Volunteer at our Social Service Center this spring!

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

Summer Programs

We’re creating a joyful summer for Chicago’s youth through our Summer Day Program, Summer Farm Camp, and Summer Dance Intensive.

 

Summer Day

The Chicago Lights Summer Day Program is back in person this year at the Gratz Center. The program provides students with reading, writing, and math skills to overcome pandemic learning loss.

Summer Farm Camp

Grow fruits and vegetables, make new friends, and learn about art and peace at our Urban Farm’s Summer Farm Camp. Open to ages 6-11, Farm Camp gives kids the opportunity to learn outside.

Summer Dance Intensive

Our Summer Dance Intensive offers dance training for dancers in Grades 3-12. The three-and-a-half week program culminates in a final performance at the end of July.

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.