• We Aren't Just Any Students

    We Are Chavistas

    Learning To Lead!

  • Chavista Family Relief Fund

    In times of crisis, Cesar would not have stood still. He would have helped those in need and we ask you to join us in upholding his values and consider a gift -- of any size -- to support Chavistas and their families in this time of need. The donations raised will provide direct support to our families in need.


    March 2021

    Las Mañanitas


    Larry Tramutola

    Dear Friends,

    In light of the heightened sensitivity with the coronavirus (COVID-19), we are postponing the Las Mañanitas Breakfast until next year.

    The health and wellbeing of our Chavistas, supporters, and staff is our priority and we welcome you to review the best practices recommended by ​Centers for Disease Control and Prevention​ (CDC) which we are following.

    Thank you so much for your continued support! In the meantime, stay healthy. We look forward to seeing you in March of 2021. We will be getting back to you all with more details at a later date.

    Si Se Puede,


    Linda and Carlos LeGerrette

  • The Cesar Chavez Service Clubs

    Building Young Leaders

    Our Mission

    Inspiring young people to believe in themselves and to know that they can make a difference.


    The Cesar Chavez Service Clubs provides leadership development programs in public and private schools across San Diego County, building confidence, competence and a sense of community within young people. Through teaching the ten values Cesar Chavez embodied, and carrying out service projects that benefit local communities, the Clubs inspires students to believe in themselves. These students learn by experience that they can make a difference.

    Making A Difference

    In 2000, when the State of California named March 31st Cesar Chavez Day, Carlos and Linda LeGerrette, who had known Cesar Chavez and served within the movement he founded, sought a way to engage young people in the community service that characterized his life. They created the Cesar Chavez Service Clubs, a highly successful leadership development and community service program active in many local schools.


    Cesar Chavez Service Clubs teach students the ten values that Cesar Chavez embodied in his life and work. Our Club members are called "Chavistas" who meet weekly at their school and plan and carry out service projects to benefit the communities where they live. The Clubs work to inspire students to believe in themselves and to learn through the Club experiences that they can make a lasting difference in our world.


    Our clubs provide leadership and service opportunities to over 1,000 members guided by 4 Club Coordinators. This year, the Chavez Clubs combined will hold 800 meetings totaling 25,000 club member hours. Including the total time of the Chavistas, Club Managers, volunteers and staff, the Clubs will invest 31,000 hours in leadership development activities. We have a waiting list of additional schools that want a Club at their school.


    Research demonstrates that Chavistas’ reading scores on standardized tests improve markedly. Educators embrace the Clubs’ work because of its positive effect on students’ attitudes and behavior. The dropout rate among program participants is low, while their retention of information and attendance at school are high. Many go on to be leaders in class, at work, and in the community.

    Who Are Chavistas?

    The Chavistas, as the Club participants proudly call themselves, range from third grade through college age. Chavistas learn how to accomplish their goals by embodying the values of Cesar Chavez, like nonviolence, sacrifice and service. They form habits that will serve them a lifetime, like determination and innovation. As they will tell you, “Si Se Puede! Yes We Can!”

    Who Are Our Club Mangers, Coordinators and Interns?

    The Club Managers, many with years of working with the Chavez Clubs, are fulltime staff with the responsibility of directing multiple Club sites. Club interns are college students, many of them funded by the Price Philanthropies, selected and trained by the Club's founders. They serve for two years facilitating the Clubs’ activities and teaching the Clubs' curriculum. The interns themselves are often transformed by this experience and pledge to give back to their community.

  • Stats & Figures

    We let the results speak for themselves.

    More than 400

    Student Chavista members

    22 Schools

    With Cesar Chavez Service Clubs

    25 Service Projects

    Completed by Chavistas Each Year

    2 Chavez Clubs Book Clubs

    See Our Reading List

    135 Volunteers

    Working in Our Service Clubs and at the Las Mananitas Breakfast

    More Than 100 Sponsors and Donors

    Supporting the Clubs With Financial Donations 

  • Support Our Young Leaders!

    Your donations support Club projects, service outings and leadership curriculum.

  • Contact Us

    Join our email list. Volunteer. Help Us Grow Future Leaders. 

    You + us = awesome.

    Cesar Chavez Service Clubs
    PO Box 131156
    San Diego, CA 92170
    (619) 233-1331
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  • Southwest

    Our Official Airline!

    The Cesar Chavez Service Clubs is proud to announce that Southwest Airlines is now the Official Airline for the Chavez Clubs!. We are so excited and proud to have this partnership with a company that shares our values for community service. Our partnership with Southwest will help to support leadership programs offered to our Chavistas and allow our Chavistas and staff to fly off to new learning experiences. Thank you Southwest!


    We encourage all of our supporters to Fly Southwest! Click here to book your next adventure.

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