Education Fund

The Cesar Chavez Education Fund (CCEF) is focused on transforming the lives of youth and seniors through enrichment and education.

CCEF increases educational opportunities for students who can benefit from additional academic and enrichment services to achieve a high level of learning. CCEF focuses on practical educational instruction and products for K-12 students. Our services are coordinated and designed to supplement the education of youth without replicating existing school instruction. We take a holistic approach, where in addition to academics, we have a strong focus on service learning to build character based on Cesar E. Chavez’s 10 Core Values and the 11 Principles of Character Building.

Our flagship afterschool programming at the Si Se Puede learning centers, housed on our residential properties, help youth both complete their homework and build problem-solving skills, reducing barriers that many of their parents face, including language and education.

CCEF also developed The PepsiCo Cesar Chavez Latino Scholarship Fund. Through this program, qualified students of Latino descent who are beginning or continuing their studies at higher educational institutions in Arizona and California, have received $500,000 in scholarship awards.

Through our Si Se Puede senior centers onsite at our residential properties, we enable resident seniors to be active both mentally and physically. We use a holistic approach that encompasses health, recreation, social and education themes, empowering older people from diverse backgrounds to develop joyful, healthful, meaningful lives.

Highlights from our work:

  • 22 Si Se Puede Learning Centers serving children across 4 states and senior programs in 8 different locations
  • $500,000 awarded in scholarships from 2011-2014; $800,000 by 2023
  • Over 20,000 students served in more than 150 school districts


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Real education should consist of drawing the goodness and the best out of our own students. What better books can there be than the book of humanity?

– Cesar Chavez