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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.
Tutoring
Supporting academic and personal growth
Summer Day
Promoting dynamic summer learning and enrichment
Urban Farm
Growing food, community, and job skills
Dance Academy
Building confidence and creativity through movement

Empowering
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.

4,000 +

PEOPLE SERVED PER YEAR

50,000 +

PEOPLE SERVED SINCE 1964

Upcoming Events

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

Summer in September

Join the Chicago Lights Associates Board in toasting the end of summer and supporting the education and social service programs of Chicago Lights! Enjoy music, curated drawing items from local businesses, cocktails, and light appetizers.

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You can help change lives

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

Volunteer

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

Donate

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.