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Chula Vista launches volunteer program to help young people

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CHULA VISTA (CNS) - City officials announced on Tuesday the launch of "Chula Vista Serves," a two-year program to recruit adult volunteers to help in education and health care.

Participants will serve as "graduation coaches" for a young person in their life, helping them graduate from high school and exposing them to college opportunities; implement the Junior Achievement program in middle and high school classrooms; serve as youth mentors; or encourage residents to engage in healthy lifestyles.

"Our ability to make lasting change through service is invaluable to the long-term success of our city - we all have a stake in our future," Mayor Cheryl Cox said. "This is Chula Vista's centennial year. Celebration of this milestone is a perfect opportunity for residents to strengthen our community with their time and talents."

Chula Vista Serves is funded by a Cities of Service Leadership Grant, which is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Rockefeller Foundation. Cities of Service was developed two years ago by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in New York City.

The grant money allowed the city of Chula Vista to appoint its first chief service officer, Wanda Lee Bailey, the former executive director of Volunteer San Diego.

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