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Building brighter futures.

Dynamic youth development and social services for all
Our Mission
Chicago Lights builds brighter futures for Chicago’s youth and adults through supportive relationships and life-changing programs.
We partner with Chicago’s youth and adults in mentoring, community services, academic support, career development, and arts education.

Empowering Chicago’s Youth

We offer comprehensive programming for youth to help them unleash their potential – because everyone deserves a bright future.

Supporting academic and personal growth for students

Summer Day
Promoting dynamic summer learning and enrichment
Urban Farm
Growing food, community, and job skills

Chicago’s Adults

We help adults pursue and reach their goals toward achieving greater stability. Our food, clothing, housing, and other resources help build healthy and fulfilling lives.
Social Service Center
Self-development through supportive services

Our Impact:
Changing Lives

At Chicago Lights, we meet people where they are and build trust and true connection, partnering with thousands of students and adults as they pursue their goals and lead fulfilling lives.

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You can help change lives

We believe everyone deserves access to the resources they need to thrive.


Build brighter futures. Change lives. Volunteer with Chicago Lights!


Explore the many ways you can
make a difference.

Be a part of building
brighter futures.

Every dollar you give goes directly toward empowering youth and adults.