The Cesar Chavez Service Clubs provides leadership development programs in public 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.
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 Managers, 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.
CHAVEZ CLUBS LEADERSHIP
Teamwork Makes the Dream Work
The leadership of the Chavez Clubs is made up of people who are committed to continuing the legacy and ten values of Cesar Chavez. From the Chavista Congress, to our Board of Directors, to our staff, teamwork truly does help make the dream work. Our 2020-2021 Chavista Congress is made up of five Chavistas who lead the project priorities selected by Club members.Our staff members are mentors, leaders and social justice advocates committed to guiding our Chavistas through their educational journeys.Our Board of Directors are committed community leaders with a passion for education, equity and social justice.And lastly, our founders, Carlos and Linda LeGerrette are two freedom rights workers who fought for justice alongside Cesar Chavez.
WHAT WE DO
Creating Leadership Experiences
Since 2001, the Cesar Chavez Service Clubs have offered exciting and innovative leadership development clubs that are active in many local schools in the San Diego region. The Clubs are built on the ten values of Cesar Chavez and are designed to engage Club members in leadership and community service activities. Students build confidence and are inspired to believe in themselves as they learn through their experiences that they can make a lasting difference.
HOW WE LEAD
Cesar Chavez Values
Service to others, determination, and non-violence are some of the Cesar Chavez Values that guide our Chavistas.The first thing Chavistas learn when becoming club members is how service to others fueled Cesar Chavez in his fight for social and economic justice. Throughout their years as Chavistas, the many community service projects, civic engagements, and leadership meetings they are a part of help them truly understand and embody the values of Cesar.
Chavistas Speak Out
Listen to our Chavistas talk About how the Clubs have impacted their lives.
CPI Award Video
Madison, Hiyab, Jacob and Lillian talk about their experiences in the Chavez Clubs.
Our Official Airline!
The Cesar Chavez Service Clubs is proud 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!
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