,000 regional jobs, CSUDH is a success story. As one of the most ethnically diverse universities in the nation, CSUDH is federally recognized as a Hispanic Serving Institution, as a Minority-Serving Institution, and has the highest enrollment of African-American students compared to any other California public university (CSU and UCs). The student population is 54.5% Hispanic, 18% African-American, 13% White, 11% Asian or Pacific Islander, .5% American Indian, and 3% two or more races. More than 65% of students are female, 35% male; 43% are the first in their families to attend and/or graduate college; and more than 70% receive some form of financial aid.
CSUDH is a university where pride and purpose meet; where upward mobility begins; where public policy is created; diversity is celebrated; and where dreams of higher education are made real for students, their families, and the community. The university remains steadfast in its commitment to provide a high quality, affordable college education grounded in academic excellence.
Founded in 1996, the Long Beach Public Library Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization that provides support to the Long Beach Public Library through the procurement of private funds.
The Library Foundation's mission is to provide support to enhance the Long Beach Public Library and encourage literacy and education for all members of the community.
The 36th-largest city in the United States and the seventh-largest in California. As of 2010, its population was 462,257. Consistently ranked in the top cities in the nation for diversity, Long Beach is a thriving hub of international commerce and trade.
Long Beach BLAST focuses on at-risk youth in Long Beach, California, and supports, engages, and inspires them to work towards high school diplomas and set goals for the future. BLAST works with nearly 1,000 kids per year through two programs: the Academic Mentoring Program (AMP) and the Bridge to Success Program (BRIDGE TO SUCCESS). The Academic Mentoring Program (AMP) matches more than 500 local college students with youth in a one-on-one mentoring environment and provides support for the child’s academics, future thinking, and character development. Bridge to Success (Bridge to Success) targets more than 250 high school youth who identified as highly at-risk for dropping out of school and engages them with in-school life skills programming, credit recovery, and ancillary services.
We are committed to academic and life-skill mentoring, supporting, and inspiring youth who urgently need the assistance of caring adults if they are to transcend the challenges and limited horizons of their impoverished inner-city neighborhoods. BLAST is deeply invested in the value of rescuing every human life from wasted potential. However, the “return on investment” exceeds a far greater reach than a single nonprofit fulfilling its mission; it is vastly more expensive to society’s pocketbook to provide the resources that this young person will need as an adult.
Founded in 1924, MHALA has a four-part mission: to serve adults and young adults with mental illness; to advocate on their behalf; to train the mental health workforce; and to educate the public about mental health issues. For nearly 30 years, MHALA has increasingly focused its attention on designing effective and innovative service and housing models to help homeless individuals with severe mental illness, particularly those suffering from co-occurring behavioral and physical health conditions so they can attain lives of stability, self-sufficiency, and self-determination.
The organization provides integrated services at seven sites across Los Angeles County (primarily in Long Beach and the Antelope Valley), including: behavioral and physical health care; case management and care coordination; housing assistance and placement; benefits assistance and financial planning; work training and transportation.
Department of Education
Department of Justice
Department of Labor
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Bess J. Hodges Foundation
Carol and James Collins Foundation
Charles and May Smith Charitable Trust
Smith Richardson Foundation
Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
Earl B. and Loraine H. Miller Foundation
Freeman E. Fairfield Foundation
Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation
Port of Long Beach
Rose Hills Foundation
Southern California Edison
Albert and Elaine Borchard Foundation
Time Warner Cable — One Million Minds
W.M. Keck Foundation