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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.

Gala of Hope at Home

Thank you to everyone who supported the virtual 2021 Gala of Hope at Home, benefiting the life-changing youth development and social service programs of Chicago Lights and the community support efforts.

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October Challenge

Run, walk, or bike your way to 26.2 miles The Chicago Lights Associates Board challenges you to complete your own “marathon” throughout the month of October—and no, you do not have to run 26.2 miles straight! Sign up to support Chicago Lights by voluntarily walking,...

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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.