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University Partnership Highlight: The Long Beach Scottish Rite Childhood Language Program

The California Scottish Rite Foundation has valuable partnerships with several universities which grant them the ability to offer a greater breadth of services to a wider range of children in various communities. These partnerships also enable aspiring graduate students at these universities to obtain the necessary hands-on experience they need under the supervision of their clinical professors so that they can make an immediate difference as a Speech-Language Pathologist upon graduation. The California Scottish Rite Foundation is currently partnered with California State University Long Beach, California State University Los Angeles, Chapman University in Orange County, Fresno State, Pasadena City College, and University of the Pacific in Stockton. 


In this article, we will highlight the work being done at California State University Long Beach, home to the Long Beach Scottish Rite Childhood Language Program, one of the many amazing programs made possible by the foundation's partnerships. 

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History of The Long Beach Scottish Rite Childhood Language Program

The Long Beach Scottish Rite Childhood Language Program, founded in 1978, has been a transformative force in the lives of children living in Long Beach and its neighboring communities. This program offers invaluable speech, language, and literacy interventions for childhood language disorders, free of charge, to children ranging from 18 months to 18 years old. Through its services, the program has made a lasting and positive impact on the lives of countless children and their families.  


Community Involvement

The Long Beach Scottish Rite Childhood Language Program is truly outstanding. Not only do they provide exceptional services to at-risk youth, but they go above and beyond to ensure their widespread impact. They share an unwavering commitment to the foundations' missions to support and assist children in California by providing childhood speech-language, literacy, and education programs for a lifetime of improved communication and confidence. Putting this mission into action, they actively engage with their surrounding community, further amplifying their reach and leaving a meaningful impact on the lives of many. 


Driven by a profound sense of purpose and passion, the staff—consisting of clinicians who double as mentors, as well as graduate students—extends their influence beyond the program's walls. They understand that true change and lasting impact are achieved through meaningful connections with the community. By fostering these vital connections, they establish a strong network of support, empowering children, and families to thrive. 

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Recent Charitable Event: Celebration of the Young Child

Recently, The California State Long Beach Speech and Language Program participated in The City of Long Beach’s Celebration of the Young Child at the Billie Jean King Main Library on Saturday, April 27, 2024. The student clinicians conducted articulation screenings, under the supervision of Deanne Wayt, The California State Long Beach Speech, and Language Clinic Director, at the event, which was a collaboration between the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services, the Long Beach Public Library, and the Mayor’s Fund for Long Beach. More than 50 organizations provided resources, hands-on learning, and entertainment to over 1,000 families. 

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Importance of University Partnerships

University partnerships such as this one provide the California Scottish Rite Foundation an extraordinary opportunity to make a difference in diverse communities. Through their unwavering dedication and genuine care, Long Beach Scottish Rite Childhood Language Program has become a shining example of how compassion, expertise, and community engagement can deeply impact the lives of children, nurturing their growth and empowering them to reach their full potential. 

Giving to The Long Beach Scottish Rite Childhood Language Program

The Long Beach Scottish Rite Childhood Language Program, a program of the California Scottish Rite Foundation, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, reliant on philanthropy from individuals, foundations, and corporate partners. The program does not receive any state or federal funding, making donations, awareness, and community involvement imperative. Consider donating today; your generosity will reach countless individuals and communities, giving voice to the future. 

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